Bone Tomahawk Movie Review


This movie was kind of messed up once it got going.

Before I read anything about this movie, I honestly thought it was just another western. I saw it pop up on some best of the year lists and I was wondering what all the fuss was about. Then I saw that it had like a 7.7 IMDb and a 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, so I figured it was worth a try. So I loaded this movie up on the big screen and stretch my feet out to watch it.

It started like any old western, bandits robbing someone, and then the negative depiction of Native Americans as savages. I actually googled Troglodytes and apparently they are a real thing. But I knew this movie was going to be messed up when I saw how the bandits killed the men who they were stealing from, then I saw how one of them were killed by the Troglodytes, (hey there Captain Spaulding).

But from there the story picks back up and you see your cast and it's a pretty strong one with Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons and even David Arquette made a worthwhile contribution to this movie. They were all strong in their roles and kept it rolling throughout the movie. On a bit of side note here, I like how Russell's character acknowledge the slave boy needed to buried properly and that he had no family so someone needed to say some kind words for him, nice touch of PC there.

But to me the movie was moving slow a bit and could've cut down about 15 minutes of desert time to get to the cave scenes. But once they got to the area around the caves then it was on and poppin. I'm not mad for a second at what happened from that point at all. In fact it was kind of epic the whole way that it just kept rolling with the non stop gruesome action that I wonder why that unnecessary 15 minutes of desert time was even there in the first place.

Ya'll, listen, remember when I said I didn't read anything about this movie before watching? Well I didn't realize that it was HORROR western, and I say this because there is a scene in this movie, of someone dying that will make even people who are use to death scenes in Game of Thrones cringe. I mean it was so disturbing that I'm still thinking about it right now.

And get this, that wasn't the only disturbing scene in this movie.

All in all if you have the patience to go the distance then the last 45 minutes of the movie is worth every second of your time invested. I can save you some time in the desert sequence tho: they get on their horses, they have a couple of moral conflicts and dilemmas and then they reach the caves. I mean skim through it because there is some relevant stuff in there, but don't dwell. I strongly recommend this movie to those who love a good gore movie.

Have you seen this movie? If so then leave it in the comments below.

Until next time guys!

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