Friday, April 29, 2016

Movie review: Bone Tomahawk

Bright Hope is a quiet Old West town until several settlers are abducted by a vicious, mysterious, cave-dwelling tribe. Hoping to rescue the missing people, Sheriff Hunt sets out with a make-shift posse that has grossly underestimated the barbarity of the enemy.

Kurt Russell (Sheriff Hunt), Patrick Wilson (Arthur), Richard Jenkins (Chicory), Matthew Fox (Brooder), Lili Simmons (Samantha), David Arquette (Purvis), Evan Jonigkeit (Deputy Nick), Sid Haig (Buddy).

While at first glance Bone Tomahawk looks like a slow moving Western, about an hour into the film you will start wondering what the hell just happened. Character introductions, background, and plot setup are slow to unfold to be sure. However, once the cowboys and Troglodytes are engaged the slow moving Western theme dissolves and Bone Tomahawk becomes a somewhat disturbing and fast paced horror flick. While the storyline has familiar but disparate elements, they blend well and make for surprisingly good entertainment.

Acting was enjoyable with Russell back in a Western role which seems to suit him well. Jenkins was very good here with excellent delivery throughout. Wilson was an interesting addition but did a nice job of selling his role. Fox, Simmons, Haig and the remainder of the cast did very nicely and seemed to work well together.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with beautiful natural scenery and good technical quality. Action scenes, and the little CGI identified, were well done with violence being particularly detailed and disturbing. Dialogue was enjoyable with good depth. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

Bone Tomahawk is so slow to start that many viewers will be lost but have faith, when the horror shows up it is quite good. If you are looking for a Happily Ever After story that makes you feel good be warned, this is not the film you are looking for.

With some gruesome and disturbing violence, save this one for older teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 4.21.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Drama, Adventure, Western Drama, Western Horror

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