(R, 1:38:06, Released 2008)
|Genres:||Mystery & Suspense, Drama|
|Release Date:||Aug 3, 2008|
|DVD Release Date:||Mar 1, 2010|
|Starring:||Peter Marshall, Hannah Levien, Caroline Marohasy, Steven Tandy, Chris Betts, Christopher Sommers, Evert McQueen, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry, Bryan Roberts|
|Directed by:||Steven Kastrissios|
|Synopsis:||A seemingly ordinary man turns to violence in this independent thriller from Australia. Christian Forteski (Peter Marshall) is a businessman whose teenage daughter Jesse (Hannah Levien) has been living on the edge since her parents divorced. Jesse runs away from home, and several weeks later Christian's anxiety about his missing daughter turns into rage when he receives a video in the mail of Jesse being brutally raped. Normally level headed, Christian jumps into his car and sets out to find whoever is responsible for making the video, starting with the people who mailed it to him. While heading north to Queensland, Christian picks up Alice (Caroline Marohasy), a teenage hitchhiker who reminds him a bit of Jesse. Christian and Alice strike up a friendship, and she begins to see the older man as someone she can trust, without knowing that Christian was turned into a deranged killing machine, leaving a trail of victims as he drives across the country to avenge his daughter. The Horseman was the first feature film from writer and director Steven Kastrissios; it was expanded from a short film by Kastrissios which was a prizewinner at the 2006 Queensland New Filmmaker Awards. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi|
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March 19, 2012
To call this mindless violence would be inaccurate. Whilst incredibly violent in a very gritty way, the acting is of high standard and the storyline realistic, the violence is the outcome of a man pushed to his limits and is destroyed by events.
The main character was really impressive, a great revenge flick, with a dark character that you can empathise with.
July 11, 2011
Violent Aussie revenge film about a father on the hunt for the men who were responsible for the death of his daughter after they fuelled her with drink and drugs during a porn shoot. It's gritty and brutal with some scenes of torture but it's shies away from showing anything in graphic detail. The film does get a little slow during the middle parts and it isn't as strong as other revenge films out there. A real good attempt for its budget.
January 25, 2011
A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.
March 11, 2010
Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Hannah Levien, Evert McQueen, Jack Henry, Christopher Sommers
DIRECTED BY: Steven Kastrissios
A tender drama unfolds between a grieving father and a troubled teenage girl as they drive northbound along the quiet outback roads of Australia. What she doesn't know is that between stops, he is leaving behind a bloody trail of bodies in a revenge motivated killing spree.
Wow... Peter Marshall gave such an amazing performance as the grief stricken father out for revenge and answers. I have yet to see such a fantastic revenge thriller. This blew me away at what this man did to those sick individuals. I mean there are some pretty gruesome parts that are sometimes camera shy in some movies. Meaning they never really show whats happening on screen. But that's not the case with this film. It has a good paste to, no slow moments here. It's action packed from beginning to end. It keeps your attention throughout, and definitely keeps you entertained. You can't help but care for the main character to the point you even root him on in his quest. There are no surprises or big twists, and truthfully this film didn't need any. To simplify it: This is a film that shows you what lengths a parent will go to when they have lost everything they lived for.
fb7817787April 16, 2013
Taking several notes from Get Carter and Death Wish, The Horseman manages to overcome a small budget and a sparse script to deliver one of the more engrossing and gritty revenge films out there currently. Unflinchingly gory and violent, The Horseman has much in common with another similarly themed revenge film, I Saw The Devil, in that despite the carnage, it remains rooted in somber humanity.
July 3, 2011
If angst and frustration could ever be used to keep your eyes and attention riveted to a movie, this is undeniably that choice.A father bent on finding out who was responsible for his daughter's untimely demise. goes on a road trip fueled with gaining revenge for those responsible for that crime.Throw in a teen aged run away girl in to assist him sustain his already thin level of compassion...and you have an adventure too dangerous but remorseful for the father in search of retribution, See this...it is intense!
fb25827189April 30, 2011
Mix the intensity of TAKEN, with every revenge film you have ever seen. And it probably won't even come close to being as brutal, or good as this movie. Peter Marshall is a phenomenal talent and much in the same way as Liam Neeson did in TAKEN. It is a complete shock and welcome change to see an actor that looks like a normal person to be in this type of highly technical and action packed revenge film. The minute he stuck an air pump into the guys dick, I said to myself. BEST MOVIE EVER! And to be honest it really is a pretty damn good movie.
July 13, 2010
Much like a combination of Princess and Dead Man?s Shoes. For those who like vigilante films this should be a must see, but I can see where some people may find it uninspired.
April 6, 2010
Please please please see this film. The subject matter is extremely unpleasant but the film deals with it brilliantly. The acting by the father Brad McMurray was just superb and so realistic. The violence was realistic and genuine and the plot was brilliant. A wise man once said that to take the path of revenge you must first dig two graves...its true but you just would I I would go about it the same way if I had too..
July 9, 2014
A new, redefined style of the revenge premise. As the movie progresses you see the protagonist push himself to insanity in which he will not show any mercy to anyone-even those who did no harm to his daughter and were "just doing their job". Peter Marshall portrays a highly convincing hero/villain in this film; one that you sympathize with yet are almost afraid of.
jusstpeteMay 13, 2012
A revenge flick done right. No big surprises, but a consistent tone and potent violence keep this on track.
fb603533584December 12, 2011
I kind of expected "The Horseman" to be a little bit more...ya know...good than it was. From all of the trailers, it seemed like it was going to be a good engaging thriller, while simultaneously capturing internal conflict and sorrow. What I got was a film that was concocted in "In Media Res" or whatever, and I didn't really have enough time to attach myself to the story. A lot of the film's content was too weird for me to like, and I had a tough time keeping myself awake watching the film. Maybe it's just me...I don't know
This guy's daughter gets raped and murdered on camera or whatever, and the father goes on a Vigilante mission to find out who were the people responsible. If it was done correctly, it had the potential to be a masterpiece. Especially since this is a low-budget foreign film, it would have been a lot easier to capture the grittiness and discomfort of a situation like this as opposed to a film that had a big budget. But it doesn't really work that way. The movie doesn't give enough time with the characters, and we're unable to form a relationship with anyone.
The father, the main protagonist, doesn't have any kind of attributes that, like I said, the audience can relate to. If we don't have a likable lead, the movie is going to be kind of hard to enjoy. That being said, I was pretty disappointed. All they had to do was display a better setup, and I think the movie would have been a lot better.
Well, maybe they could have had a couple of better performances, but nothing that grastic. But like I keep saying over and over again, this movie kind of disappointed me. In all seriousness I was expecting something a lot better. There were many junctures in the films layout that could have been tweaked a little bit and the overall film would have been THAT much more enjoyable. In other areas, I felt that the movie was a little rushed. It just seemed all over the place. But like I said, it's main problem was it's disconnection from it's viewers. "The Horseman" disappointed me. Some people liked it, some people thought it was awesome, but I felt...that the movie could have been....a lot.....better.
November 16, 2011
The Horseman follows the same premise as Taken, being a bit more graphic in it's nature. However, don't cross this out as being another mindless torture/revenge film, there's some intelligence behind the screenplay and for director Steven Kastrissios, he builds up a script with characters you actually care about. It follows a man, after recieving news about his daughters death and her involvement in a violent porn film, who sets out on a journey to find said actors and producers of the film. While leaving a trail of bodies, he befriends a young female runaway who sort of keeps him on the plane of sanity, you can say. We're instantly thrown into the violence at the beginning of the film and are carted down a rollercoaster of different scenes that leave a lot to the imagination and are not to gratuitous in nature. We know what's actually going on, but Kastrissious shows us in a tasteful manner. We see the character of Marshall try to fight back his feelings as he commits these acts of violence towards the people who hurt his daughter. Here we find a man not used to this side of himself, but somehow comes to grip and into a setting he begins to feel comfortable with, vengeance. The Horseman is an intense independent revenge film and a rather robust debut for director Steven Kastrissios. I'd say a start to a really good career for the man.
January 10, 2011
A grim revenge thriller finds a father desperately searching for the small time porn producers who were with his daughter on the eve of her death. Most scenes crackle with tension as he approaches these unknowing men with a quiet everyman's demeanor, a facade that slowly slips as he learns more about what they've done. It;s also interesting to watch him soften when he's around a teen runaway, who functions as a surrogate daughter that he feels he may be able to save.
Well worth a rental.
December 2, 2010
A gritty revenge thriller that's been done better countless times already. Still worth a watch for Peter Marshall's performance.