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10 November 2010 3,254 views No Comment

 Staring Josh Brolin, John Malkovich and Megan Fox the movie Jonah Hex as based on the DC comic of the same name. Jonah Hex fought during the American Civil war on the side of the confederacy until his commander Quentin Turnbull told him to burn down a hospital. He refused and had to kill his friend Jeb who was also Turnbull’s son. In return they tied up Hex and made him watch as they burned his family and then branded his face. They left him for dead but he was rescued by Indians and somehow gained the power to talk to dead people. He also thought that Turnbull dies in a fire so he became a bounty hunter.

One of the first thing I noticed about this is that Jonah Hex is an asshole. In one scene early in the movie, he has a shootout with a corrupt sheriff. He shoots the crap out of them which is totally understandable. But then for some reason he destroys the sheriff’s office and presumably a few adjacent buildings in the process. Now explosions are nice, but he already killed all the corrupt officials and ‘made’ someone else the new sheriff. Then he blows up his office and ¼ of the town with it. It did not add anything to that scene and my perception of this ‘anti-hero’ was tarnished and didn’t really like him after that.

Megan Fox plays a western prostitute and the “love” interest of Jonah Hex. You already know why she is in this movie but I will tell you the two reasons that this typical hot woman role is included in movies at all. One is because she is hot, and she dresses in outfits to show that off. OK, that is reality, sex sells. And he tough girl acting is pretty good and I have no problem with that. The problem is the second reason. So they can get captured at the end of the movie and fuck everything up for a few minutes and initiate an escape/shoot their way out of jail scene. All the same, it is still entertaining and she does kick some ass in this movie.

Visually this movie is pretty good, the Jonah Hex make-up is pretty good and must have been uncomfortable to wear. The scenes they chose to shoot this movie in are very nice. Some of the daytime scenes just looked very bright and real, and the old fort looked dark and dusty like I imagine it should. There are a few over the top weapons, but that is expected and they are not too crazy. Horse mounted mini-guns and dynamite guns anyone?

All in all, this is might be worth a rent if you haven’t seen it yet and like westerns, or worth buying if you are like me and collect all comic book based movies. I don’t think you will watch it more than once though.

My Rating: 6 out of 10

Girfriends Rating: 8 out of 10

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 299 user reviews.

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