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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 21): Jonah Hex / Priest / Another Earth

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • Jonah Hex (2010) – A weird western in which a bounty hunter has the ability to talk to the dead. Despite this, minimal fantastical elements and not very interesting. Even more awkward when you consider the presence of Megan Fox’s stereotypical character, whose sole purpose (besides the eye candy) is to provide some sort of leverage used by the baddie John Malkovich.
  • Priest (2011) – Standard “Good Guy vs. Bad Guys” fare in a fertile post-apocalyptic setting that didn’t quite disappoint, but didn’t surprise either.
  • Another Earth (2011) – I knew not to expect a traditional SciFi film in this serious drama about a tragic accident that occurs on the night another Earth is seen in the sky, but the metaphorical syrup was poured on a little thick and it was ultimately just too artsy for its own good.
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5 Comments on Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 21): Jonah Hex / Priest / Another Earth

  1. Jonah Hex was obviously a film that went through multiple rewrites, and the final director couldn’t figure out which of them he wanted to use.

  2. Of the three, I only liked Priest and would probably give it a max 2 star rating, if I liked star ratings…

    Megan Fox’s character was controversial because she doesn’t exist in the comics. The powers that be felt Jonah Hex needed a ‘love interest’ and they are blind to the stupidity that is Megan Fox, so they cast her in the role.


  3. I haven’t watched the other two, but definitely agree on Another Earth. It was extremely disappointing, even though I knew it was going to be artsy rather than scifi. I was so annoyed by all the unexplained problems with it (e.g. why did it take them so long to make contact?) that I wrote a blog post about what they could’ve done with Another Earth to make it properly science fiction:

  4. Michael O. // October 1, 2012 at 9:10 am //

    Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice, both Brit Marling films, have the same problem – they end at the exact moment when the plot gets interesting and the science fiction could go somewhere original. There’s a difference between good ambiguity and bad ambiguity, and this is the worst kind.

  5. Yeah, you won’t like Another Earth if you think you are going to watch a sci-fi movie, it is not.

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