Ok I just have to implore anybody who has not seen this film to do so. If you hate it, I'll send you the cost of the rental.
Set in late 19th century colonial Australia, Guy Pearce plays Charlie Burns a bushranger like criminal who formally made up the Burns gang with his older brother Arthur and his younger brother Mikey. When his older brother leads the Burns gang into killing a family and raping the mother, Charlie decides he must take his younger brother away from the power of his older brother. Shortly after he leaves his older brother, he and his younger brother are caught by the police. Charlie's younger brother is sentenced to be hanged by the neck until death. It is here that the story begins when the head of police Captain Stanley(Ray Winstone) offers Charlie "a proposition", if Charlie hunts down and kills his older brother, the chief of police will let his younger brother live.
The film is so drenched in dust and dirt you can feel it. It is very graphic and the violence is wince enducing. Yet this is not violence for the sake of violence, this is meaningful and deep. The imagery and scenery are superb, sunsets over endless flat deserts are used repeatedly to great effect. Even though I emphasis the brutallity it wasn't gratuitous, it is what the story is about, a violent time and violent men. I found it ironic that the most educated and well read of all the characters was the most violent one. Authur Burns really appreciated a great sunset too.
Guy Pearce is brilliant as Charlie. Ray Winstone is captivating as the troubled police captain who has been brought out from England to Australia to 'civilise' the country. Danny Huston is also superb as Arthur Burns. Not one character in this film is black and white, all of them are deep and well expanded.
Anyway, man (or woman) does not live by noir alone and this is really an exceptional film, I think you guys would really dig it.
Here is a shot of the remarkable, wonderfully talented Danny Huston, Arthur Burns. Well.... he is John Huston's son, can we expect anything less! Walter Huston is one of my favorite actors. What a family tree. Ok Anjelica is no slouch either.