- 02 Oct 17
Sadistic frontier thriller is cleverly devised by excessively bleak.
The title sequence of this bleak Western thriller tells a tale all of its own. This isn’t just Brimstone, it’s “Koolhoven’s Brimstone”. Through this relatively rare and audacious claim of cinematic ownership, Dutch director Martin Koolhoven aligns himself with the similarly credit-loving Lars Von Trier – and the resemblance doesn’t stop there.
Koolhoven’s gory, Old Testament-style film has a proto-feminist message about how women have survived oppression throughout history – but takes far too much delight in graphic sexual violence and bodily mutilation for it to really ring true.
One gets the feeling that Koolhoven is raging that Von Trier thought of filming a woman cutting off her own clitoris first – but not to worry, there are plenty more appendages just waiting to be mutilated.