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Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 82 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Out of the pages of the legendary comics and graphic novels steps Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin), a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of the last resort who has survived death and can track anyone...any anything. Jonah's violent history is steeped in myth and legend and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." His one human connection is with Lilah (Megan fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah's past catches up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can't refuse: to wipe out the warrants on his head, he must hunt and stop dangerous terrorists Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, now gathering an army and preparing to unleash hell, is also Jonah's oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.
Who knows what Jonah Hex was supposed to be, really? Based on the DC Comics character, the film is a weird mish-mash of Western, revenge flick, spirituality, and fantasy-plus they toss in some Megan Fox just to get more boys to watch. It all adds up to a bit of a mess, even at a short 80-ish minutes or so, but even with its myriad of flaws, there's still something sorta likeable here.
Starts off, Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) has a ringside seat as his wife and kid are being murdered by one Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), Hex's former commanding officer who believes Hex to be responsible for the death of his son. After the massacre, Turnbull brands Jonah's face and leaves him for dead. Instead of dying, though, Hex is healed by some friendly Native Americans and goes on to become a bounty hunter with a penchant for talking to the dead, while Turnbull goes on to become dead. Soon, though, Turnbull resurfaces with a real bone to pick with the newly formed United States, and President Grant himself enlists the help of Jonah Hex to quash Turnbull's hopes of new country destruction.
Sounds fun enough, right? In some ways, it is. Brolin is surly cowboy dude perfection, and I'm a firm believer that he's the current movieworld's best hope if ever the Western is to be revived. Even the make-up and effects that create his disfigurement are well done-Jonah Hex, as a character, works. It's the rest of the film that's riddled with holes. For one, Fox may be pretty, and I'm probably one of the only people who liked her in "Jennifer's Body", but here she's just kind of useless and empty as Hex's supposed love interest, a role that would have benefitted from someone a little less clean looking. Malkovich is also miscast, and somehow every line sounds as if he's reading it in an attempt to point out how over the top it is. All that could be overlooked-even seen as adding to the B-movie-ish charm of the thing-but it's all just so poorly edited. The story jumps from Point A to Point 32 to Point Manatee and we're supposed to follow, but when the climax finally does come, it's all very anti-climactic and not much of a pay-off, plus it's a little convoluted as to how we got there. Josh Brolin, though? Still cool.
On DVD, all you get for your trouble is a pretty routine selection of Deleted Scenes. Now, when a movie has this much going on, at least a variety of Special Features might make up for the hot mess. No such luck.
Not as bad as you may have heard, mostly because of Josh Brolin's inner and outer cowboy prowess, it's worth a DVD watch, though it really is a big ol' weirdness of gobbledegook.