Not a particularly original premise for a film in 2014, but I love how seriously The Dark Valley takes itself and Sam Riley plays an absolute blinder as the mysterious hero, Greider. It's tense, gripping and has some gorgeous cinematography by Thomas Kiennast.
A brooding stranger rides into town ...
Mayhem (eventually) follows.
Beautiful sets, landscape and cinematography. I was more excited about the movie when it looked like it was going to be a serial killer western than when it turned more traditional. Still good, just less original.
Worst case: a shallow exercise in style. Best case: a bizarre allegory? Hitler made us do it. When they came for the Jews I said nothing, then my neighbors, etc. America liberates them from themselves, but they're scared of true freedom, so they want to kill GI Joe, but he rides off. Many years later, in thanks, they breed skinheads and far right devils who want to kill him symbolically by beating immigrants.
I saw a dubbed version. It's always a bad decision to dub. You lose half the acting with a dubbed voice. Since it's a revenge thriller there was a fair amount of looking pissed off going around, which was done well, if not full of originality.
It's a western.
It is set in a new location. The alps.
It is pretty good, bad stuff happens but they PG13 it.
The story is good but by mid movie you have figured the end.
The logic is "weak".
ie why would I do X if I could kill them doing Y.
Like the predator had logic, aliens,etc this a little weak on that department.
So I deducted one star.
I really liked this grim Alpine revenge tale. The songs almost spoiled it for me, particularly during a climactic moment in the film. I really don't understand why it was there. The song, sung in English oddly enough, spoiled the tension of the moment. The mediocre version of "Sinnerman," used at the beginning and end of the film, was annoying, but somewhat less distracting.