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Jonah Hex is a 2010 post-Civil War anti-hero Western film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by Jimmy Hayward and stars Josh Brolin as the title character, Jonah Hex, and also stars John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, and Megan Fox. The film was released on June 18, 2010.

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless Bounty Hunter. In the American Civil War he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a confederate general, Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction.


The original draft of the film was penned by the creators of Crank. It was cut down from its original running time to just over 70 minutes (to make it more action-oriented, or so the rumors say), and went over like a lead balloon.

The movie contains the following tropes:

  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Lilah.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In the comics Lilah/Tallulah Black is so hideously scarred that Hex is the only man who can stand to bed her. In The Movie, she's played by Megan Fox.
  • Animate Dead: Hex's special ability.
  • And This Is for...: when Jonah finishes off Turnbull's Irish Dragon. TWICE.
  • Badass Mustache: Jonah sports one.
  • Blown Out the Window
  • BFG: To the point of being a Doomsday Device. It's a rotary bombard cannon whose cannonballs are subsequently detonated by an Energy Ball containing unknown Phlebotinum. Designed by Eli Whitney, no less. Turnbull tests it on an unsuspecting town.
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  • Bounty Hunter
  • Captain Ersatz: "Snake-Man" from the arena fights is a subscale Uber-Immortal.
  • Crusading Widower
  • Deader Than Dead: The Dragon in the end. Jonah shoves his head into a propeller in revenge for killing Jonah's wife, then brings him back to life just to obliterate his body in revenge for killing Jonah's son.
  • Death of a Child: Burke has Jonah Hex's house burnt down with his wife and son inside.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Ex-Confederate Quentin Turnbull and his (mostly Southern) men hijack trains while wearing ghostly hoods.
  • Gatling Good: Jonah uses a small, man-portable gatling gun at several points during the movie. Check out the poster.
  • Historical Beauty Update: No saloon girl in the 1870s could have looked that fashionable. Not even Megan Fox herself would have looked like that.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Lilah.
  • In Name Only: The film bears very little resemblance to the comic book, save for the scarred protagonist. The filmmakers added an inexplicable super power to temporarily resurrect the dead, which served no purpose, as he just uses this ability to pump the dead for information, something the hardcore western Hex of the comic would have accomplished simply by shooting the living in the kneecap.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Duel wielded crossbows that shot sticks of dynamite! Also the horse mounted gatling guns!
  • Irish Explosives Expert: Burke is a rather psychotic Irish mercenary with a fondness for explosives, though he also likes to kill up and close with his Bowie knife.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: Lilah keeps a Colt Theur Derringer in her room for protection. She pulls it to get rid of her obsessed client, Grayden Nash, who later sneaks it from its hiding place and fires it at her. Missing once, he puts it to her head and fires again, but she informs him that it is a single-shot weapon.
  • Kick the Dog: Turnbull's entire Establishing Character Moment is this, from descriptions of how he wiped out hospitals and schools during his part in the Confederate Army, to tracking down Jonah's family after he turned against him and forced Jonah to watch as his wife and son are burnt to death before branding Jonah with a disfiguring scar and leaving him to die.
  • Large Ham: Burke
  • Meaningful Name: The guy who supplies all of Hex's firearms is called Smith.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: One of the trailers for the film shows the briefest glimpse of a sex scene involving Megan Fox's character, which not only isn't to be found in the final film, it isn't even a deleted scene on the DVD.
  • Monumental Damage: Narrowly averted. A cannonball from the Doomsday Device clips the side of the still-under-construction Washington Monument.
  • Mugging the Monster / Berserk Button: Do not ask Jonah how he got his scar.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: If terrorist Quentin Turnbull hadn't already been Jonah's mortal enemy, Jonah would probably not have been willing to be pressed into service by the U.S. government to stop him.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Lilah.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Prog Metal band Mastodon composed the score.
  • Progressively Prettier: We're supposed to believe that people find Jonah ugly, but apparently he's good-looking enough to bed Lilah, the town prostitute (free of charge, that is.) Whereas in the comics, he practically looks like "The Cryptkeeper." In all fairness, the scar IS disfiguring and quite disgusting to look at. The problem is, Hex is played by Josh Brolin. Also in fairness, it's pretty clear that their relationship was NEVER based on looks (one thing from the comics that they got right).
  • Protagonist Title
  • The Remnant: Turnbull and his men.
  • The Reveal: Lilah IS Tallulah Black.
  • Say My Name Trailer: At least one trailer does this (though it "only" uses about three or four repetitions).
  • Sinister Whistling: In one scene Burke is shown happily whistling "Johnny Comes Marching Home" to himself whilst he sets up the explosives to blow up the train.
  • Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: Jonah can pull a type III, but hold off the rotting a bit by rubbing earth on them. "Dead loves dirt." Undeath Always Ends as the corpses appear to be burning rather than rotting in the usual sense.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Lilah meets one in a stagecoach in a deleted scene.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Jonah does it to the Union officers while they try talking to the body.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Lilah keeps a knife in her bustier, but it was taken when she was "thoroughly searched."
  • Weird West
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Quentin Turnbull does this to Adleman Lusk. Lusk says that he will hang if Turnbull's scheme fails and Turnbull promises him that he will not hang.

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