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
Writer/director Martin Koolhoven has acknowledged the influence that both The Night of the Hunter (1955) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) had, especially on the depiction of the Reverend character, played by Guy Pearce. It is interesting that he plays a reverend who immigrated from The Netherlands to America, where the character of Reverend Harry Powell from The Night of the Hunter (1955) was based on the murderer Harry Powers, who was born in The Netherlands and had moved to America. His real name was Herman Drenth. Koolhoven also admitted to have been subconsciously influenced by how Sergio Leone introduced the Harmonica and Cheyenne characters in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968): his Reverend character is also first heard approaching and noticed by bystanders, but not seen on camera, and the final reveal of his face occurs very slowly. See more »
When hanging up the laundry at the start of the film, the articles of clothing change. 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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Portrays the dark side of the religion while maintaining the suspense until the end
I am so glad I took the chance to watch it before premier. This movie may not have "the most unexpected ending"-factor like other top thrillers.However, the great acting and the setting manages to keep that thrill alive until the end.
As pointed by others, it is not suitable for faint-hatred and you may encounter some violent scenes which may make you feel utterly disgusted but this makes the film more realistic and leaves you craving for justice.
If TV-series like Game of thrones, Outlander, West World intrigues you this will as well.
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