In a Valley of Violence is directed by Ti West, -who has given us some Horror gems like The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, and The Sacrament- and it's bloody and violent enough in places, but this is a pure Western, through and through.
That's alright though, because Westerns are awesome (especially violent ones), and Ti West deserves to be able to branch out into other Genres if he wants to... especially if what comes of said branching out ends up being as enjoyable as In a Valley of Violence was.
In A Valley of Violence opens like many Westerns do, with a mysterious drifter and his faithful dog riding across the plains. In this case, Paul (the drifter) and Abbie (his dog) are hightailing it to Mexico, for a good reason which we wont spoil here. He should have been named Dusty though. Or maybe Sidewinder or something. Paul just doesn't seem very menacing.
|THE BEST OF FRIENDS.|
|THIS SON OF A BITCH RIGHT HERE...|
Just sit back and enjoy the madness.
|WHAT A CUTE COUPLE.|
It's definitely a unique bird, as far as Westerns go.
Ethan Hawke played the part of the drifter perfectly, and it was nice to see John Travolta getting a good role to chew on for a change, but it was Taissa Farmiga who absolutely stole the show in his one. There was something about Mini-Farmiga's character, and the way that she played her, that just made the movie electric whenever she was onscreen. She's a special talent, and she truly shines in this one.
The always cool James Ransone made for one hell of a perfect villain as well.
|EXPECTED HIM TO BE A BIT MEANER TOO.|
|AT LEAST HE GOT TO ENJOY HIMSELF A BATH AND A WHORE BEFORE HE SCAMPERED OFF ACROSS THE RAINBOW BRIDGE.|
|IN A VALLEY OF IDIOT SONS.|
|WILL MINI-FARMIGA EVER GET NAKED ON FILM? THE WORLD WANTS TO KNOW.|
Rent it, when you need a break from the normal.
In a Valley of Violence is available now on VOD, with a Blu-ray & DVD release on 12/27.
Mini-Farmiga and Karen Gillan make the old west look good.