Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
This 2015 western film is a surprisingly awesome movie with a strong cast and an even stronger script. If you can stomach a few gruesome scenes that even made my steeled eyes want to look away, this movie is a must watch. Bone Tomahawk tells the story of Arthur, Patrick Wilson, whose wife is taken by an tribe of troglodytes. “What are troglodytes?”, you might ask. In this case they’re this cannibalistic race of cave dwellers who have, shall we say, evolved to that life style. Arthur is aided in his quest by the town sheriff, Kurt Russel, the deputy, Richard Jenkins, and the town fancy man, Matthew Fox.
I can not begin to tell you how great the four of these actors function in this movie. They each play a twist on your standard western movie archetype. Patrick Wilson(Watchmen, The Conjuring, Hard Candy) plays the cowboy, but he has a broken leg. Matthew Fox (Lost, that one scene in Smokin’ Aces) plays the gentlemen type, but he’s really on this whole revenge murder spree. Kurt Russel(The Thing, The Hateful Eight) plays the sheriff, but he’s actually Kurt Russel, but with a mustache. Richard Jenkins… I’ve seen this movie twice now. The first time I saw it, I didn’t know it was Richard Jenkins(Cabin in the Woods,The Visitor, Step Brothers), he looks nothing like himself…if that makes sense. Anyway, they’re all excellent, but what really sells this movie is the dialogue.
S. Craig Zahler, the writer and director of Bone Tomahawk, this is his second movie. His first, 2011’s Asylum Blackout (which he only wrote), was a horror movie about cooks at an insane asylum who get locked in with the inmates when the power goes out. He wrote the script for that movie in 1995. Bone Tomahawk was written in 2007. This guy is such a fantastic writer. Of dialogue especially. He’s very clever with how he turns a phrase. He gave his best lines to Richard Jenkins character who sorta ends up embodying the theme of the movie: that a person can do just about anything when he sets his mind to it, because anything is possible. I think that that message rings double true when those words were penned by a man who can attest to that kind of spirit existing.
Also, this movie cost $1.8 million to make. That’s just a little more than what Michael Caine got paid to be in Jaws: The Revenge.