A Meagre Bounty
Josh Brolin takes a break from the quality films he’s been turning out over the last couple of years (In the Valley of Elah, American Gangster, No Country For Old Men etc) to star in this forgettable piece of comic book fluff. Adapted from the DC Comics graphic novels by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, Brolin’s Hex is a Civil War-era bounty hunter driven by revenge after his arch rival Quentin Turnball (John Malkovich) kills his wife and child and leaves him for dead. After his brush with the afterlife gives Hex the power to speak to the deceased, Hex uses his gift to track Turnball to a tumultuous final showdown.
More at stake…
The third in the phenomenally successful Twilight franchise may well be the best of the series, but it’s still unlikely to win over any new fans. Still, if you’re already fond of inoffensive teen angst with a fantasy edge, there’s plenty to keep you happy here.
Somewhere feels very much cut from the same cloth as Lost In Translation, a return to more personal, intimate filmmaking, after Sofia Coppola’s period production Marie Antoinette. Plot-wise the film is scant. Stephen Dorff plays a Hollywood star, living out of the Chateau Marmont. He bonds with his young daughter (Elle Fanning) but, when alone, faces periods of introspection and a lack of fulfilment regarding his day-to-day life.