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Jonah Hex

Jonah Hex, the gunslinging antihero introduced by D.C. Comics in 1972, was really just Clint Eastwood's Man With No Name in need of plastic surgery, but for this big-screen adaptation, screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) have endowed him with the handy ability to interrogate corpses. The result, messily directed by Jimmy Hayward, begins affably enough as a random slew of Leone-style squint-a-thons and shoot-outs but then loses it way in a dopey, anachronism-happy sci-fi plot: it seems that Eli Whitney (who died in 1825) built an apocalyptic weapon for the Union during the Civil War, and when it falls into the hands of an ex-Confederate terrorist (John Malkovich), President Grant (Aidan Quinn) knows that only Hex (Josh Brolin) can stop him.

Credits

Director:

  • Jimmy Hayward

Cast:

  • Josh Brolin
  • John Malkovich
  • Megan Fox
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Will Arnett
  • John Gallagher Jr.
  • Tom Wopat
  • Michael Shannon
  • Wes Bentley
  • Julia Jones
  • Luke Fleischmann
  • Rio Hackford

Producers:

  • Akiva Goldsman
  • Andrew Lazar
  • Matt LeBlanc
  • John Goldstone
  • Thomas Tull
  • Jon Jashni
  • William Fay
  • Ravi Mehta

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