Film #86: The Horseman
3 out of 5 stars
A low budget but gritty revenge flick from Down Under. The plot is pretty much what you would figure on given these sorts of things - man’s daughter dies (exactly how is something we’re not told until the end) and he goes about taking his revenge. The production is effective albeit limited in its scope by its budgetary constraints. The acting is surprisingly good. Throughout the first two acts, this is solid, gritty stuff. The violence is uncompromising and brutal. However, the final act stumbles and is hampered by wild coincidences and ridiculous turns of fate. Further, one would think that after capturing and torturing several people, our wrathful father would get better at his what it is he’s doing. Instead, we get almost omnipotent bad guys and a hero who does just about everything wrong. AND… I have a big problem with any time degenerate pornographer/drug traffickers/killers are painted as “moral vindicators” (which they sort of are here). Finally the end comes and everything falls into place… well, other than whatever it was that one guy took to his car wrapped in plastic (no spoilers here, folks). In the end, THE HORSEMAN is a pretty solid, vindictive little movie that not only tugs at your heart strings, but also gets the adrenaline pumping. The film could have dealt with the ethics of the father and played with whether his actions were just or not, but… That all aside, it’s a fun modern exploitation flick that is worthy of a rental.