Jonah Hex (2010)

Jonah Hex (2010)
  • Time: 81 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Fantasy
  • Director: Jimmy Hayward
  • Cast: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich


During Grant’s presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah’s family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah’s face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction.

One comment

  • It’s not that Jonah Hex is a bad film. It’s just not terribly good.

    Sure, there are special effects galore, action by the bucket-load and a plentiful supply of eye-candy. But despite all that, and a simple, but coherent, plot, Jonah Hex fails to engage the viewer very well.

    Brolin’s titular character is dour and expressionless to the point of being uninteresting. Despite the tragedy that made him, its almost impossible to feel for the character. Megan Fox’s pseudo-love interest prostitute is equally bad at evoking much sympathy from the viewer.

    The plot, as I say, is simple. Basically the War on Terror comes to cowboy-land. Add in a dash of the supernatural (which is poorly under-utilized) and the recipe should make for a solid actioner. But again, despite the decent pacing, the movie feels flat and dull.

    The running time for this is barely eighty minutes, yet at least twice I found myself wondering how much longer it would go on. That’s not a good sign! As I say, not a terribly awful film, but not terribly good either. A nothing film, if you like. Has all the right ingredients, but this is one soufflé that just didn’t rise.

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