The sons of a Colorado cattle baron, one biological and the other adopted, resent one another and fight for control of their father’s cattle empire.
When Lilly has a baby out of wedlock, but refuses to reveal the father, the whole town is suspicious. Being a good person, Owen withdraws $500 and gifts it to Lilly to help care for the baby. Shortly after, however, it is revealed that Owen withdrew the money on behalf of his brother, Lee, who fathered the child. Lee, who is married to Jen, attempts to cover up his affair, but Jen eventually finds out. Owen and his father convince Jen to stay with Lee, but she is not happy about it. From here, a story of distrust, vengeance, and, ultimately, murder unfolds.
This Western film features characteristics that one would expect — gunfights, bucking broncos, cattle, etc. The camerawork is gritty, yet quality. The audio is quiet and slightly muffled but still understandable. Viewers should, however, expect to pay close attention in order to fully comprehend the plot. Even though it is a straightforward story, the way that it is depicted is unfamiliar today, making it more difficult to follow. There are also quite a few plot points that don’t quite add up today — for example, Owen withdraws $500 in gold from his account, which is worth much more than it would be today.
Vengeance Valley is definitely an entertaining film. Its dramatic script, filming, and characters make it feel like a miniature soap opera. While this film is approved for viewers under 18, it may be difficult for them to follow, so parents should be prepared to explain some of the aspects of the plot. Overall, Vengeance Valley is a great movie, with a classic feel that will transport viewers back in time to the wild, wild west as they follow the mishaps of Lee, Owen, Jen, Lilly, and their families.
Vengeance Valley is Dove approved for ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
Be prepared to pay attention, but to also be entertained by this classic Western film.