However “Brimstone,” in spite of its substantial scale studio twists, would never have been bankrolled in Hollywood. Set in completely open nineteenth century spaces, it’s a more than two hour sadomasochistic Western household blood and gore movie in four parts, and its enormous subject is the malevolence of interbreeding.
The motion picture stars Guy Pearce, as a Dutch-foreigner evangelist from damnation, and Dakota Fanning, as his little girl, who he unequivocally needs to wed. He supposes it’s God’s will, and he refers to the Bible story of Lot and his little girls to demonstrate it. “Brimstone” may possibly be the Dutch adaptation of a decent Saturday night at the motion pictures, however even given the Western setting and name cast, its odds of having much effect in the U.S. are thin.