Uncovering Curiosities: Martin Koolhoven’s Dark Western BRIMSTONE

Writer-director Martin Koolhoven delivers a dark and macabre western in the shape of Brimstone. Divided into four sections (Revelation, Exodus, Genesis and Retribution), the film flips chronology to unveil different layers to the story. Dakota Fanning plays the young woman mysteriously terrorised by Guy Pearce’s vicious holy man. Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington, and Carice van Houten also appear as a charismatic outlaw and Pearce’s downtrodden wife respectively.

It’s best not to know too much about Brimstone before going in and although it’s a touch on the long side (2 1/2 hours) it never lulls. It can be tough going at sometimes, though. It also includes some powerful visuals – especially in the last portion.

 

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