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
Carice van Houten and Guy Pearce became romantically involved on the set. They missed the movie's premiere at the Venice Film Festival because their son, Monte Pearce, had been born just five days before (director Martin Koolhoven nicknamed him 'the Brimbaby'). See more »
When Elizabeth falls down in the Barn she hits her Head on a Barrel and passes out. That Barrel is missing in the next shot. 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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The movie could seem confusing because it's made of several stories intertwined though inter-generational time-line. These stages wrap the main theme in itself and, in a fine way put it to the beginning on the very end. Makes this perpetuity one of it's points: how some flaws and psychological elements haunt us through generations. Almost like a curse, a generational misfortune. Film is also making a strong point about extremes of human nature, which is I guess one of the main subjects of the author. And wide span it is (the human nature): from the harsh violence to the best of strength and excellence against it. Put in strong inter-generational context of parent-child. The movie is not simple and is really SLOW, even for a more conservative viewers. The tone of human nature and violence in it reminded me in some moments of "There Will Be Blood" (for from a comparison please) and many more such psychological-driven dramas. Wouldn't recommend it to non-lovers of psychological drama put in a anti-feminine time frame and wilderness of western surrounding.
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