Jonah Hex is a movie based on a DC comic book. It takes place during the civil war era.
Hex is a bounty hunter bent on revenge for the murder of his family. His enemy, Quentin Turnbull, is back from the dead and causing trouble. Jonah Hex is enlisted by the government to stop him.
Interesting facts: he can talk to dead people and has a couple of Gatling guns somehow affixed to his horse.
Josh Brolin played the ever grouchy, ever snarling Jonah Hex. The makeup and special effects artists really did a great job of making Brolin’s face look messed up. I did wonder if he had to hold the side of his mouth up the whole time he acted the part or if the makeup people rigged it up that way.
John Malkovich plays Quentin Turnbull. Will Arnett is in the mix too. He’s a Lieutenant.
Special cameo bonus - the guy who plays Broyles on Fringe! YES!
Megan Fox plays Lilah, a prostitute with a soft spot for Hex.
The corset they crammed that poor girl into probably did some sort of internal damage. Her waist looked painfully small.
I read a lot about Megan Fox (mild celeb gossip addiction), people giving her crap, calling her crazy, etc. The girl has skills, not necessarily great acting skills, but skills, nonetheless. She looks good and can pull off action sequences. That’s what she’s good at. Really, what else do we need her to do?
She didn’t really get much screen time until the almost the end of the movie, which I thought was sort of interesting, given that she was so heavily featured in the trailers.
Also interesting was the mention of Eli Whitney. You may know him as the inventor of the cotton gin. In this story, he invented a super weapon.
I read some bad reviews of this movie when it first premiered in the theaters. I actually thought it was good. There was plenty of action and the acting was fine. I’m not sure what those other reviewers were expecting.
I give it an A-.
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