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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


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 15th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
oh my... I think you need to watch this movie again. :)
That wasn't his son, they were brothers (the four of them). They killed a family but what people cared most about was the fact that they raped and killed the pregnant mother. The captain believed that the eldest brother was the true criminal and influencing the the other three into despicable criminal acts. Especially in the case of the youngest brother who he kept incarcerated as leverage for the propostion. The captain put up a fight when the towns people wanted revenge on the boy because not only did he want to fulfil his promise, but also because he knew the crimes were not the young mans fault.

If I'm wrong then I will happily watch it again. :)
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
You make it sound like I got it all wrong :P

As you stated, I made two mistakes:

1. Younger Brother / Son - my mistake
2. Killed a family / Killed a couple of ladies - I guess I was generalizing.

Apart from that, I don’t see what else I got wrong, except that I didn’t want to give away too many details.

...nor do I believe that those mistakes would constitute a comment such as "oh my... I think you need to watch this movie again." as though I had somehow misunderstood the whole movie.

In truth - only the first two lines of your reply actually have relevance to my mistakes. The rest of your comment explains plot details which I purposely omitted from the review.

The plot splits into two stories which combine again at the end. I summarised one story. You summarised the other.

What say you? WHAT SAY YOU?!

On that note, I look forward to watching The Wall: Live in Berlin with you later today :P
Jun. 15th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
The extra information was only to backup my claims, nothing more.

You argumentative bastard! :P

I also look forward to watching The Wall, preferably tonight. I am staying here for dinner and probably won't be available until after 2000.
Jun. 28th, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Lombardi's leaving?
Oh my god, Peter, I scrolled further down and my world fell apart.. you didn't tell me Lombardi was leaving...what do I do with that information? I mean, I'm thousands of miles away! Lombardi, if you're listening, goodbye...and I'll always remember the fun, the frivolity and the fuzzy duck sessions...Laurie is upset now.
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