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Fast-Paised review: 'Seraphim Falls'

Shortly after the Civil War, Colonel Carver (Liam Neeson) hunts Gideon (Pierce Brosnan) across the West in hopes of settling an undisclosed score.

Big question: Can co-writer/director David Von Ancken ("Cold Case," "CSI: NY," "The Shield," "Without a Trace") expand from TV with his first feature, when it seems he's working on every show except for "Deadwood"?

Skip it: Brosnan and Neeson do a good job with one-note characters but fail to reveal any growth or change as the chase wears on. The movie wonders whether revenge can be used to soothe old wounds, but if you've ever seen a flick about revenge before, that question has long since been answered.

Catch it: If you're bitter and anti-marriage. One character claims "wife" is spelled, "W-H-O-R-E."

Bottom line: We're treated to some pretty scenery of snow-covered woods and expansive plains, but "Seraphim Falls" eventually feels like a less-gruesome "Apocalypto" with not much more back-story.

Bonus: Be glad you don't live in a community where, "a man without a horse is generally a dead man." Consider nearly all of us toast!

Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.


'Seraphim Falls'

Directed by David Von Ancken; written by Von Ancken, Abby Everett Jaques; photographed by John Toll; edited by Conrad Buff; production designed by Michael Hanan; produced by Bruce Davey, David Flynn. A Samuel Goldwyn Films/Destination Films release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:51. MPAA rating: R (for violence and brief language).

Carver - Liam Neeson

Gideon - Pierce Brosnan

Madame Louise - Anjelica Huston

Hayes - Michael Wincott

Parsons - Ed Lauter

Henry - Kevin J. O'Connor

Minister/Abraham - Tom Noonan

Kid - John Robinson

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