Seraphim Falls

Note: this is post #500 since starting the site way back in July of 2009! To mark this, next week will feature guest reviews, several ‘feature’ posts as well as some more regular Paragraph Film Reviews. Thanks to everyone that reads, comments and visits the site, particularly the regulars. You folks are ace!

Seraphim Falls: a determined bounty hunter (Neeson) and his hired guns are chasing a skilled man (Brosnan) through the wilderness for reasons unknown. With two big actors centre screen you’d expect this film to play well… Broz takes his grunting to a whole new level as he’s on his own for most of his part – unfortunately, there’s also a scene where he’s genuinely out-acted by a horse! Pre-heroic re-invention Neeson feels miscast here, and in general everyone looks a bit disinterested. The writing is sloppy, and storytelling has a lot to be desired – an Indian and saleswoman appear – only to facilitate a showdown – and we don’t know why Broz is even being hunted for around 90 minutes – who should we be rooting for? With this, there’s not a whole lot of tension (essential for a decent cat-and-mouse story). It’s partially well-shot, making the biggest reason to watch this some great scenery of wilderness and breathtaking landscapes. Overlong, uninteresting and full of questionable acting, Seraphim Falls feels like a bunch of guys walking about in the words, then desert for the most part – it’s is nobody’s finest hour. 3:10 to Yuma is still the daddy of modern westerns!

Score: 3/10

  1. Nice post! Brosnan out-acted by a horse. Haha. I love it. I’m not his biggest fan either. I actually liked this film though. 3:10 to Yuma was a bit of stinker for me. The progression of Russell Crowes character didn’t make sense.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yep, horse elegantly dying while Broz just stands there grunting and breathing… sad times. I think 3:10’s more enjoyable than this because of ‘the chase’ being a little more action-based and up-front. Are you a big Western fan?


      • I love a good Western. It’s hard to pick favourites, there are so many. But The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Unforgiven, Once Upon a Time In The West and t.v. mini series Lonesome Dove are few my first picks.


  2. I’ve never heard of this, and it sounds like I’m glad. I would like to see Brosnan out-acted by a horse though!


  3. Pity this didn’t do anything for you. I really loved the beginning and for me the whole ride was pretty good…although I could not stop thinking of that Family Guy video that made fun of Liam trying to be a cowboy. I liked it then again I’ve only seen it once; may not hold up so well a second time.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Cheers man, well-written and well-argued review there -I see where you’re coming from. May re-visit this at some point, but no time soon.


      • I was really gutted (pardon the pun) Brosnan didn’t say “I thought they smelled bad on the outside” after his little game of hide and seek.


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