An Arguing With Myself Review: Bone Tomahawk

November 4, 2017 Author: Chris Frodel

After an outlaw, who goes by the name of Buddy (David Arquette), unknowingly leads a small tribe of cannibalistic cave dwellers into the peaceful western town of Bright Hope, the savages kidnap several settlers including  Samantha (Lili Simmons), the wife of a local rancher, Arthur O’Dwyer (Patrick Wilson). Despite his injured leg, Arthur joins a small rescue party with the sheriff (Kurt Russell), his aging deputy (Richard Jenkins) and a strong-willed gunslinger (Matthew Fox).

Bone Tomahawk has gotten little to no press since its release. I heard of it from a friend  who told me it involves the most gruesome death ever committed to film (after viewing it, I’m inclined to agree). I watched the trailer he supplied me to see a western starring Kurt Russell. Western + Russell?…I’m in. However there was a problem. I couldn’t find an outlet to view it from! Back in the day, I’d go to the local video store and see if they had it. If not, they’d order it. At least that’s what Tommy K’s would do. Some time had passed and I’d all but forgotten this film. That is, until recently.

What I watched was worth the chase. Such a simple premise succinctly executed. Providing the viewer with minimal exposition. Not bogging you down with unnecessary dialogue. The way the actors spoke was not unlike the way the actors spoke in the HBO series Deadwood. A rhythm that was almost poetic. In a word; Shakespearean.

With the buzz Brawl in Cell Block 99 is receiving, it’s a surprise you aren’t hearing of Bone Tomahawk in the same breath. Cell Block is also from writer and director, S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk being his debut feature film. I’m sure a couple more films under his belt will earn a demand by fans to see his body of work. At the very least, a reference to how you know him. Remember, you read it here.

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