By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik May 5, 2006 at 3:27AM
"Australia, what fresh hell is this?" says Ray Winstone's police chief, as he tries to bring civilization to the wild outback of John Hillcoat and Nick Cave's deliriously grungy neo-western "The Proposition." Flies flies flies -- everywhere fliies! They get the vote for best prop in a film this year: The little buzzing black monsters collect on the shirtcollars and lips of just about all the grizzled and grimy characters in the film. A revenge thriller, a music video, a family drama, a morality play, a trip into the "Heart of Darkness," "The Proposition" is, above all, a majestic western opera. With the exception of Danny Huston (the film's weakest link), the movie is a wonder to watch, a crazy, colorful waking nightmare that should be seen on the big screen.