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->''"[[Creator/{{Plato}} Only the dead know the end of war.]]"''
-->-- '''Carver'''

A 2006 cult western which boils down to 90 minutes of Creator/LiamNeeson [[DuelingStarsMovie chasing]] Creator/PierceBrosnan across the wilder parts of Nevada.

An unknown event during the final days of the {{American Civil War}} has made captain Gideon, who fought for the Union, the arch-enemy of ex-Confederate colonel Carver. Now Carver is out for revenge. He’s gathered a team of mercenary trackers and they’ve managed to pick up Gideon’s trail. However, at first Gideon doesn’t actually know why he is being chased; the viewer follows his struggle to stay alive as he begins to understand what horrible part of his past has come to haunt him.

The movie starts out as a straightforward manhunt, but gradually takes a more philosophical turn. Its surreal final scenes decidedly make it stand out from the average western or revenge movie (and some of their significance will only be apparent to those who are ''really'' paying attention).

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Gideon and Carver. Or Carver and Gideon, due to GreyAndGrayMorality.
* AudibleSharpness
* {{Badass}}: Gideon. He told you to leave him be.
* BadassBeard: Gideon.
* BadassLongcoat: Carver.
* BadassPreacher: the priest of the religious settlers claims that the scar in his neck is from a gunfight with Mormons. Which he won.
* TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn
* ColonelBadass / RetiredBadass: both main characters appear to have been war heroes for their respective sides. Gideon in particular has a legendary reputation – he is said to have once [[OneManArmy killed a hundred men in a single battle]].
* CombatPragmatist: Gideon knows better than to fight with honour when the odds are stacked so heavily against him. Carver apparently isn’t much for fairness either – when he and Gideon are both disarmed, his fighting method consists entirely of him punching his opponent repeatedly on the gunshot wound in his arm.
* CrapsackWorld: the Wild West is mostly shown as this, and Carver believes everywhere else is the same. “Nobody can protect nobody in this world.”
* {{Determinator}}: again, both of the main characters. The entire plot is a show of just how determined they are.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: probably. The ending is ambiguous.
* DealWithTheDevil: both characters end up making deals with someone who very well may be the literal Devil, aka [[spoiler: Madame Louise]]. Both trade something that would make it easier for them to survive (Gideon's horse, Carver's water) for something that will perpetuate their feud ( a bullet for Gideon, a gun for Carver).
* DisposableWoman: [[spoiler:Family, in this case]].
* DuelingStarsMovie: The main appeal of the film is the showdown between Creator/PierceBrosnan and Creator/LiamNeeson, two greatly respected Irish actors.
* FakeAmerican: Both Brosnan and Neeson are Irishmen playing Americans. Amusing when both separately encounter an Irish foreman of a railroad construction crew, played by the American Xander Berkeley, and Gideon taunts one of his (American) underlings by calling him "Paddy Boy"
* FiveBadBand: the trackers, in a way. Carver is the BigBad with Hayes as his Dragon. Parsons, having more experience than the others, is TheEvilGenius; Pope is arguably TheBrute with the Kid acting as TheDarkChick.
* InevitableWaterfall: pretty much right at the beginning.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Gideon has scars around his right eye; they are in a “good scars” location, but rough enough to count as “evil scars” too.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: very much so. Carver’s thirst for revenge seems justified, but his [[ItsAllAboutMe utter ruthlessness]] and [[{{Determinator}} stubborn conviction]] make his righteousness a matter of opinion. Gideon is introduced as a helpless victim, but we gradually realize that he’s a little too good at killing people, and then we learn [[ItsPersonal what he (kind of) did to Carver]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Carver does not care too much about his goons.
* KickTheDog: Carver makes sure there is no way for his goons to win except through helping him by shooting the horse. Besides, he told you the horse was his.
* KnifeNut: Gideon’s weapon of choice is a massive Bowie knife. He also uses it for a variety of non-combat survival purposes, as soldiers are trained to do.
* LouCypher: In a blink-and-you'll miss it moment [[spoiler: a sign on the back of Madame Louise's wagon says "Louise C. Fair, Proprietor," implying Madame Louise is the Devil]]
* MagicalNativeAmerican: When the film veers into MagicalRealism in the third act, a Native American man played by Wes Studi appears to each of the two main characters by a water hole in the middle of a barren desert. He trades Pierce Brosnan's character some water for the horse that Brosnan had stolen from Liam Neeson, then gives Neeson the horse for free. When Neeson gives him money anyway, he discards the coins. His name is listed as Charon in the credits, and the film suggests that he's a demon who is engineering a final confrontation between the two nemeses.
* OnlyAFleshWound: horribly averted. In the first scene, Gideon is shot in the arm; he suffers from the wound for the entire duration of the movie, and Carver uses this to his advantage when they get down to GoodOldFisticuffs.
* PetTheDog: When Carver and his band leaves the farm, Carver orders that Pope's horse be left behind.
* PunchClockVillain: the trackers. They become more and more reluctant to serve Carver as they discover how dangerous their prey is. He keeps them on his side by renegotiating their pay several times and denying them a way out of the hunt.
* RealMenLoveJesus: Whereas Carver is a HollywoodAtheist, Gideon wears a crucifix, and prays just before riding out into the desert. He also quotes the Bible to Carver: "Those who live by the sword, shall perish by the sword."
* RevengeBeforeReason: after Hayes dies, Gideon rides off into the desert and certain death. Carver ''still goes after him.''
* {{Satan}}: [[spoiler: Madame Louise’s]] full name is written [[spoiler: on the back of her wagon:[[LouisCypher Louise C. Fair]]]].
* SceneryPorn: and lots of it.
* TitleDrop

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