The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger

Gore Verbinski (2013)

143min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
How did an idealistic Texas Ranger become the legendary masked man of mystery? The Lone Ranger's partner Tonto (Johnny Depp) relates the story to a wide-eyed kid at a Wild West sideshow in this visually resplendent adventure. The story mainly revolves around the pair's efforts to thwart a corrupt railway magnate (Tom Wilkinson) from rolling through Comanche territory. Director Gore Verbinski engages in the same kind of myth-making that made the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise such a success, and he's aided enormously by Depp, who delivers yet another wonderfully quirky performance, and relative newcomer Armie Hammer who is perfectly cast as his clean-cut cowboy foil. Verbinski employs classic western vistas like Monument Valley to create a stunning backdrop for brilliantly staged action, helping to distract from a bloated midsection and Helena Bonham Carter's redundant turn as a one-legged madam. Once the iconic Rossini theme tune starts and a runaway train steams towards the finish, it all comes together as absolutely thrilling, top-flight escapism.

Summary

A lawyer is left for dead after an ambush in which his Texas ranger brother is killed, but is saved by a mysterious Native American fugitive. Concealing his identity behind a mask, he and his new ally hunt down the outlaws behind the attack - only to find their actions are just part of a larger evil scheme. Western, starring Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Cast & Crew

John Reid Armie Hammer
Tonto Johnny Depp
Red Harrington Helena Bonham Carter
Butch Cavendish William Fichtner
Latham Cole Tom Wilkinson
Rebecca Reid Ruth Wilson
Dan Reid James Badge Dale
Danny Bryant Prince
Director Gore Verbinski
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: WDSMP UKGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Aug 2013
Drama