“Jonah Hex”

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“Jonah Hex” is the latest movie based on a DC comics series. This western/science fiction/action film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images, and sexual content. The film had a production budget of $47 million, but only managed worldwide ticket sales of just under $11 million. It does have a somewhat recognizable cast containing Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Aidan Quinn, and Will Arnett.

Jonah Hex (Brolin) is a soldier in the Confederate army. When General Turnbull (Malkovich) orders the murder of innocent people, Hex disobeys and winds up killing Turnbull’s son. In retaliation, Turnbull captures Hex and makes him watch as his family is murdered. The Crow Indians find Hex tied up and nearly dead. They manage to revive him, and as a result of his near-death experience, he gains the ability to talk to the dead. Hex becomes a bounty hunter, taking out his thirst for vengeance on any criminals he can find. When the U.S. government discovers that Turnbull is constructing some sort of “nation killing” weapon, they turn to Hex to track him down. Hex must race to find Turnbull before more innocents are killed.

Will’s Take: Usually I’m a big fan of the obscure comic book movies such as “Watchmen,” “The Spirit,” “Losers,” etc., so I was anticipating this film. Unfortunately I was severely disappointed. This is the worst such movie since “Ghost Rider.” Though the action sequences are intense, the plot is somewhat lacking. There are bits of humor interjected throughout the movie which help keep it entertaining. Most of the night scenes are poorly lit making it hard to see what is going on. The movie was trimmed to only 81 minutes, either editing out the substance of the movie or saving us from sitting through another half hour of the same. I can only give this film a half kernel.

Leanna’s Take: While this movie is cheesy and even a little dumb, you can’t deny that it’s fun! Of course, this flick isn’t meant to be serious or even believable. It’s definitely a fluff movie low on substance. However, its fast pace and high-octane action will keep viewers revved up throughout the film. I noticed how many genres the filmmakers managed to include. It’s primarily an action/western, but there are elements of sci-fi, horror, comedy, and even romance. Plus, I’m sure many guys will enjoy watching Megan Fox’s inspiring (sarcasm intended) performance as Lilah the prostitute. She seems to be a customer favorite lately! Check out “Jonah Hex” when you’re in the mood for some mindless, entertaining action! I give this film one popcorn kernel.


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