The Horseman (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Horseman
a hard-hitting, sympathy-confounding thriller that painfully interrogates our own muddled feelings about the sex industry, retribution, and the limits of love, fatherly or otherwise - with an electrifying performance from Marshall.
For all the rough edges, and perhaps because of them, The Horseman is compelling voyeurism, and the two leads are near on perfect.
Marshall's performance, as the desperate, driven father, is striking; it gives the film an emotional centre without ever diminishing the horror of his character's actions.
For such a film, The Horseman is too short of flair - there's not enough of it to distract us from the nastiness.
It's mean and upsetting, but though the cruelty may undermine the message of vengeance breeding vengeance, it's never presented as slickly enjoyable or a facile solution.
Audience Reviews for The Horseman
To call this mindless violence would be inaccurate. Whilst incredibly violent in a very gritty way, the acting is of high standard and the storyline realistic, the violence is the outcome of a man pushed to his limits and is destroyed by events. The main character was really impressive, a great revenge flick, with a dark character that you can empathise with.
Violent Aussie revenge film about a father on the hunt for the men who were responsible for the death of his daughter after they fuelled her with drink and drugs during a porn shoot. It's gritty and brutal with some scenes of torture but it's shies away from showing anything in graphic detail. The film does get a little slow during the middle parts and it isn't as strong as other revenge films out there. A real good attempt for its budget.
A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.
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