Written and directed by Martin Koolhoven.
Starring Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Carice Van Houten, Emilia Jones, Kit Harrington.
They don’t make ’em like this anymore. That’s true of Westerns, and of thrillers, and of whatever else this fantastic movie is. It’s dark and difficult to watch, but it grips you and doesn’t let you go long after the end credits roll.
It’s best to go into this film without knowing anything about it (don’t even read the back of the DVD!). Otherwise you won’t be able to properly experience the intricate unraveling of the plot. It won’t make sense at first, but each new chapter will give answers to the thriller questions and make way for the spiritual ones. For at the heart of it, this is a film about the deeper meaning of faith and retribution. I must warn you that this a bloody film made even more disturbing by the fact that most of the violence is inflicted upon women and children. Yet it is not gratuitous but vital to the overall tone of the film and instrumental to the plot development. Finally, the acting is superb: Guy Pearce as the epitome of evil and Dakota Fanning as a strong, resilient young woman lead a stellar cast.
I have struggled through a lot of popular and critically acclaimed movies lately, but Brimstone became a revelation! To me, it is the best film of 2016.