FIVE THs???? You ask… HELL YES!! This movie is that bad ass!!! The cinematography is some of the best I’ve ever seen. The characters and acting are fucking brilliant. The effects and violence are incredible. Some of this is even heart breaking. Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone are AWESOME and that really is Danny Huston as the savage and wild Arthur…. This really is one of my favorite Westerns ever. And boy is it bloody. And violent. And wicked. I could probably watch this once a week for a year and never get tired of it…. Love it!! I should probably add this: if you haven’t seen this and are giving it a think, this is very brutal and doesn’t come equipped with a happy ending.
Man…. Guy Pearce is such a stud when it comes to his movies – I am still dumbfounded that he did LOCKOUT. Oh well…. in this he’s Charlie Burns of The Burns Gang infamy that goes around raping and pillaging. It’s not ever implied that Pearce’s character does any raping but the other members of his gang must since one of them had their way with a pregnant woman (which is why they are being hunted down so ferociously to begin this movie). Oh – and one of them intends to Get Down with Emily Watson against her will later on towards the end. So we start this off with Pearce and his little brother Mike getting into a fire fight at some whorehouse and they captured by Ray Winstone and his boys.
It seems the cops are more interested in the Burns’ older brother Arthur (Huston) and Winstone vows to kill Mike unless Charlie goes out and kills Arthur. He gives him just a few days to come back with his brother’s head or he’ll hang Mike by the neck!!! Did I mention this takes place in the late 1800’s Australian plains? No telephones or electricity in this one, friends! It’s horses and guns and knives and spears and blood and flies and dirt and drinking and a couple of beheadings and floggings and aborigines and all around gritty, dirty awesomeness. This is a total must see in my opinion. Don’t delay!!