In the harsh, unforgiving landscape of the Outback, Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is presented with an impossible proposition by local law enforcer Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone). To save his younger brother Mikey from the gallows he must track down and kill Arthur (Danny Huston), his psychotic older brother. While Charlie is forced to choose between revenge, loyalty and his own conscience, Stanley, having given up a civilised life in England, is determined to impose law and order and shield his innocent wife Martha (Emily Watson) from the brutalities of their new surroundings. A palpable sense of foreboding festers against the oppressive heat, as each character takes on their punishing moral dilemmas and the inevitable cycle of violence reaches its bloody conclusion.
Brutal portrayal of a period of Australian history
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Some very violent moments warrant the 18 certificate but a good film if you can stomach it. A story of contrasts, from Emily Watson's upper class wife pouring the tea into bone china cups, to the savage racism heaped upon the native Aborigines. Guy Pearce is understated yet convincing as the brother who is supposed to murder a member of his family in order to save another.
An excellent film, where the landscape is a major player. Obligations, family, brutal racism, moral relativism, in this beautifully made tale of the civilising of Australia, with civilisation giving itself unwarranted airs. Brutal & atmospheric; the viewer can almost taste the dust & smell the blood.
Ray Winston doesn't have a big range of characters. He played the usual one. This is a film about a family of particularly bad outlaws in Australia. Lots of shots of tooth decay, whiskey, sweaty shirts and menial police officers being naughty. It was poor. Unbelievable, poorly filmed and tedious.