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In a Valley of Violence (2016)

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Critic Consensus: In a Valley of Violence offers a smartly conceived homage to classic Westerns that transcends pastiche with absurdist humor and a terrific cast.

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A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley - landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton - a place now dubbed by locals as a "valley of violence." The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits - chief among them, the seemingly untouchable, Gilly (James Ransone) who is the troublemaking son of the town's unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta). As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton's remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town's only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul's past...there is no stopping the escalation.

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Cast

Taissa Farmiga
as Mary Anne
Toby Huss
as Harris
Michael Davis
as Dollar Bill
James Cady
as Bartender
Kharrison Sweeney
as William T. Baxter
James E. Lane
as Old Town Miner
Jeff Bairstow
as Townsperson
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Critic Reviews for In a Valley of Violence

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (15)

West, making his first foray into westerns, doesn't control the tone. Its somber, bone-dry gruffness crumbles to dust, only to be replaced by adolescent jokiness.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Announces itself as an unabashed B-movie from its pre-credits scene ... and never worries itself about being anything deeper than that.

October 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In a Valley of Violence does not take itself too seriously (a great asset), but it also takes itself just seriously enough that it's not empty snarky parody.

October 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Spiked with dryly funny exchanges and lovingly shot by Eric Robbins on 35-millimeter film, "In a Valley of Violence" nevertheless feels exasperatingly two-dimensional.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…

A by-the-numbers spaghetti Western that's kind of slow and uneventful-and the world has no shortage of those.

October 20, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This smartly cast, vengeance-fueled oater proves mighty entertaining in its own right.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In a Valley of Violence

½

Hawke is brilliant in this great western film. The film is brilliantly directed and you can see the craft in each shot or scene. The western genre has slowly crept back into the limelight with not much success which is a shame. This indie film deserved more attention and an audience it may not reach. Travolta reminds everyone that he can hold his own and deserves another return to the big screen. One of my top ten picks for 2016.

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