Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.
USA, 2011. Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Reliance Entertainment, Relativity Media, Imagine Entertainment, K/O Paper Products, Fairview Entertainment, Platinum Studios, K/O Camera Toys. Screen story by Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Steve Oedekerk, Screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, based on the Platinum Studios comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Cinematography by Matthew Libatique. Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Music by Harry Gregson-Williams. Production Design by Scott Chambliss. Costume Design by Mary Zophres. Film Editing by Dan Lebental, Jim May. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011.
Daniel Craig wakes up free of memory in the middle of a dusty western vista, finds his way to the nearest town and is immediately arrested for angering the local fat cat (Harrison Ford) and his wayward son (Paul Dano). This looks like the makings of your typical western revenge story except for an odd twist: right before things get particularly bad between all gunmen, aliens descend from the sky and attack the place, causing mayhem and destruction and possibly explaining the strange metallic bracelet that Craig wears that links him to past events he is still having difficulty remembering. This genre mash-up could have been a curiously playful combination of Hollywood blockbuster favourites, but thanks to wooden direction by Jon Favreau and terrible writing, it is one of the most unbearable adventure films you’ll ever chance to see. The opening scenes are excruciating to watch, and the bad characterizations are barely worth sitting through in order to get to the flashy scenes with visual effects.