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|
|Production Company||:||Blumhouse Productions, Universal|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Casts||:||Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta, Burn Gorman, Toby Huss, Larry Fessenden, K. Harrison Sweeney, James E. Lane, Tommy Nohilly, Jeff Bairstow|
|Plot Keywords||:||civil war, revenge, murder, violence, killer, dog, cowboys|
'IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
Another dog revenge tale (which reminds me of 2014's 'JOHN WICK'), this one is a western starring Ethan Hawke (making it his second western of 2016, following 'THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN' remake). It was written, edited, co-produced and directed by Ti West; and it costars James Ransone, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga and Karen Gillen. The film tells the tale of a drifter, in the Old West, that gets into some conflict with some small town folk, that then kill his dog, and he wants revenge. The film received a limited indie theatrical release, while also being made available on video on demand, and it got mostly positive reviews from critics. I really enjoyed it as well.
Paul (Hawke) is an ex-soldier, and drifter, that's traveling to Mexico (in the Old West), with his dog Abbie. They decide to cut through a small town, called Denton, despite being warned that it's an unfriendly place, by a drunken priest (Bum Gorman). Once there, a Deputy, named Gilly Martin (Ransone), picks a fight with Paul. Paul then humiliates him, by knocking him out. Later Gilly, and his friends, seek out revenge on Paul; by killing Abbie and leaving Paul for dead. Paul survives the attack though, and he then wants revenge (on his attackers) for the death of his best friend.
I love a good western, especially a traditional homage to the genre like this! I also really like Ethan Hawke, and I've enjoyed Ti West's other films, which have all been horror flicks before this, and I think this is his best work to date. The score is great, and the action scenes are all pretty awesome. What I most love about the film though, is it's an animal abuse revenge tale. I'm a passionate vegan, and an obsessive animal lover, and I really like movies like this; that treat animals as they should be treated, like equals. The film should become a popular cult classic.
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