Jonah Hex is a Confederate soldier until his general, Quentin Turnbull, asked him to burn down a hospital filled with Union members. Hex declines and he has to kill Turnbull's son, his own best friend, in order to escape. After the war, Turnbull tracked down Hex, tied him to a cross, burned down his house with his wife and child inside, and brands his initials upon Hex's face. Turnbull leaves him to die strung up, but some Native Americans find him and bring as much of him back from the dead as possible. As a result of a part of him still being dead, he can touch a dead person and, as long as they are touching, can revive and talk to the corpse. He hears Turnbull is dead, so he turns his attention to bounty hunting, bringing evil men to justice. However, he is contacted by a lieutenant of President Grant when they hear that Turnbull, perhaps not as dead as initially reported, is planning an attack on the nation's capital at the American centennial celebration. Jonah digs up his friend, Turnbull's son, and after apologizing for killing him, asks him to tell him where his father has gone to before he can kill more innocent people. He's pointed to Fort Resurrection, where Hex realizes Turnbull's diabolical plan: he has stolen the components for and put together a massive super-weapon. When Hex tries to stop him, he is badly injured by Turnbull's right-hand man, Burke, and Burke successfully kidnaps Lilah, a prostitute whom Hex loves. Hex must beat Turnbull to Washington DC, rescue Lilah, save the city, and finally claim the revenge he has longed for all these years.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's a bit of a mess from a plot perspective, but it moves along quickly, has some good effects, and generally could be a lot worse.
Best scene in story:
Jonah Hex fighting Burke, played by Michael Fassbender before he was a star, is an exciting face-off of two very different styles of fighting between adversaries.
Opinion about the main character:
Hex is a good gruff hero in the Western archetype-- noble, violent, kind to women, ruthless to evil men. Brolin is perfect to play this type of part.