When: Fri., July 29 2011
Area Theaters—Ironic that one of the summer's few non-remakes/ sequels/ adaptations actually has perhaps the most commercial pedigree out there—Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the leads, Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams producing, and Iron Man's Jon Favreau directing. (The script was also written in part by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and Transformers screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.) The origin of this project is a bit sketchy: Producer Scott Mitchell Rosenberg had already sold the pitch, but he jump-started development by having his story adapted into a low-priced graphic novel, which he then offered to comic shops at a discount and made returnable. As a result, the book was reported in periodicals such as Entertainment Weekly as a surprise No. 1 seller on the graphic novel best-seller list.
In fairness, this has been going on for decades; it even happened with the novel of True Grit back when the John Wayne version came out. Consequently, most people know more about the shady business practices that led to this movie being made than the film itself ... there's cowboys, there's aliens abducting them and some shooting happens. Also, Daniel Craig has a laser-thing on his arm. That's important, apparently. But look at it this way: It's a (relatively) original premise for a summer movie, competent people made it, and the alien ship-things look cool. Plus, Westerns are back! And admit it, you kind of want to find out how Daniel Craig got that laser-thing on his arm. See listings for showtimes. —Zack Smith