Bottom Line: A creatively conceptualized, semi-intriguing, sci-fi spaghetti western that excitingly explodes out of the starting gate, stumbles mid race and unremarkably trots toward the finish line. Although I would have preferred a straight-up western with these two, it is cool to see James Bond and Indiana Jones share the big screen – but why, when there’s cinematic gold in them thar hills, did the filmmakers settle on mining for silver?!. Best to rope this admittedly action-packed yet late-in-the-game lazy shoot ‘em up around high noon…when you can buy a matinee-priced ticket.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde
Directed by: Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, ELF and ZATHURA)
Story: 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. (Universal Pictures)
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