Movie Review: Bone Tomahawk (2015)

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Here’s a good question for you to think about: what’s the most peculiar mix of genres you have ever experienced in a movie? And what movie was that? I am asking because the movie I am reviewing today has a weird (to say the least) blend of genres. And I guess that’s one of the reasons I wanted to check it out.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Bone Tomahawk”.

This movie follows a very unlikely group of gunslingers; a sheriff (Kurt Russell), an old assistant deputy (Richard Jenkins), a crippled cowboy (Patrick Wilson) and a well-dressed gentleman (Matthew Fox) as they go out into the wild west to rescue a bunch of people who have been kidnapped by cave-dwelling, inbred, cannibalistic savages… yeah, you figure out how they came up with that. But do you see now what I meant by peculiar mix of genres? The movie decided to try to combine western with horror. And how did it turn out? Actually, it was quite good. The story is told in a very slow moving and suspenseful way which I honestly think worked to the movie’s advantage. Like I said, the movie moves a bit slower than most western so if you don’t have a good amount of patience, you might not enjoy it… but I did. Also, the suspense is really good in this movie.

The characters in this movie all feel very realistic and fleshed out thanks to some good writing and some damn fine performances. Kurt Russell gives a terrific performance in this movie as the sheriff who has sworn to go out and save the kidnapped people. I would even dare say that he gave one of the best performances of his career. Patrick Wilson plays like I said earlier, a crippled cowboy who is coming along because one of the people who got kidnapped was his wife. And Wilson was great in his role. Matthew Fox was a very well-dressed and well-educated man in this movie, but he was also a douchebag… and he did a great job. And Richard Jenkins as the elderly “assistant deputy” was pretty damn great in the movie too. Everybody was really good in the movie. What’s sad though is that both Jennifer Carpenter and Timothy Olyphant were rumored to have important roles in this movie… how awesome wouldn’t that have been?

The score for the movie was provided by Jeff Herriott and S. Craig Zahler (Sidenote: The director of the movie). And it’s pretty great. It’s slow-building, beautiful and tense, in other words perfect for the movie. It’s not huge and extravagant, but it never needed to be.

Seeing as this is a western and me not being able to change, I guess I have to talk about the shooty-bang-bang bits in it’s own separate segment… here we go. The shootouts are fine in the movie. There’s never really any conflict in the movie that requires two or more people to shoot at eachother. But when Kurt Russell or any of the other guys have to shoot at someone or something, it is pretty satisfying.

As previously stated, the movie was directed by S. Craig Zahler and as a little fun fact, this is his directorial debut. And does he make an impressive debut? Yeah, he does. This movie is very well directed and everything looks terrific. Sure, it’s not perfectly directed, but since this is a debut I guess I can kind of look past it.

This movie has been pretty well received even though it hasn’t been seen by too many people. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 89% positive rating (100% if you go by “Top Critics” only) and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 71/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Bone Tomahawk” is an impressive directorial debut from S. Craig Zahler featuring a really good plot, great acting, great music, good shootouts and great directing. Time for my final score. *Cough*. My final score for “Bone Tomahawk” is a 9,83/10. That means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“Bone Tomahawk” is now reviewed.

Remember the question I asked at the beginning of this? Please leave an answer in the comments.

Movie Review: Blade Runner (1982)

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No, I am not making a series of reviews based on “different” sci-fi movies, this just happens to a coincidence. And since I couldn’t come up with a better introduction for this thing, let’s just start the review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade Runner”.

In the year 2019 there exist a type of robot that is basically indistinguishable from a regular human. So of course six of them have broken loose from everything else to try to find their creator. So now it’s up to the blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to find them and eliminate them. And while that is simple as a basic premise, we get SO much more. We get a tale of what a human really is. The plot is surprisingly more philospohical and emotionally hardhitting than you would maybe expect. And I found that really interesting. This made for an intriguing plot that tested my mind at all times. I’m not saying it is complex in the sense where it totally fucks with your mind, but it makes you really think of morality and what really makes you count as human. And for that I applaud the movie! On a quick sidenote though, I did watch the “Final Cut” version of the movie and I don’t know if the original is much different in that sense, so if you have seen it and know the difference, feel free to contact me.

The characters are all unique and interesting with distinct character traits and excellent writing. Harrison Ford is absolutely terrific in the role even though he doesn’t say THAT much. He seems to be more of an “Actions speak louder than words” guy. And Rutger Hauer the lead replicant is also excellent in the movie. Hell, the entire cast is great!

The score by Greek musician/composer Vangelis is fantastic. It is heavily based in a more electronic/techno style and really fits the neo-noir style of the movie. It is also really good at evoking emotions and helping keep scenes interesting. With music like this, you listen closely because it is excellent. I mean, it’s been called one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

Fun fact: When this movie first came out in 1982 it was both a critical and commercial flop. Main reason was because people didn’t get what the deal with the movie was which is weird because the idea is straight forward, it’s just the philosophy in the middle of this cake we call “Blade Runner” that might be pretty complex. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, holy shit this world that Ridley Scott, the set designers and visual effects people have come up with is one of the best worlds ever. It is so well realized that I think it could be an actual place even though I am aware that it is a movie set. Ridley Scott did such a great job directing this movie that it kind of put his other movies to shame. And the visual effects… oh my god. Some of the best I have seen… and this came out 1982. And for the final cut version they didn’t update anything with CGI like some people out there (*cough cough* George Lucas *Cough*) and I love that! And the action in the movie is really good too.

Like I said earlier: When the movie first came out it was a critical bomb but has since then gotten quite the following and critical reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification (Sidenote: It has a 100% on the “Final Cut” page). On Metacritic it has a score of 88/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars and it is in his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,2/10 and is ranked #135 on the “Top 250” list. “Blade Runner” was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best set decoration and Best Visual Effects. 

“Blade Runner” is a surprisingly deep, thoughtful, emotionally punching, suspenseful sci-fi movies I have ever seen. It has an excellent plot, terrific characters/performances, an excellent soundtrack, great direction and some great visual effects. Time for the final score. Why the hell is it raining here? My final score for “Blade Runner” is a 9,85/10. It definitely gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
Seal of Approval

Review of “Blade Runner” is completed.

Seriously, it’s raining all the time in the movie.