ByJay Dee, writer at
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Jay Dee

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, and Sid Haig.

"Bone Tomahawk" is long, slow, and pretty damn good. While definitely a Western, this film defies any real genre title as it often dips into comedy, drama and yes.. horror. In short, the film is really a slow building hypnotic character study that breaths realness and culminates in extreme violence, which must have been what attracted so many good actors to the project.

I found each of the four leads doing some of their best work to date here. Kurt Russell (Tombstone) is amazing even though he's really just playing an older, more restrained version of his earlier Wyatt Earp. Matthew Fox (Lost) really impressed me as a an arrogant gunslinger who exudes a deliberate confidence that can't be touched. A killer with a blood soaked past that keeps things moving. Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers) gives a great comedic performance that often turns dramatic as he's taken more serious while the film trots along. Patrick Wilson (Insidious, The Conjuring) is probably the least interesting of our 4 tragic heroes but, that's because he carries a great deal of the story on his back.

As the film sidewinders it's way around beautiful open scenery, it begins to build a relationship between four very different men destined for Hell and trapped by their own pride and honor.(or stupidity as one female character adds) I loved it, however, I watched fully aware that this is a film that won't be understood by many, especially those looking for that quick fix that some less cerebral horror/gore fans need before giving validation to anything. (There's one scene in this film that is extremely gorey, and well worth the wait) Some will say this film isn't horror at all but, if the events in this film were happening to you ..Nothing's more horrible than that. For me it ranks right up there with films like "We Need To Talk About Kevin", a dramatic tour-de-force that slowly reveals it's true and horrifying nature.

7.5 out of 10


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