A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is a revenge story that turns into something quite a bit less; it's just a story of taking and killing. Nothing learned.
Positive Role Models
Nothing to speak of: The main character is without scruples, doesn't seem very smart, and kills at will; he pays a price, but he doesn't learn anything.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of shooting and killing, with blood sprays and bloody wounds. Digging bullets out of flesh. Burning house. Shooting with arrows. Throat slicing. Woman kidnapped. Dead horse. Bloody "zombie" soldier during hallucination.
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One clear use of "f--k," plus a barely audible, possible second use. Also "goddamn" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual cigarette smoking. Drinking whiskey. A character hallucinates after being given peyote.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diablo is a Western starring Clint Eastwood's son Scott. It's essentially a revenge story, with lots of killing and blood and nothing really learned. Many characters are shot, with bloody wounds. Bullets are dug out of flesh, a woman is kidnapped, a house is set on fire, and a horse dies. In a hallucination sequence, a gory "zombie" is shown. Language is sparse but includes one (and possibly a second) use of "f--k," as well as "goddamn" and "hell." Characters sometimes smoke and drink whiskey, and in one sequence, a character hallucinates after being given peyote. This isn't hardly a prime example of a worthy Western, but teens who are interested in the genre (or the star) may be intrigued anyway. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's impossible not to think of Clint Eastwood in his great Westerns when watching his youngest son, Scott, in this poor one, and the comparison isn't favorable. Both the movie and its star seem empty. The young Eastwood looks a little like his legendary father, but he lacks any kind of edge, history, or character -- the best he can manage is holstering his guns with a little flourish -- and he doesn't seem particularly smart or brave.
Following Jackson through the story, especially after its disappointing "twist," leaves viewers with little to care about. His quest, and all the killings, become ultimately pointless. Moreover, Eastwood is continually upstaged by his far more charismatic co-stars, each of whom only appears for a few minutes, especially de Almeida, Beach, Glovery, and Goggins (who's also in The Hateful Eight). It's too bad this cast was wasted on such a poor movie.
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