The titular juxtaposition portends an unfortunate stylistic clash first born at the crowded writers table. Lost
creator Damon Lindelof's penchant for character development over narrative symmetry meets Transformers
/ Star Trek
scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman's outlook that characters are mere window dressing for visual razzle-dazzle. The dissatisfying result is a rather passé alien invasion flick populated by Old West archetypes that you end up caring less about the longer you're around them. Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man
) uses the opening 20 minutes to introduce an engaging Western tableau, as an amnesic Man With No Name (Daniel Craig) with a laser gun mysteriously strapped to his wrist wanders across a town run by cattle baron and ex-Army colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). Their mounting conflict, along with the thin plot intrigue, evaporates as soon as the alien abductions begin. From there, it's a meandering rescue mission punctuated by action sequences that pause frequently mid-battle for cloying moments of redemption. Favreau gets trapped between embracing the story's dark elements and preserving a popcorn-munching crowd-pleaser. Ultimately, he accomplishes neither.