Noted Danish director Martin Koolhoven is bringing some serious Old-Testament vengeance to cinemas in his blood-soaked western Brimstone, which has stirred up plenty of controversy and a heap of critical praise at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The film follows a young mute girl named Liz (Dakota Fanning) who comes under the wrath of a vengeful preacher known only as The Reverend (Guy Pearce). She then enlists the help of a wild outlaw (Kit Harington) in her quest to save her young daughter.
As part of the promotional activity at this year’s festival, Koolhaven presented three clips that showcased Pearce’s hellfire preaching as The Reverend, along with the violence that Harington’s outlaw Samuel unleashes on an enemy, and a particularly chilling encounter between Fanning’s Liz and The Reverend at a homestead.
While it may be a horrific tale of blood and vengeance, Brimstone has so far won praise from critics for its originality, storyline, and the impressive performances from Pearce, Fanning and Harington. In a film market that has been delivering sequel after sequel, an original work like Brimstone is well overdue, and promises characters and a calibre of filmmaking that has been absent from the big screen as of late.
Brimstone will premiere in the UK on October 13.