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Jonah Hex (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Fantasy | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Director:

Jimmy Hayward

Writers:

Mark Neveldine (screenplay) (as Neveldine), Brian Taylor (screenplay) (as Taylor) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Jonah Hex
John Malkovich ... Quentin Turnbull
Megan Fox ... Lilah
Michael Fassbender ... Burke
Will Arnett ... Lieutenant Grass
John Gallagher Jr. ... Lieutenant Evan
Tom Wopat ... Colonel Slocum
Michael Shannon ... Doc Cross Williams
Wes Bentley ... Adleman Lusk
Julia Jones ... Cassie
Luke James Fleischmann Luke James Fleischmann ... Travis
Rio Hackford ... Grayden Nash
David Jensen ... Turnbull's Henchman
Billy Blair ... Turnbull's Gang - Billy
Sean Boyd ... Turnbull's Gang - Preacher
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Storyline

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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Revenge gets ugly


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jona Heks See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayou Gauche, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,379,365, 20 June 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,539,414, 8 August 2010
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Josh Brolin initially hated the script, but later changed his mind, growing to like its tongue-in-cheek tone. See more »

Goofs

The Washington Monument is shown as almost complete. In 1876 the Monument was still only one third complete and construction had been stopped since 1858. Addition construction was authorized during the Centenial but actual construction did not resume until 1879. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jonah Hex: War and me took to each other real well. It felt like it had meaning. The feeling of doing what you thought was right. But it wasn't. Folks can believe what they like, but eventually a man's gotta decide if he's gonna do what's right. That choice cost me more than I bargained for.
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When the Warner Bros logo appears, its accompanying theme is played in a western riff. See more »


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The Banjo Song
Written by Seasick Steve
Performed by Stephan Altman
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hmmmm....
19 June 2010 | by on_the_canSee all my reviews

I'm hesitant to call this an out and out terrible movie as some have labelled it simply because it was mildly entertaining. There's a lot of action, some cool ideas, a great performance by Josh Brolin and the short 80 minute running time doesn't hurt it either.

The sad truth of the whole thing is that it just didn't come close to its potential. For starters, Jonah Hex didn't have to be macabre and supernatural...to my knowledge this wasn't even part of the original comic books that the movie is based on. The original story is simple, Jonah Hex's family is murdered, he's horribly scarred and left for dead. He gets better and sets out for revenge. It's a pretty classic western tale...one that we've seen before but given the general lack of western movies these days, that doesn't matter...there's plenty of room in theatres for a fun out for revenge Western. Having said all that, the supernatural ideas that they came up with are actually kinda cool, and I would've been happy to see them mixed in, if only they'd been handled better. Instead these elements seem tossed in as an excuse to include CG effects that the box office loves oh so much.

The end result is an unfortunate mash up of a good ideas...that maybe could've worked if more time had been put into development, it feels like it was either slapped together too hastily or suffered from a massive reedit...during most of the film I couldn't shake the feeling that there was maybe a 2 hour+ director's cut lying on the floor somewhere which may or may not be a superior and more coherent film. I was looking forward Jonah Hex based on a short appearance he had in a Batman cartoon years ago...from that alone I thought the character had a lot of movie potential but I was let down. Brolin's performance is the best part of the movie. Malkovich is good but nothing too spectacular considering his track record, and even Megan Fox is half decent but she doesn't have a lot to do with her pretty much useless character.


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