Jonah Hex – A Movie Review

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Jul 042010
 

Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone… and anything. Having survived death, 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 only human connection is with Lila, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull. But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Western and Adaptation; Running Time: 84 min.; Release Date: June 18th, 2010 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and sexual content.

Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, Micheal Shannon

Directed By: Jimmy Hayward

Lay was most interested in seeing this movie, so we went last weekend.

If you’re prone to make jokes that you lose interest in a movie if something isn’t blown up in the first five minutes of whatever they’re watching?, Well, you have any problems with the opening of Jonah Hex. There are two huge explosions, a shootout, and a robbery in the first fifteen minutes of the film.

Before I go any further, let me be the first to point out that I didn’t read the Jonah Hex comics. So this is purely from a moviegoer’s standpoint. Jonah Hex is so focused on getting revenge for his family that he’s really kind of boring other than the occasional wise remark . He can apparently talk to dead people, which is kind of interesting. Animals tend to have a thing for him, too; horses, dogs, a huge murder of crows.

Megan Fox brings mostly eye candy to her role as a promiscuous woman who has a soft spot for Jonah Hex and has a decent action scene towards the end of the film, but adds little to her repertoire as far as acting goes. John Malkovich as the main villain supports that theory, but his character is also pretty dull. He lost the thing he loved most in this world thanks to Jonah Hex and the military, so he’s decided to kill innocent bystanders and destroy the United States.

If you ever saw (and enjoyed) the old Wild West TV show or movie, you’ll probably like Jonah Hex. They sure seemed to have a lot of really neat technology back in those days. I enjoyed the movie. It’s not going to be up for for any Oscars, but it’s worth renting.

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In Tranzit – A Movie Review

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Nov 272009
 

in_tranzitIn this unlikely and at times wrenching love story, World War II has just ended and a processing error wrongfully lands 51 German POWs in a Soviet prison camp run by women. The guards’ task of outing the SS officers hiding among the prisoners pits the men and women against each other. As the truth of the situation comes to light, hostility remains between some while love blossoms between others. IN TRANZIT is an enthralling period drama.

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, nudity, violence and language.

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann (VALKYRIE), Vera Farmiga (THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS), David Bruhl (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), and John Malkovich (DANGEROUS LIASONS).

Directed by: Tom Roberts

“In Tranzit”is the type of movie that has a great potential and could have been outstanding. Based on a true story, and supported by a great international cast leaded by the awesome Vera Farmiga, John Malkovich, Daniel Brühl, John Lynch and others, the film benefits from magnificent cinematography, costumes and set decoration. Unfortunately the screenplay is weak and pointless. The writer seems to be lost in the dramatic conflict of the lonely women in the chaotic post-war with few men in the city but their former enemies; the existence of a war criminal in the group of prisoners; and the romance of Natalia and Max. I am a fan of the Malkovich, and he plays the villan here with in his usual quietly sinister way. This guy just has a way of being really scary by just walking into a scene. It’s a movie worth watching, but it didn’t live up to it’s potential.

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Burn After Reading – A Movie Review

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Jan 032009
 

burnafterreading_poster2.jpgAn ousted CIA official’s memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.

Genres: Comedy and Crime/Gangster; Running Time: 1 hr. 35 min.; Release Date: September 12th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.

Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt
Written, Produced and Directed: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

I wasn’t sure it would be as good as he thought/ In the end I am so glad we went. This is a very good dark comedy. The story is all over the place, yet the Coen brothers find a way to bring it all together at the end. This movie contains great acting including superb performances by Brad Pitt and John Malkovich. Viewers that do not enjoy dark comedies or movies that do not follow linear plots will not enjoy this movie.I thought the acting was excellent and the storyline was unexpected and fresh! I would even go see this one again!

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