Bone Tomahawk movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s certainly more thrilling, but it’s definitely pretty painful to watch. Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson star in Bone Tomahawk, a decent-paced Western film.


In the old west, a sheriff, his deputy, a gunslinger, and a cowboy embark on a mission to rescue three people from a cannibalistic group of savage cave dwellers.

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Movie details

Director: S. Craig Zahler
Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette
Writer: S. Craig Zahler
Release Date (Australia): 21 January 2016
Runtime: 132 minutes/2h 12m
Genre: Western, Horror, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (R18+)

The film contains graphic depictions of torture and references to cannibalism.

Violence (R18+)

The film includes bloody depictions of dismemberment and decapitation, as well as a scene in which a man is scalped and chopped in half with an axe. These scenes are frequently accompanied by bloody spurts, injury and gore detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes occasional mild coarse language, including use of the words “damn” and “son of a bitch”.

Nudity (M)

The film includes brief breasts nudity in the context of a sex scene, as well as depictions of male buttocks and very brief full frontal male nudity in a non-sexual context.

Sex (MA15+)

There is a scene in which sexual intercourse is depicted, including graphic thrusting detail and partial nudity.

mpaa rating

NR (Not Rated)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Director S. Craig Zahler certainly lets Bone Tomahawk take its time, but isn’t afraid for the film twist into a deeply gruesome and engrossing Western. Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson are both solid in this disturbing horror movie, using dreadful horror elements to make Bone Tomahawk quite unusual for a Western film. Although this movie can definitely be considered a slow-burn, it’s also a possible cult-favourite and audiences who enjoy tension will surely appreciate the painful gore of this chilling story.

The film’s best component would have to be the interesting ideas and well-designed story, alongside a fantastic combination of western and horror segments. The acting is pretty recognisable as it fits into today’s standard thrillers, but several portions of the performances and the plot will strand you on the edge of your seat and leave you there until the end.

If you’re an adventure fan who can take chilling gore and dreadful intensions, anyone would be able to recommend Bone Tomahawk for you! To be honest, the film is fairly a bit overlong, but the dialogue is amazing and the story is engaging. Besides, this surprising, creative and chilling film is also a bit Tarantino-style and never fails to delight Western lovers.

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