In a Valley of Violence

In a Valley of Violence (2016)

In a Valley of Violence
5.8/10 by 142 users

The story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen, who run the town's hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance.

Release Date:October 21, 2016
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Crime, Thriller, Western, Action
Production Company:Blumhouse Productions
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Ti West, Mara Herdmann
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Plot Keywords:civil war, revenge, murder, violence, killer, dog, cowboy
  • Like a Tarantino film with the good parts removed
    November 3, 2016

    This film looked promising until about halfway through, when it descended into mediocrity. The dialogue is poorly written, characters clichéd and action scenes predictable. If Tarantino had made it, it would at least have had good dialogue, but without that it is just a chore to watch.

    Ethan Hawke plays a mystery man travelling with his dog through Texas to Mexico for some reason. Along the way he meets an array of unsavoury characters who insist on popping up again and again. You can predict their appearance well ahead of their arrival on screen every time. The dog is cute but performs so many cute tricks I wondered aloud if this was actually a kid's film. Nope, rated R. Shame really, since kids might not have seen all the various clichés 1000 times already and find this film more entertaining than I did.

    If originality and creativity are not your thing, you might enjoy this film. Otherwise, proceed with lowered expectations.