Thriller | Western
Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Camilla Belle, José Zuniga, Danny Glover, Nesta Cooper, Adam Beach, Samuel Marty, Joaquim de Almeida, Tzi Ma, Rohan Campbell
A young civil war veteran (Scott Eastwood) is forced on a desperate journey to save his kidnapped wife (Camilla Belle).
Scott Eastwood made me want to watch this film. After seeing him in romances, comic book movies and so on, I was really interested in seeing him following his father's footstep aka starring in a western.
My expectations, however, were quite low because of the film's rating everywhere. But "Diablo" didn't turn out to be as bad as I thought. It is still a mediocre western, but it's quite interesting, and it's worth watching to see Scott Eastwood.
Remember, I said mediocre, which means, for starter, that the plot isn't great. Actually it is very simple, clichéd and a little dragged which makes the film boring at times. But then comes the twist, which is probably too smart for the film, arguably the best part of the story, and I personally didn't see coming, and makes things a little bit more interesting.
While the story is simple, the characters are a real mess. Most of the supporting characters come and go with no known reason, but the real problem is the main character, Scott Eastwood's. With no character development at all, the lead is so weak it almost makes sense for Walton Goggins' character to keep playing into the story.
That being said, there are some good aspects too. The cinematography is outstanding and breathtaking. Kudos to the director and crew for capturing the American Frontier in all it's glory. The musical score is also nice. The acting isn't great, but, given the script, I'd say both Scott Eastwood and Walton Goggins did a good job.
Ultimately, Lawrence Roeck's idea of putting together elements from westerns and psychological thrillers is nice, but poorly executed. And a waste of talents.