Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Horseman (2008)

Christian suffers the worst fate that any father could possibly imagine when the police inform him that his daughter has been found suffocated to death after being physically abused and pumped full of drugs. After receiving an anonymous package in the mail, Christian learns that his daughter had fallen into an underground pornography ring, and he immediately sets off to find his daughter's killers and make them pay! Steven Kastrissios' breakthrough Independent feature THE HORSEMAN is an abrasive thriller that follows one man's violent and bloody quest for revenge. Unlike so many other antiheroes, Christian is neither sly, stealthy, or self-assured. He frequently loses his composure and breaks down into quivering fits of rage, madness, and sorrow as he interrogates each of the men that he feels are responsible for his daughter's death. Peter Marshall is intimidating in the role, with a fiery intensity that explodes on screen. The young hitchhiker, Alice, that he picks up on the road serves as the only remaining link to his humanity, a surrogate daughter for him to protect in place of his own. Although the action beats can become repetitive as Christian uses the same methods of torture to extract information from his victims, the raw violence and gritty gore are painfully realistic. Kastrissios constantly forces the audience to question the morality behind Christian's vigilante justice, especially when each of the men involved in the sex tape claim that his daughter was already on drugs when she arrived and that she was a willing participant at all times. Blinded by rage, Christian willfully ignores the fact that his daughter may have been responsible for her own asphyxiation. With its tightly drawn tension and suspense, THE HORSEMAN stands out as one of the strongest action films to come out of Australia since the original MAD MAX!

Rating: 8/10.

If you liked THE HORSEMAN, check out:
TAKEN, 8MM, PRINCESS.

8 comments:

  1. I'm actually reviewing this one on the weekend! And I agree - a great revenge flick that's raw and gritty. Definitely looking forward to whatever Steven Kastrissios directs next.

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  2. You mean this isn't the Barry Windham biopic. Just kidding, Carl. Sounds cool. Sounds like a brutal and "not so nice" version of Taken.

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  3. There is no mistaking the similarities between this and TAKEN, but this is definitely more unpolished and less theatrical, good stuff all around! Looking forward to your thoughts Fred!

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  4. This movie was great, a very down and dirty flick that's actually well done and well acted. I love revenge movies and this was one of the best I've seen.

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  5. Sounds like a great flick - will have to check it out. Thanks for the review!

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  6. It is definitely worth the buy, I added it to my wishlists immediately!

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  7. One of the best revenge flicks to come along in a while

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