It seems Ethan Hawke didn’t want to hang up his spurs and six-shooters quite yet after filming the remake of The Magnificent Seven. He’s ready and willin’ to help the western movie renaissance continue! And when we talk about the wild wild west, as of late film makers have been putting the emphasis on “wild” and “wild”.
Last year started with the more traditional westerns such as Slow West or Salvation or even The Keeping Room. But they’ve also been sprinkling in things such as Sweetwater and Bone Tomahawk. And the truth is, I love it all – though it remains to be seen how well a 2016, John Traviolta as “evil cattle baron” will work out.
Still, it seems I should be a happy camper through the rest of 2016 with both In a Valley of Violence being released, as well as a big studio production of The Magnificent Seven (see previous post).
In a Valley of Violence stars Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone with Karen Gillan and John Travolta. The film is directed by Ti West (Prey, House of the Devil).
A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog Abbie (Jumpy) make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey they cut through the center of a large valley – landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton – a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once popular mining town is nearly abandoned, and controlled by a brash group of misfits and nitwits – chief among them, the seemingly untouchable, Gilly (James Ransone) who is the troublemaking son of the town’s unforgiving Marshal (John Travolta).
As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past…there is no stopping the escalation.
Have a looky at the trailer below pardner…