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The Proposition

FullAuto ( 1,042 ) · Group: Administrators · Rank: spacer · Posted On: August 5, 2006 at 01:48 PM

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Something of an Australian Western, though it's more Unforgiven than Magnificent Seven. Ray Winstone acts his fucking arse off, playing a great character. Guy Pearce approximates an Irish accent, but otherwise does a decent job.

19th century Australia, still a rather lawless land. Captain Stanley (Winstone), captures a pair of brigand brothers, and offers one of them a deal. If Charlie (Pearce) goes and kills his mad-dog big brother, Arthur, he'll let Mikey, the little brother, go free. Unofrtunately, the townsfolk aren't going to be patient for justice, and Charlie and Arthur have violent tempers.

The film is marred by heavy-handed criticism of British colonialism (gee, never seen that before, though I don't think Mel Gibson is involved in this one) and a Brit character that is nothing more than a poor panto villain. And Emily Watson, playing Winstone's wife, looks like she's always sucking on something bitter.

Apart from that, though, cracking film. Great headshots, too.

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