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Movie Review Characters, animation, costumes keep ‘Jonah Hex’ interesting

Grade: B

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Posted: Friday, June 18, 2010 12:00 am

A scarred bounty hunter, a tyrannical murderer and a beautiful prostitute cross paths in "Jonah Hex," a Victorian sci-fi film interspersed with violence and animation.

Josh Brolin ("Milk") is Jonah Hex, a soldier whose life was changed forever when his wife and son were burned in front of him. He was being punished for killing the brother of Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich, "Burn After Reading"), and in retaliation, Quentin burns his initials on Jonah's cheek so Jonah will forever remember what he did.

Jonah is left for dead on a cross in front of his burned house, until Native Americans bring him back to life. Jonah's wife was Native American.

Because of Jonah's near death, he has the new ability to touch dead men and bring them back to life, until he stops touching them. This proves useful for interrogation purposes.

Jonah roams around, killing people as a bounty hunter, and randomly checks in with Lilah (Megan Fox, "Transformers"), a feisty prostitute with an impossibly small waist.

Supposedly Quentin died in a hotel fire, but the military comes to Jonah for help when they discover Quentin is indeed alive and ready to unleash violence and mayhem at an unknown Independence Day event. Jonah is re-energized because his quest in life is to kill Quentin.

Quentin, meanwhile, is amassing an arsenal of weapons and a plan to create war on American soil. He is ruthless and practices his violence on innocent towns with his firepower.

The film has some great cameos, including the hilarious Will Arnett ("30 Rock"), who plays a serious Lt. Grass. Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds") plays an awesome member of Quentin's gang who has a tattooed face and a thirst for death.

Director Jimmy Hayward has mainly worked as an animator on such movies as "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc."

The movie goes along at a good pace, and although it's very violent, the intermittent animation scenes, ruthless characters and steam punk style costumes make Jonah Hex.

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