The Proposition

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Proposition
In the desolate Australian outback of the 1880s, newly-arrived Captain Stanley captures the wanted outlaw Charlie Burns. Seeking to civilize the violent outback frontier, Captain Stanley presents his prisoner with a stark choice: Burns can either watch his beloved younger brother Mikey die on the gallows, or find and betray his older and far more dangerous brother Arthur to the authorities.


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Feb 13, 2013
  • docjnsuss rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Interesting and beautiful scenery can't redeem the brutal nature of this movie. In 1880s Australia, specifically the vast and arid outback, a gang of outlaws are terrorizing the local settlers. A gritty police captain is trying to restore law and order as well as arrest the three brothers that lead the gang. When the captain captures the two youngest brothers he offers to spare them from being hanged if the middle brother agrees to hunt down and kill his older brother. This movie is extremely violent and depressing.

Jan 27, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Gorgeous settings, scenes of brutal violence, good acting and a good script are the hallmarks of this modern western. Slow pacing. A simple story done well. I wanted to love this film, but ended up only liking it. Pearce does a good job as the anti-hero. the soundtrack is odd and fitting. Very visual movie.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Chilling film, reminiscent of legendary spaghetti Western master director Sergio Leone, (A Fistful Of Dollars; For A Few Dollars More; The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly), yet grislier. Money isn't the motive for the gruesome killings here, the mayhem is without purpose, waged by a pack of bloodthirsty lunatics, with the freedom to rape and murder facilitated by the vastness of the untamed, arid wasteland. A powerful screenplay AND eerie musical score by Nick Cave, solid directing by John Hillcoat (The Road). The entire cast delivered, especially the gritty Ray Winstone and the deadpan Guy Pearce. Director John Huston's son Danny as the eloquent and demented villain Arthur Burns. John Hurt's cynical world traveling bounty hunter cameo was an added bonus. Great flick. FIVE STARS.

Apr 11, 2011
  • noisexorcist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Proposition is a beautifully written film by Nick Cave (best known as the frontman for the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). Though this film is brilliantly written and the acting is phenomenal -this film is is more than the sum of its parts and leaves the viewer with a sense of haunting sadness that can't be defined. It has the layered quality of a real act of love. This film is about atmosphere as much as anything else and certainly manages to create a feeling of isolation and sadness that lingers long after the movie is over.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Arthur Burns: "Love. Love is the key. Love and family. For what are night and day, the sun, the moon, the stars without love, and those you love around you? What could be more hollow than to die alone, unloved?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Captain Stanley: "I will civilize this land."


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