Bone Tomahawk

 (17,848)7.12 h 12 min2015X-Ray18+
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home.
S. Craig Zahler
Kurt RussellPatrick WilsonMatthew Fox
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Lili SimmonsRichard Jenkins
Dallas SonnierJack Heller
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Mr. MamboReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Western, But.....
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68 years young.
I have always loved good westerns, but there are few recent movies which approach The Searchers, Red River, Liberty Valance, the James Stewart classics, Shane, the Eastwood/Leone collaborations, Once Upon a Time in the West, etc.. Unforgiven is a modern classic, the 1st Lonesome Dove is great, and I enjoyed Open Range and the Kurt Russell version of Tombstone.
Bone Tomahawk has an A-list cast, the requisite weathered authentic look in both town and people, beautiful filming and dramatic lighting, solid writing, humor, intriguing plot.
But late in the goings there is a scene of complete and utterly depraved brutality which, to be honest, I wish I had not seen, and wish that I could "unsee". This graphic butchery never would have been shown if this had been filmed in the 50's, 60's, 70's...probably even up to 2000!
Now, practically anything goes. Audiences of today seem unbothered by, and perhaps even relish, seeing this brutality. Certainly one can become inured to it; is it possible to become addicted to it?
Is that progress?
300 people found this helpful
David WelchReviewed in the United States on May 17, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good horror/western mix
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An entertaining blend of western and horror, with probably about 80% of the screentime being western, and 20% being horror. Much of the film feels like a traditional man-on-a-mission western, but the horror scenes, while limited, are quite intense and gory. The plot is a solid B-movie tale, where an inbred clan of cannibal Indians, feared by the local tribes for centuries, attacks a village and kidnaps a man's wife. The husband (Wilson), the sheriff (Russell), and old Indian fighter with an axe to grind (Fox), and an elderly deputy (Jenkins) go in pursuit and things get intense. If you appreciate well-done pulp tales or B-movies, you'll probably like this. Russell owns the screen as a middle-aged sheriff, the man can act. Richard Jenkins also does a great job portraying a tired, grieving deputy who only has his job because he's friends with the sheriff, but is willing to do his best at it all-the-same. The interplay between Jenkins and Russell gives depth to their characters you don't expect in this type of movie. Wilson did well as a determined husband, though his character was a little one-note. Fox's character is meant to be somewhat unlikeable, but still has some depth and even a spark of decency to him in the end. Not a film for the squeamish, but still an entertaining blend of horror and western.
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AHCReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Western Respun
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This film is excellent for anyone who grew up with Westerns, but enjoys modern film elements. The majority of the film follows amazing western tropes like a ragtag group of men from different walks of life adventuring together towards a common goal. The dry humor of Westerns is definitely present throughout the entirety of the film with great lines like, "I am far too vain to ever live as a cripple."

The other part of the film has an uneasy horror feel that becomes cringeworthy at times. All in all, the film hits all the right notes to be a great western and a great horror film. If one starts this film with the feeling that they are watching a spaghetti western, they will likely not enjoy this film. It does deal with the true terrors of life out in the old west. Fear being a major hurdle for many. As a character says, stupidity of some being the hardest part of living out west. I love the performances of the characters and the little details that drive home the gritty feel of this film.
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apabbottReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Storytelling and drama at its best! Kurt Russell was great!
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I was surprised to see so many negative reviews on amazon. I have to say this really was a movie which told a story (shocking in this day an age) as opposed to most modern movies that use the format to simply dangle sex, explosions and cheap thrills in front of a slack jawed audience. I don't understand why so many people consider this movie to be slow-paced, as the entire time I was enthralled by the characters' emotions, interactions, and what was an obvious well developed lead up to a shocking and horrible climax. This movie took the time to actually develop the characters. Four men go on a long and dangerous journey to rescue a woman and deputy from a clan of cave dwelling natives, knowing that they have little chance to succeed. On the way they battle the elements in an uncharted and unmapped western frontier and bravely continue through the unforgiving landscape. The movie contains humor, adventure, drama, romance, and yes, horrific violence for those who are squeamish. In fact, the scene most reviewers are talking about is pretty difficult to watch and for those of you that have a hard time with that kind of thing should definitely avoid this movie. But it is certainly horrifying and spine tingling, which is apparently what the director was going for.
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jmk444Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A GREAT Story...VERY WELL Acted!
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Excellent acting with a gruesome, bone chilling story.

It's sad so many didn't get the story. It's message is a full throated defense of Western Civilization's mobilizing influence.

A town is invaded by a primitive group, killing a stable boy, stealing horses, and abducting a drifter who'd trespassed on their land, a Deputy and the woman treating his wounds (Lili Simmons), inflicted on him by the Sheriff. The Sheriff (Kurt Russell), his aging backup Deputy (Richard Jenkins) the woman's hobbled husband (Patrick Wilson) and a townsman named Brooder (Matthew Fox).

They are all excellent, Russell and Fox especially.

The storyline is about people risking everything for something greater than themselves. They rescue the woman, Samantha O'Dwyer (Lili Simmons) and, in the process eliminate the threat to the town.

In essence it is the message of that famous short work, titled "A Message to Garcia," which is, that determination to do a job is more important than almost anything else. As the story noted, "A Message to Garcia
Some one said to President McKinley, “There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can.”

"And they found the one named Rowan and he was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan” took the letter, sealed it up in an oilskin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, and in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia — are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail. The point that I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, “Where is he at?” By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land.

It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing—“Carry a message to Garcia.” He delivered the message. "

It's sad so many overlooked the meaning here.
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Santa95Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was bad - really bad
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It's difficult to believe that movie making has devolved into this. This is the type of story that your over-indulged 12 year old comes up with, including the hand drawn pictures of stick men, blood and stink-lines. It has all the nature of a modern movie, unnecessary sex, blood, bone , gore and vapid unrealistic scenes and story. This one, however, goes out of its way to be 12. You will progress through this trauma saying, to yourself 'why does't he....', 'how come they don't......', 'but that wouldn't....'. Halfway through, you give up and just roll eyes and shake heads. I like your work Curt and you have lots.....why this desperate?
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Frank NWAReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I won’t watch a “horror” movie again without first looking at the Comments section of Amazon Prime and IMDB. I thought a “horror” western with blood-thirsty American Indians would involve them having some supernatural powers, and thus be difficult to capture or kill. Add to that superstar Kurt Russell’s major presence, along with nine other movie or tv stars. So I expected a mainstream movie with some jump scares, gradual tension buildup, and a twist or two at or near the end.

First, there was no musical score; and, the dialogue was mundane most of the time, I assume, to make it seem as if the viewer was watching a reality program from the 1890s American western frontier. So the gradual buildup of tension didn’t materialize for me. There were two jump scares in the early portion; and, in the middle involving tv star Matthew Fox (who was excellent along with longtime movie character actor Richard Jenkins). But I can’t remember any clever twists.

Second, the young director, with little money ($1.8M) was obviously trying to make his western unique, and thus create some buzz. But anyone can put out a torture-porn movie. I’m certain there are many technical specialists in Hollywood who can be hired to simulate horrific acts of explicit violence on the silver screen. And what in the world were ten Hollywood stars thinking when they signed up for this sick garbage? Did they think it would be neat to act in a torture-porn movie? Did they need a paycheck that badly at the time? At least Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins had decent roles to play, and Mr. Fox would be perfect as the lead in a remake of “The Lone Ranger.”
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HoldenRiderReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
(NON PLOT SPOILER REVIEW) Amazon Gets it. Watch out HBO!!!!!! Best horror Film in years. Western theme is a nice twist.
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Kurt Russell is awesome as small town sheriff. The whole cast is top notch along with perfect direction, photography etc. Only reason this would get ANYTHING LESS than 5 STARS is the fact that it is just too damn scary. You would think that is a good thing, but this is really sick, scary as hell stuff, trust me. If you like horror with a twist you will love this. Seems like Amazon gave the director TOTAL FREEDOM and that is a good thing. Hollywood always seems to pull back and that never makes for a great film - too scared or worried about $$$ to actually go for it. This is a great film but, ***BE FOREWARNED*** this to goes very deep into the horror genre. ***This is not intended for anyone under 15- 17 PERIOD!!!!!*** This is the stuff of nightmares. Hats of to AMAZON for having the BALLS to do this!!!!!!!! But again it is very very hard core graphic horror.
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