Indie Gems: Bone Tomahawk

They're troglodytes.

After his wife and two other men are kidnapped by a tribe of cave dwelling cannibals, Arthur (Patrick Wilson) sets out with the local Sheriff Hunt, (Kurt Russel) his deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins) and a local rich man Brooder (Matthew Fox) to save them. Arthur has a busted leg, but it doesn't matter, he's hobbling right along with everyone else. Only nothing about this trip is easy.

I went from never hearing about this film to lots of people raving about it when it hit DVD. It even picked up a few Independent Spirit Award nominations. While a slow burn at times, this is the type of "Western" I can get behind.

Bone Tomahawk tries to give The Green Inferno a run for it's money in the gore factor. While there's not a ton of it, it's absolutely brutal to watch at times. The core cast is excellent. I expected this movie to be campy for some reason, but it's not so. Though Jenkin's character provides just the right amount of campy humor which I adored. I loved seen Zahn McClarnon show up for a single scene after he was so great in Fargo this season. The pacing does drag in parts due to the fact that a lot of the film is them walking to their destination, but everything else makes up for it.

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Please continue.." - Samantha (Lili Simmons)

13 comments:

  1. Pacing was my main issue here. The middle pocket is so hard to get through because it's just there and doesn't really do anything. The first half hour and the last half hour are great. It's about a half hour too long.

    That one moment, though...like...WTF

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  2. Ha, you know I loved this movie. One of my favorite last year. It's funny how little movies like this become popular through word of mouth alone. I love that.

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    1. I do too. I had never heard of it before fellow bloggers started talking about it. I love when a film can do that.

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  3. This movie is so badass. I loved all this dudes so much, it never dragged for me.

    But, yeah, when it goes gory...shiiiiiiit.

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    1. They did a really good job of making you care about these guys.

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  4. So glad you liked it! I thought the film did a great job establishing the characters and that's why the last 30 minutes were so frightening - because we actually cared about these guys. Also Fox in particular was excellent, I didn't think he has so much talent

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    1. Neither did I. I certainly wasn't crazy about him on Lost.

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  5. It sounds like this is good enough to be worth the gore, and I have no problem with slow burn. I might check it out.

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  6. I love Westerns and will mark this down to see!

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    1. I hope you like it, it's pretty damn gory in a few scenes though.

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  7. I really, really liked this one, so I'm glad it got a couple of Indie Spirit noms. I agree it dragged at times, though.

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    1. If they had trimmed it up a bit, it would've been perfect.

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