Source: Catholic News Service
Downbeat, post-Civil War chase film with surrealistic flourishes, as bedraggled ex-soldier (Pierce Brosnan in an impressively gritty change of pace) flees relentless pursuer (Liam Neeson) and posse, while enduring bitter cold, raging waterfalls, gunshot wounds and other vicissitudes before the film climaxes with a redemptive confrontation in the desert. Director and co-writer David Von Ancken pays homage to iconic Westerns of the past, but his script is disappointingly routine, and much of what's here feels merely like an uninspired retread. Though the leads are solid, there's an enjoyable cameo by Angelica Huston, and the resolution is admirably moral, there's a tiresomely contrived air to the whole enterprise. Sporadic brutal if reasonably restrained violence, a mercy killing, a gruesome bullet removal and some crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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