Valley of Bones

Valley of Bones (2017)

A paleontologist gets a tip from an oil worker in the Badlands that may set her career back on track.

Release Date:September 1, 2017
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Western
Production Company:Unmarked Van Films, Bad Medicine Films
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Dan Glaser
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Plot Keywords:adventure, drama, suspense, thriller, crime, neo-western, badlands, neo-noir
  • "Dakota Noir" - This genre is new, and I like it.
    September 1, 2017

    Filmed in Bowman, Amidon, and the surrounding N-Dakota Badlands. This film will engage any fan of westerns and film noir, and it is much higher quality then it's low budget would suggest.

    What I liked: *Locations are well shot and gorgeous(this local guy might be a bit bias) *Story is captivating and well constructed. *Characters motivations build naturally throughout the film. *Cinematography, the framing is very effective considering the budget.

    What could be better: *A few scenes seem too dark for the time of day. *The shallow depth of field can be distracting for one or two scenes. *The tension from the snake feels like it went a little long to be realistic. *Occasionally the dialog is a bit rough, like it could of used one more script review to make it sound like natural conversation.

    All in all while it has some issues inherent of low budget film making, the story and cinematography is solid and kept me on the edge of my seat. It is rated R so expect occasional roustabout levels of colorful language, and there is one scene in a "seedy" bar that does have a topless dancer in the background.