Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett) is a young woman raising her two daughters in the desolate wilderness of New Mexico. When eldest daughter Lily (Evan Rachel Wood - 'Thirteen') is snatched by a dark hooded phantom with mystical powers, Maggie is forced to reunite with her long-estranged father (Jones) who suddenly appears offering help. The killer and his brutal cult of desperados have kidnapped several other teenage girls, leaving a trail of death and horror across the desolate landscape of the American Southwest. Maggie and her father are in a race against time to catch the renegades and save the girl, before the kidnappers cross the Mexican border and disappear with her forever.
Some pretty sickening scenes. Some of the more sensitive and endearing characters come to pretty grizzly ends. Some of the less endearing ones also. I liked the "Western" feel to this drama, other critics obviously didn't. I got this primarily for the pairing of Blanchett and Tommy Lee and was not disappointed. They play pretty much to form but it is a good match and very sparky. Some of the contrivances are unbelievable (as Kermode might say) but I don't like being left with the thought that something wouldn't really work. Is it because directors are so arty they aren't good with minor practicalities or do they just think they'll get away with them? The child actors are good enough not to drag the rest down (unlike the Harry Potter series) because the acting is strong. I was moved and bitterly disappointed (in a good way) with the mood of the film many times.
Disappointingly average thriller.
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This is pretty much an average suspense thriller played out in a western setting. The acting is universally good through the story often plods along at a slow pace, and towards the end of the story the film pretty much turns in to a clichéd western.