March 15th: An offer you can’t refuse.

71. The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005)

Nick Cave is the brain behind this nasty, sweaty, brutal Australian film. It is in essence a ‘Western’ – the film would work with very little changes if set in America. And I loved it. Outback lawman Captain Stanley makes captured Charlie Burns an offer, kill his psychopathic elder brother Arthur and he and his younger brother Mike will be pardoned. He has 9 days to achieve this. It’s hot, dusty and dingy. The violence is swift and brutal. Nick Cave’s haunting soundtrack whispers and snarls over the whole affair and those actors look like they are really suffering. It’s a cracking intense affair which I’d recommend to anyone.

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