Really some of the finest revenge-porn money can buy, but unfortunately the brutality is several times undercut by puzzling music choices. Did it honestly take ten years for shit-tier mid-aughts iPod-commercial rock to hit Austria? And how many people okay'd the use of that music for this gnarly, satisfying Western? Fire the bastards, keep the rest.
This was a gorgeously shot film in a beautiful location. Typical Western story. Mysterious good guy walks into a town run by bad guys. Cleans up the place, walks into the sunset. Even the sort-of twist ending was just meh. I wish there was more to this. But the whole thing left me with no sense of purpose to the film.
This was actually a really good movie. It reminds me of the author Louis Lamour who wrote westerns where an unknown man comes into a town and not meaning to but actually ends up saving the town and the people in it. The director did a great job. The characters did so as well.
While the story defied my assumptions, it wasn't the most stunning to me. However, this film is filled to the brim with beautiful cinematography that I believe makes the watch entirely worth while. You can feel the cold and relentless despair of the atmosphere, and the true uncertainty the conclusion brings. I would enjoy watching again.
With all the grit and entertainment value one could ask for, The Dark Valley delivers through a well made cinematic ambience reminiscent of an old western. Taking place in the Alps, there's rarely ever a dull moment in the cinematography of the film since there is always so much to look at and enjoy as it adds to the desolate atmosphere of the film. All of it contributes to a climax worth the watching experience.
(4.5 stars) Perhaps a 5-star movie for me after I give it some time to settle in my head. This was a GORGEOUSLY shot film with great acting and a very cool narrative. Some nice symbolism and thematic elements at work here. The director puts together a fantastic film that could have easily fallen into a "genre" film trap of cliches, but instead elevates the material into an intricately crafted story.
Surprisingly entertaining, The Dark Valley is a well-paced film that slowly unravels the depressing history behind a small town. I grew to like Greider as his motives were revealed. The ominous sounds scattered throughout the film set the mood while the cinematography provided breathtaking shots of the Alps. The film is a revenge tale with a satisfying finale, no mercy included.
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.
There is a driving element to this film that takes the different threads of its story line and ties them up neatly. But it doesn't use a bow. It uses a hemp rope. There is a saying - Revenge is a dish best served cold. Dark Valley, set in the biting cold of winter - warns us that somethings should not be spoken of. A hidden menace stirs beneath the surface. But there is also courage and justice. Excellent film
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.