Diablo (2015 film)

Diablo is a 2015 Canadian-American Revisionist Western psychological thriller film produced, co-written and directed by Lawrence Roeck and starring Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, Camilla Belle and Danny Glover.[1][2][3] It was the first Western starring Eastwood, the son of Western icon Clint Eastwood.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLawrence Roeck
Produced byLawrence Roeck
Written by
Music byTimothy Williams
CinematographyDean Cundey
Edited byKyle Sanborn
  • Diablo Movie
  • Space Rock Studios
Distributed byOrion Pictures
Momentum Pictures
Release date
  • October 2, 2015 (2015-10-02) (San Diego Film Festival)
  • January 8, 2016 (2016-01-08) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


A young Civil War veteran loses his home to a fire and is forced on a desperate journey to save his kidnapped wife. The year is 1872 and Jackson, a former member of Union General Sherman's army, embarks on an odyssey of both rescue and revenge. At nearly every turn he encounters a mysterious figure named Ezra who delights in tormenting him, while gleefully murdering any witnesses to their encounters.

But things are not at all what they seem. It develops that Jackson committed countless atrocities under Sherman's command and may have actually experienced some sort of psychotic break in the process. What Jackson perceives and believes may be completely disconnected from the reality of what is actually happening around him.



The film was released at the San Diego film festival on October 2, 2015.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

The film was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 19%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 3.47/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 35 out of 100, based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]

The AV Club calls it "[t]edious despite its brief running time."[6] Odie Henderson at RogerEbert.com writes that the film ”goes for shock value with its twists, but plays its hand far too early. Our knowledge of events and of character force us to question why the people in the climactic scenes act as stupid as they do."[7] And Variety says: "The twist...isn’t without promise.... Yet it’s nonetheless clumsily handled, and the last stretch of the film goes south in a hurry."[8]


Diablo won the Best Narrative Feature award at the San Diego International Film Festival in 2015.[9]


  1. ^ a b Vlessing, Ethan (November 16, 2015). "Scott Eastwood's 'Diablo' Nabbed by Orion Releasing, Momentum". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Barker, Andrew (January 8, 2016). "Film Review: 'Diablo'". Variety. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  3. ^ Kozak, Oktay Ege (January 5, 2016). "Review: 'Diablo' Starring Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins, And Camilla Belle". Indiewire. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Diablo (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.metacritic.com/movie/diablo
  6. ^ "Diablo is an inane homage to better Westerns". Film. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Henderson, Odie. "Diablo movie review & film summary (2016) | Roger Ebert". www.rogerebert.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Barker, Andrew; Barker, Andrew (January 8, 2016). "Film Review: 'Diablo'". Variety. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "San Diego Announces the 2015 Award Winners!". San Diego International Film Festival SDiFF. Retrieved April 23, 2018.

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