June 15th, 2007

aussiepoida - Iterlectuaralist

Movie Review: The Proposition

Hello there,

Several weeks has passed since haze and I embarked on a journey into Australia's terrible and wild colonial past. The journey was a visual one, and went by the name of The Proposition.

The Proposition is a movie written and scored by ominous Australian musician Nick Cave. While this is not his first attempt to create a film, it is certainly his most well known effort. It has certainly made me curious about his previous film work, and I will be keeping a look-out for upcoming releases featuring his name.

So what's it about? Well, a family of evil Irishmen rape and kill a couple of ladies, before some manage to escape a shoot-out with police, while others are caught. The year is 1880 and the world is a very different sort of place. Charlie (played by Guy Pearce) and his son are captured, and Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) holds Charlie to ransom, using his son. The deal is - we will kill your son if you do not locate your brother and kill him.

What follows is a fantastically visual feast (which some people may find annoying) that follows Charlie in his quest to kill his brother. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so that's as much of the plot line as I'm going to reveal.

The acting was fantastic. Ray Winstone in particular, impressed me immensely. David Wenham played his part well, though I'm not entirely sure if he was right for it.

One of the stand-out features of the movie is the dialogue. While initially it seems to be rather forced and contrived, you soon realise that the writing is actually quite poetic and adds to the feel of the movie enormously.

A couple of scenes were particularly memorable, and you'll know what scenes they are if you watch it. Its been quite a long time since I've seen a movie that managed to build tension as nicely as this.

I have run out of time :(

Rating - 8/10