With aspirations of being Fincher’s SE7EN, HORSEMEN is a bit of a head-scratcher. Competently made from a technical standpoint, the plot is unfortunately underwritten while the acting is too over-the-top for its own good. 


A series of grisly ritualistic murders plagues the city and Det. Aidan Breslin (Dennis Quaid) soon discovers that they are inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Still dealing with the tragic death of his wife and an eroding home life with his two sons, Breslin throws himself into the case as an opportunity to avoid his personal misery. But when the two worlds collide, he discovers too late the real meaning of despair and suffering. 


It’s a great premise for a film and HORSEMEN starts off with promise. Unfortunately in an attempt to be like SE7EN, the movie becomes a poor carbon copy. The plot is all over the place and doesn’t seen to add up which creates more questions than answers. I’m all for mystery and suspense, but when logic is thrown out the window it becomes frustrating and tedious. 


What’s even more egregious is that the film at only 90 min. feels too short with many major plotlines left with no resolution. Ziyi Zhang shares top billing with Dennis Quaid yet her character becomes less and less relevant to the plot as the story continues and her story is never resolved. If you do see this, you’ll be completely confounded by that fact. 


All in all, HORSEMEN is watchable and well-made, but it could have been so much more if the filmmakers trusted their abilities to tell a unique story instead of trying to rehash Fincher’s masterpiece.

JANUARY 26, 2014

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HORSEMEN (2009)