The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat
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Jonah Hex (2010). Directed by Jimmy Hayward. Set during the American Civil War, Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) betrays his commanding officer, Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), when he threatens to destroy a hospital. During the betrayal Turnbull's son is killed, and as revenge he burns down Hex's house with his wife and son inside. Then he brands QT onto Hex's face, so that in theory he'll never forget him. Hex is left for dead, but saved by Native Americans and left with the ability to raise the dead, albeit temporarily. It transpires that Turnbull has developed a vast weapon which he plans to attack Washington DC with, and Hex has to stop him. Now Josh Brolin is well cast as Hex, and John Malkovich is going through the motions as Turnbull. Megan Fox (MEGAN FOXXXXXXX!) plays a gun wielding prostitute that assists Hex, and she's great eye candy. But despite Brolin (and Fox) the film feels like a tired paint-by-numbers affair. I got the feeling that there was more to it, as some sequences are cut together and narrated, suggesting some hasty re-editing. Not quite sure who this will appeal to, and no doubt fans of the original comic will be baying for blood. An uncharitable 2/5 (Poor).
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