A triumphant epic of survival and a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth. Our heroine is Liz (Dakota Fanning), carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, hunted by a vengeful Preacher (Guy Pearce) - a diabolical zealot and her twisted nemesis. But Liz is a genuine survivor; she's no victim - a woman of fearsome strength who responds with astonishing bravery to claim the better life she and her daughter deserve. Fear not. Retribution is coming. Written by
Acclaimed Dutch director Martin Koolhoven worked almost 7 years on this project. He estimated that writing took him 3.5 years (interspersed with visits to movie festivals to promote his previous movie Oorlogswinter (2008)), two years to get the finance in order, and 1.5 years of actual production. See more »
The Accles & Shelvoke captive bolt pistol used to kill the pig was invented in 1913. Though the movie does not specify what year it is, the voice-over talks about 'the old century ', which means the epilogue is probably set in the 20th century and the rest in the three decades before. See more »
As life progresses, images blur. All that remains are memories. Some of them true, some of them false. I remember her well - at least I think I do. She was a warrior. In the old century, you had to be in order to survive.
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A film that packs a punch.....and then some. If you can stomach it you'll love it.
My advice is don't watch this before bed because you probably won't sleep, but if you do sleep, expect nightmares! You think I'm joking, I'm not!! After saying that you'd expect a bad review but to be honest I thought this was a great film with a fantastic story, it's just very hard to watch. What can I tell you other than you won't find it enjoyable because it's deeply unsettling, disturbing, brutal and savage, but it's still extraordinary and Dakota Fanning especially is mesmerising. I didn't watch a trailer before embarking on this journey into hell but I had read a couple of reviews but it still didn't prepare me for what was to come so be warned. Saying that don't think there is gore and brutality thrown about as a shock factor. It's all very relative to the story and makes it so powerful. An excellently made film , a gripping tale expertly told, incredibly acted out by a great cast.
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