Thursday, March 1, 2018

Movie Review The Dark Valley (2014)

Movie Review - The Dark Valley (2014)         Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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The Dark Valley


The Dark Valley - Movie 2014
A mysterious stranger arrives in a snow capped Austrian mountain village claiming to be a travelling photographer from America, yet is in fact an embittered gunfighter on a mission of vengeance.

A great Western, even though the plot is set in a mountain village in Bum-screw Bavaria(In-bred Appalachia equivalent.) Great acting and a believable story if you think about how weird shit probably happened in the days before running water and Mini-Marts. Seriously, though, this is worth your time if you like a good Western revenge story. 

The lead actor, Sam Riley, and lead actress, Paula Beer, who is a real babe, more than carry the story, they keep it moving and then some. I could see Sam Riley doing the remake of "Then Came Bronson." Paula Beer, besides being my favorite beverage, is someone I will look forward to seeing in more movies.

I don't normally like anachronistic music in period pieces, but it seemed to fit the mood. Particularly in a shootout scene with the brothers toward the end. Powerful scene that stuck with me. Loved the cinematography. The story itself is reminiscent of Pale Rider. Mysterious stranger on a mission of revenge. 

Think I would enjoy it better with subtitles to catch the nuance in the actual language. 4 stars for well done story, direction, acting. Only flaw, and not really much of one, was the lack of explanation as to why the brothers thought they had the advantage in the shootout scene. I caught that he had a repeating rifle.
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The Dark Valley

  • Genres : Western, Mystery
  • Director : Andreas Prochaska
  • Starring  : Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti
  • Supporting actors  : Paula Beer, Thomas Schubert, Carmen Gratl, Clemens Schick, Helmuth Häusler, Martin Leutgeb, Johannes Nikolussi, Florian Brückner, Heinz Ollesch, Franz Xaver Brückner, Xenia Assenza, Beatrix Brunschko, Gerhard Liebmann, Josef Griesser, Johanna Bittenbinder, Erwin Steinhauer, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Thomas Hochkofler
  • Studio : Film Movement
  • Subtitles : English
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Movie Review The Dark Valley (2014)

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