REVIEW: JONAH HEX
SYNOPSIS: Out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels steps Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort. Jonah’s past catches up with him when the U.S. military offers to wipe out the warrants on his head if he hunts and stop dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich).
On October 12th, Jonah Hex will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.
FILM REVIEW: So here we go with another comic book “hero” rendition for the big screen. This time it’s a DC Comics character and he’s played by the currently very popular Josh
Brolin. He’s been busy lately doing all kinds of roles from cowboy to President so it should be no surprise that he takes the lead in this one as Jonah Hex. Can I tell you that the movie needed him? He helped carry the movie and the movie needed carrying. I don’t think you could have gotten a better performance given the context and content. Almost equally as important to the carrying of this movie was John Malkovich as Quentin Turnbull, Jonah’s nemesis. John can play a mean villain by far. He is cold, calculated, and merciless. It reminded me of his performance in Con Air. And then there’s Megan. Of course she’s looking gorgeous as always but I was hoping that she’d be more than just eye candy in this film . . . not. Her character had very little depth and purpose and her involvement seemed mostly consequential so you don’t really relate to her character as much, ergo she was mostly eye candy. Now as far as the movie goes, well, let’s put it this way, it reminded me a lot of both Nick Cage’s Ghost Rider and Will Smith’s Wild, Wild, West. I will be as bold as to say that both those movies were better than this one with the exception of Brolin’s and Malkovich’s performances. It just seems cheaper, weaker, and too much of a cookie cutter production. And I say all this being a die hard fan of virtually any comic book character being brought to the big screen. In other words, I really wanted to like this film more than I do.
This is another one of your typical vengeance upon vengeance stories and there’s nothing wrong with that because at least for me, I don’t get tired of a good vengeance story. The problem with this one is that the way the story was presented seemed to lack substance or to use an Alice in Wonderland term, “muchness”. A lot of that might be due to the fact that character development is not one of this picture’s strong points. So even though the performances were good, the characters themselves were shallow. But on a positive note, the gunplay was quite good even with Megan. The cinematography, sets, locations, costumes, and props were all good and appropriate. The special effects were tasteful as in not over the top, especially for this genre. The true art work can be found on Jonah’s face. Wow, that was impressive work, reminiscent of the work on Aaron Eckhart as Two Face Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight. This was quite a departure for Director Jimmy Hayward who has mostly worked on animated films and directed Horton Hears a Who . . . and it shows. As far as this year’s summer blockbusters go, this does not need to be at the top of your
By Cine Marcos
DVD: Invictus is
presented in a widescreen format preserving its theatrical
released format. The picture is complemented with a 5.1 Dolby
Digital audio in English, Spanish and Francais. In terms of
special features the DVD a few additional scenes.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
English 5.1 DTS HD/Dolby Digital
Spanish English French 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
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