Alright, I am not going to lie, the moment I heard Indiana Jones and James Bond would be in a movie together, I was sold. Well, fine, it’s not really Dr. Jones and Mr. Bond, but it is Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, in a movie directed by the on-top-of-the-world-right-now director of “Iron Man,” Jon Favreau. This immediately gets your typical fan or geek excited, especially since the movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel by the same name.
A few days ago, they released the one-sheet — or poster if you will — of the movie (at right) and the net went wild. The poster showed us a cowboy who wouldn’t seem out of place in the Wild West — as a matter of fact, it’s a perfect western poster — except for one hard to overlook item. This device is what suddenly changes the apparent photo of the past and hurls it past our own present and into a future we do not know. I am not saying this movie is set in the future, but the device is obviously not from a historical era.
Now, they have released the first teaser trailer (below),shedding more light on the subject for those who didn’t follow the graphic novel.
When the trailer begins, it quickly introduces us to the amnesiac Jake Lonergan (Craig), who awakes abruptly and is confused by the device I just discussed attached to his arm. He goes into what seems to be a weird town and it seems to be run by the rugged Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It also seems the colonel has it out for Jake and the confrontations between the characters entail a typical western plot, all the while we know something is going to happen. Right before the townsfolk eyes, everything is interrupted bright lights in the sky rapidly drawing near there town. Suddenly, they begin to attack from above with explosions and what appear to be tractor beams that levitate the people towards them. The folk run and hide, but some are taken.
The music for the trailer is well done, it is spellbinding and creepy. It gives you that feeling something is about to happen, and it has similar resonance to other famous movie themes I have heard before. Of course, this is just my opinion but I sensed a “Terminator II” kind of sound
I really find this to be a great plot since we always assume an extra terrestrial visit will happen in the present or the future. But what if humanity had faced an extremely hostile and scientifically advanced invader back in our less technically-advanced past?
The cast is spectacular, and I could not be more thrilled with these choices as I have already pointed out. Daniel Craig is the personification of cool to me. And that is one of the requirements I demand from my James Bond. I mean, I think if you were to grab the 1962 Sean Connery and drop him in the middle of Time Square today, he would still be the coolest guy on the block, and that’s almost 50 years ago. Craig has won the hearts of Bond fans all around the world. I have even asked my British and UK friends how they felt about him and they could not be happier with this amazing actor. So seeing him in the role of a cowboy is extremely interesting to me. Also, I wonder if he will have a British accent. In this trailer, it is not 100 percent clear. Harrison Ford is a long-time hero of mine and I have been following his movie career my entire life. This is just another addition to his deep-pocketed repertoire. He is no stranger to sci-fi, but this in my opinion is different to anything he has ever done.
With Favreau as the director, we are also in for a great treat. He knows how to direct his characters and play with their strengths. So, check out the trailer and sound off with your thoughts.
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