Written December 28, 2015
Revisiting John Hillcoat's Aussie Western after some years away was like seeing it for the first time. I hope that this time around I will maintain how brilliant yet utterly barbarous this film is. Australia may be second only to the American West for my favorite of the genre's stage. THE PROPOSITION proves the encounters with the aborigines can be just as thematically rich as with the Native Americans. This tale of brothers and the lawman who must judge betwixt them is appropriately muddled and merciless. Oh, and how many other times has the person responsible for the script provided the soundtrack? It's hard to tell what came first, but Nick Cave's all-around work here is masterful.