Mike's Take: 3 Stars
After the North defeated the South, bad blood was rampant throughout the states despite all efforts to preserve our more perfect union. “Seraphin Falls” uses two characters, a Union and Confederate Soldier (played by Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson, respectively), to represent broad strokes of anger, despair and the futile need for revenge.
The plot is a bare-knuckle, stripped down vengeance narrative played out in breath-taking backdrops of wide open desert, perilous mountaintops and woodland surroundings. I couldn’t have cast a better pair of adversaries than Brosnan and Neeson.
The film can be excruciating slow at points, the action is long-awaited, and the resolution of conflict is ambiguous in the finale. It’s more psychological-driven — often meaning dull and not for the inattentive viewer.
Having said all that, I liked it. It’s a fine morality play on film, though a little odd in its ultimate ‘good versus evil’ theme. If you don’t expect a typical Wild West adventure, you might be surprised by “Seraphim Falls.”
Jorge’s Take: 1 1/2 Stars
I suppose we can’t expect a normal story line to conclude in a normal satisfying way any more. “Seraphim Falls” begins like a typical man-hunt drama, where the prey proves to be ever resourceful and virtually unstoppable. This hooked me. I had to see how a Civil War era version of James Bond would fall to the persistent Liam Neeson whose only motive to exist is vengeance.
Much like other man-hunt movies starring Tommy Lee Jones where the prolonged hunt takes audiences toward a grand reckoning of injustices, “Seraphim Falls” leads us to an open field for the final confrontation. But instead of one gunslinger beating the other to the draw, a third party enters the stage. An alien might as well have landed in the middle of the desert to resolve the conflict because I couldn’t figure out what to make of her. I still can’t make sense of this Twilight Zone ending, but watching Brosnan and Neeson perform together did keep me from hating this movie altogether.