The Proposition (2005)
Australia / English
"This land will be civilized.
"A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him 9 days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
One of the 5 best I've ever watched!
Everyone connected with this film should be extremely proud of the
movie they created. I will mention specifically: Delhomme for his
extraordinary cinematography; Eden for her beautifully stark Set
Decoration; Hillcoat for impeccable direction and especially John Hurt
in a small but tremendously evocative early role.
A staggeringly moving and uncompromising examination of contemporary
emotions set against our early settlement history. The first thing I
noticed about this film was the look of Guy Pearce's character's
hair-dirty and stringy-something that Hollywood with it's pretensions
and million-dollar babies would never allow. But these people looked
bad, acted bad and I'm sure-smelt bad. In short, they were real people
and they acted as real people in those monstrously uncompromising times
would have acted.
My friend said after viewing the film, that he didn't believe early
Australia had the same frontier gun culture that is so often displayed
in American films of the same genre. I too do not believe that our
early settlement revolved around the gun mania of American settlement
but I was not bothered by the gun culture shown in The Proposition. I
kept looking for bits that did not play right and I could not find
any-the film played real to me from beginning to end. Although
extremely violent in those parts where violence was called for, this
violence did not seem out of place or overdone. I have tried to know
something of our early settlement history and what I saw fitted into
that mental picture well. The unimaginable violence we displayed to the
Aboriginal people was masked and not really a part of what occurred in
this film so if some of that violence was shown towards white settlers
then it seemed to blend in this film.
An extraordinary film and I hope against hope that it will be eminently
successful and therefore lead to the creation of other films based upon
our early settlement history.
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