(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Jon Favreau
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
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Production Design by Scott Chambliss
Costume Design by Mary Zophres