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Rated PG-13 · 149 min. · 2013

Action/Adventure, Western

In Gore Verbinski's film, the players are the United States frontier military and Big Railroad, along with their scruffy antagonists: Armie Hammer's title character and Johnny Depp's Johnny Depp, er, Tonto. The theme's of capitalism's takeover of the American West falls victim to a lumbering storyline, questionable characterizations and Verbinski's typically impressive but helter-skelter visuals. Beyond Verbinski's own oeuvre (including the Western-set Rango, also featuring Depp), the director lifts much from Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West. The film's unquestioned highlight is a tremendous runaway train sequence, but in order to get there, you have to slog through Hammer's wrongheaded simpleton shtick and the infernal dead-crow cowl that Depp wears.

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Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Eric Aronson and and Justin Haythe
Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski
Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter


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