David Von Ancken
It's not exactly a fast-paced, gun-blazin' sort of Western (like SILVERADO), but more of a stern-faced and sobering parable about the nature of man and his perpetual thirst for vengeance (like UNFORGIVEN, only not nearly as awesome). And if you sit down with SERAPHIM FALLS skeptical that two Irish actors can pull off a rustic "American-style" Western, fear not. Both performers deliver their typically excellent work.
As the chase travels from mountainside to stream to town and to a horrific desert, we're treated to several familiar characters from Westerns past. Von Ancken is practically making a Western about Westerns, but if you're a fan of the genre, odds are you'll appreciate what's offered here. The flick looks great, offers a few tight-fisted set-pieces, and delivers a dozen colorful character actors in predictably amusing roles. If the movie's about 10% longer than it really needs to be, it's not that big of a problem, all things considered -- although it does seem to run out of steam near the ending...