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.
"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?
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 »
Really enjoyed this take on the western/noir/thriller genres. Particularly strong are the acting, music, cinematography, directing, and editing. Minor problems with pacing and dialogue can be overlooked in view of the entertaining story and strong characterizations. Congrats to this young team of filmmakers -- I hope to see more!
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