Kurt Russell takes a page from his Tombstone playbook for the most excellent Bone Tomahawk.
|"No, Matthew. We can't go back|
to the island."
As a first time entry from director S, Craig Zahler it's straight up hard to believe he's never done this before. Somehow, he finds a perfect balance between The Hills Have Eyes and the age old desert wandering plot devices of the western era, making a taut edge of your seat blood spattering adventure led by Kurt Russell and an almost unrecognizable Richard Jenkins doing Oscar caliber work. Why on Earth this thing isn't blowing up the cinemas right now is beyond me. Bone Tomahawk is hands down one of the best features of 2015 and a resolute return to form for Russell making large strides towards his revitalized acting career.
Hinging on proper, polite dialect and the curdling cries of cave dwelling cannibals, Bone Tomahawk rests on a masterfully crafted script, amazing performances across the board, and some of the most hardcore acts of violence we've seen in years. Arrows puncture skin. Bullets tear men apart. Tomahawks split body parts in half. Evisceration covers the ground in gore. And one of the most vile acts ever committed on screen makes this a strange and wild journey that's different from any western I've ever seen. Centered on primal carnage and unbelievably authentic looking special effects, Bone Tomahawk makes that one hardcore kill in Roth's cannibal flick look like child's play. With a cast that features Russell, Jenkins, Matthew Fox, and Patrick Wilson in decidedly different lead roles, it's not just shocking. It's hard to keep your eyes on the screen while the brutality unravels in such a realistic and stunning way.
|"Cripes! What kind of movie is this?|
Kids, cover your eyes!"
If you're a fan of westerns or horror, you have no reason to put off seeing this movie. This is the best of both worlds. You will find something to like about Bone Tomahawk. The environments are familiar. The characters are right at home. And their journey will satiate your need for those gritty, old school flicks about saving the damsel in distress. What ends up setting it apart is the horrific underlying story of monstrous cannibals and their disgusting taste for human flesh. Bone Tomahawk steps up to the plate and knocks it home with a gut slashing bastard of an adventure.
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