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Vexing ‘Hex’ of an adaptation

<p><b>REVIEW.</b> It would be easy to say “Jonah Hex” is overstuffed with cliches, bad acting and a lame plot, but the movie’s problem isn’t as simple as that. On film, the DC Comics character seems as two-dimensional as its comic book counterpart.</p>

‘Jonah Hex’

Director:
Jimmy Hayward

Cast: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox

Rating: PG-13

Grade: ?????


It would be easy to say “Jonah Hex” is overstuffed with cliches, bad acting and a lame plot, but the movie’s problem isn’t as simple as that. On film, the DC Comics character seems as two-dimensional as its comic book counterpart.


Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is out for vengeance after Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) murders his family and disfigures Hex’s face. We don’t learn any-thing about Hex except he’s got a tough nuts attitude and was once a family man. If Hex is compared to a character as richly painted as, say, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, you can see why one gets a sequel and the other inevitably will not.


Clocking in at just 80 minutes, the experience is so lean it’s as if we’re not even getting our 10 dollars worth. Hex confronts the bad guys and blows them up with crossbow fireballs, et cetera. Stir and repeat, perhaps thanks to too many cooks behind the script — there are five people credited for writing it. It’s no wonder the end result is simplistic and devoid of energy — aside from the pretty set-dressing of Megan Fox, who at least isn’t embarrassingly bad as Hex’s prostitute girlfriend Lilah.

 
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