Ex-Confederate soldier Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is forced to watch his family die at the hands of ultra-villain Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich), and is left to die also. Resuscitated by Native Americans, Hex channels his desires for vengeance to bounty hunting. When he discovers Turnbull is still alive and threatening to destroy the United States, Hex comes to his country’s aid to try to kill Turnbull and dozens more in the process.
ClearPlay In Action!Jonah Hex is loaded with violence, but with ClearPlay … it’s still loaded with violence. Hey, that’s what the movie is about. With merciful judicious cuts, some violence is only implied (a facial branding, a disembodied head, and death by rotor blade, to name a few), but even edited there’s lots of bloodless shooting, fighting, and some heartless cold-blooded killing. Hex can speak with the dead, leading to some disturbing images as well. ClearPlay cleans up about 20 pieces of language. It also trims an intimate scene between Hex and his prostitute girlfriend (Megan Fox), though it can’t do anything to keep parts of Megan Fox from squeezing out of her outfits. My 10-year-old son was very uncomfortable.
Does Jonah Hex weave a cinematic spell?…As vengeance-inspired comic-book stories go, Hex is only okay. With no character development and a simplistic storyline, the emphasis is on visual impact, explosions and impossibly accurate shooting. The mindless action is best suited for comic fans. Strangely, its 82-minute running time seemed long.
Marty Nabhan— ClearPlay Gunslinger
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and sexual content.; 81 min; Directed By Jimmy Hayward