Released on DVD in New Zealand on January 18th 2017. See more »
A crew is visible hiding behind the bushes between the horse and the priest at 1:07. At first i thought he's part of the scene and waited for them to have a duel with Ethan Hawk but nothing until the Main titles shows up. See more »
[talking at his dog's grave]
I'm not sure what you'd want me to do. I could just keep heading down to Mexico like we planned. I know I promised you that I was done killin'. But I think I'm gonna have to break that promise. I'm not done. Not yet. And it's not done with me, either. Those men left me with nothing. I'm gonna leave them with less.
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In a Valley of Violence follows a travelling cowboy who, after stopping by a small town, unintentionally starts conflict among the more powerful members there.
Let's start with the obvious part: Ethan Hawke. He's fantastic, as per usual. I don't think I've ever not been impressed by this guy, and that trend continues here. John Travolta pulls off a solid performance as well, playing one of the most interesting characters in the movie. And James Ransone does the same, pulling off a good ol' western hothead. Personally I don't think that Taissa Farmiga was very fit for this role, but she did her best and thankfully fails to take anything of significance away from the movie.
The writing is good as well. The movie builds the characters and conflict for a while before anything of real significance happens, and it makes it all the more effective. It excels at building tension, making the last 40 minutes of this movie just that much better.
Speaking of the last 40 minutes, they're awesome. After an hour of solid build up, we are treated with some great western action. It's tense and exciting, yet not over-the-top. It's just right.
Overall I really enjoyed In a Valley of Violence. The acting, writing, and action are all great, and in the end I would definitely recommend it.
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