A crash landing leaves Kitai Raige and his father Cypher stranded on Earth, a millennium after events forced humanity's escape. With Cypher injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help.
Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. Written by
Chris Turner <email@example.com> and J. Kyle
According to screenwriters S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, their original script was changed completely with the exception of the overall plot. The duo, who have worked on several films together, claimed their heavily rewritten by Jeffrey Price and Peter S. Seaman, with further rewrites by an uncredited Jim Kouf, in order to add several new elements. Entire sequences, such as the water tower action scene and the entire last 30 minutes, as well as most of the dialog, were new. Wilson and Braddock tried to get their names taken off from the film after seeing the final product, and they have since refused to work with a major studio because of they backlash they received "for a script we didn't create". See more »
When Gordon and West jump into the ravine and land in the mud, West's magnetic collar is almost completely covered with mud. In the next shot, the collars are completely clean, yet their clothes are still covered. See more »
Dr. Arliss Loveless:
Gentlemen, I am truly impressed by your effort and ingenuity. Why not swear an oath of loyalty to me, and forgo your executions?
Capt. James West:
Actually, I was thinking I'd stuff your little half-an-ass into one of these cannons and fertilize the landscape with ya.
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Two hours of your life that you will never get back
I generally avoid paying full price for first-run movie tickets because of this sort of drivel. Unfortunately, I let some friends talk me into making an exception, and I actually sat through this clunker. It was a hot July day, and the theater was well air-conditioned, which is all that prevented this experience from being a total waste of money.
An awful lot of acting talent was just thrown away in this movie. Will Smith can actually act, at least a little - see "Six Degrees Of Separation" for an example - but here he just plays "The Fresh Prince Wears A Cowboy Hat," which is probably all that's expected of him these days. Kevin Kline can be wonderfully goofy - see "A Fish Called Wanda" - or, if the script is bad enough, he can be the boring, two-dimensional caricature he is in this movie. Salma Hayek was great in "Fools Rush In," but in this movie, her big scene is showing the camera her naked butt. I'm not making this up. Why did she even agree to be a part of this train wreck? Strangely enough, Kenneth Branagh is in this movie (slumming I guess), filling his evil nemesis role out as well as can be expected - easily the best of a bunch of pretty weak performances. M Emmet Walsh plays a part so tiny that an extra could have done it.
This is a standard Hollywood mismatched-cop-partners/action movie at heart, but it can't even fill out that tired old formula worth a darn. The plots in movies of this kind are rarely worth discussing - rest assured that this one lives up to that standard, at least. The formula seems like it must be easy to get right - beat up a bad guy, make a smart remark, beat up another bad guy, etc, ad infinitum. But the fights should be exciting, and the one-liners should be funny. They aren't. It was painful to see a full theater unanimously refuse to even snicker at a jokes that the movie makers obviously thought would get belly laughs. According to the formula, the mismatched cop partners should eventually take a believable shine to each other, but these characters lack enough depth to have any chemistry at all.
My friends and I all enjoyed other movies of this sort when done properly (Lethal Weapon) and other Will Smith movies (The Fresh Prince Saves The Planet - uh, I mean Men In Black). Yet we all agreed that this stunk. I want my money back.
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