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Valley of Bones (2017)

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A disgraced paleontologist struggling to raise her son is tipped off to a groundbreaking dig site in the Badlands by a recovering meth addict, but his tie to the cartel threatens to bury them both under the weight of their criminal pasts.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Autumn Reeser ... Anna
Rhys Coiro ... Nate
Steven Molony ... McCoy
Mason Mahay Mason Mahay ... Ezekiel
Alexandra Billings ... Kimberly
Bill Smitrovich ... Bill
Mark Margolis ... El Papá
Muse Watson ... Terry
Bill Dablow Bill Dablow ... Lou
Brandon Heitkamp ... Bryce
Van White ... Reese
Maddisyn Carter ... Julie
Michaila Hicks Michaila Hicks ... Emily
Esteban Andres Cruz ... Jorgé
Johnse Allende Jr. ... Cartel Member
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"Valley of Bones" is a nail-biting adventure thriller set in the oil-rich Badlands of western North Dakota. Anna, a single mother and paleontologist, and McCoy, a meth-addicted oil worker, form an unlikely bond as they both struggle to make amends for their criminal pasts. Their hopes lay in the form of a monumental T. rex fossil, the discovery potentially worth millions. Anna needs this once-in-a-lifetime find to set both her career and her relationship with her son back on track. McCoy needs the money to pay off his debts to a local cartel boss and to save his own young daughter's life. With their motivations over the bones pulling them in opposite directions, can Anna and McCoy trust one another or will they soon turn into adversaries themselves?

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Rated R for violence, drug use, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bowman, North Dakota, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$107,393, 1 September 2017

Gross USA:

$168,738, 21 September 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Director Dan Glaser used flip phones for the characters in the film to help give it a feel that wasn't specific to one exact time period. Glaser said he also just couldn't see McCoy using an iPhone. Similarly, McCoy's character uses a cassette tape player, another timeless object. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Valley of Bones (2017) See more »

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A bit of a bland ride towards a silly ending
9 December 2017 | by go_titansSee all my reviews

The film's main themes: digging up dinosaur bones, family issues, drug and money issues.

The story-line is reasonably well thought out, the casting is pretty good, the acting is basically good, and even the action is handled fairly well.

But there will be things that will bother you while viewing this film. Certain important people or events are passed over completely, and the ending is ruined by no less than three over-the-top scenes/moments. These were all completely unnecessary, and they placed a serious downer on the way I felt about the film as the credits began to roll.

So is it worth the time needed to have a look? Well, that depends on what kind of film you are looking for. If you like small, low budget productions then yeah, take a look, as I found it reasonably enjoyable to watch. But if you're with a couple of friends and you've just finished watching Gladiator and are wondering what to watch next, I really couldn't recommend this. At the very least, watch this one first and the blockbuster second.


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