John Malkovich Weekend – Jonah Hex (2010)

jonahDirector: Jimmy Hayward

Writer: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor (Screenplay) Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor, William Farmer (Story)

Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, John Gallagher Jr, Michael Shannon, Wes Bentley

 

Plot: 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.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not as Bad as I Thought

 

Story: Jonah Hex starts as we see soldier Jonah Hex (Brolin) has to pay for killing Quentin Turnbull’s (Malkovich) son during the war, branded with a QT on his face Jonah witness his family burnt alive. Going on the rampage to find Turnbull he only discovers he has died and Jonah becomes a bounty hunter that can communicate with the dead.

When Turnbull returns from the grave or never got killed the President turns to Jonah Hex to stop Turnbull and his plan to build the deadly weapon that could become the biggest threat in American.

Jonah Hex is an adaptation from a comic book series which like most I have never read so I can’t judge how accurate the version is. The story is shot like it has been ripped from the pages of a comic because we get very little background story of any characters in more than quick flashbacks. The special effects do come off looking bad in places where you can clearly see the CGI being used throughout. The settings all come off looking like the time which isn’t a problem and potentially the highlight of the film. The action side of the film is all average without a truly memorable scene being used either and the inclusion of the fantasy elements where Jonah can talk to the dead comes off looking good and is something I would have liked to have seen more.

The cast is an interesting one because Brolin as Hex works well, Malkovich as the main villain is like finding a cheap version of Cyrus the Virus from Con Air, Megan Fox clearly brings the sex appeal but doesn’t get much of the actual acting done here. It is Michael Fassbender that stands out in this role where he goes full crazy with his character being the most memorable but I am not sure if it is for the right or wrong reasons. All the other supporting cast are almost wasted in small roles that barely get more than one scene.

 

Overall: I was expecting terrible but this is an easy watch without being great.

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2017 Anticipated Countdown #11 Power Rangers

2017 Anticipated Countdown

Through December I am going to look at 31 films I am looking to watch in 2017, some I am looking forward to and others I want to see where the film idea will go next.

Power Rangers

Power Rangers Poster

Main CastDacre Montgomery, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Grey, Bill Hader

Reasons I want to see

·        Grew up watching this so want to see where it goes now.

·        Sadly, this looks like Breakfast Club meets Chronicle.

·        Doesn’t look like it will have the cheese side we would expect from the idea.

Will it be successful? I think this could be the first contender for worst film of the year.

5 Questions About The Trailer – War for The Planet of the Apes

5 Questions About The Trailer

War for The Planet of the Apeswar

Plot A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans.

DirectorMatt Reeves

CastWoody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Andy Serkis, Steve Zahn, Ty Olsson

Questions

1) Woody Harrelson as villain, can he steal the show from Andy Serkis?

2) Caesar looks like he still wants peace, will he be against both human and apes again?

3) The little girl, what is her connection to Caesar side of the battle?

4) What will be the time difference between Dawn and War?

5) Can this build on the brilliance of the last film?

What are your thoughts on the Trailer?

Check it Out Here