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Gore Verbinski

The Mexican – Gore Verbinski (2001)

  • comedy

Brad Pitt is amusing as goofy criminal for hire Jerry Welbach whose last assignments did not go as his boss had hoped. His last task will be to pick up an elaborate gun in Mexico, a country where Jerry had never been.

His girlfriend (Julia Roberts) is not amused and decides to visit Las Vegas without Jerry. Needless to say that in Mexico things do not go as planned. Jerry not only looses his contact, but also his rental car and the gun. There are more people after the gun and one group thinks it will help them if they kidnap Samantha (Roberts).

Mildly amusing dialogues, especially between Samantha and her kidnapper, mildly amusing situations. The story of the gun itself is woven through the rest of the film. The result is an alright comedy. I had hoped for a little more action though.

The Lone Ranger * Gore Verbinski (2013)

If you want some descent, Hollywood enterainment, “The Lone Ranger” is a good option. It looks like this is my first Verbinski/Depp film, but I felt like watching it anyway. Ironically the film mostly thrives on Depp, also in the media, but Depp is not the lone ranger from the title. As you probably heard, Depp plays an American Indian. Almost as a ghost, he helps the lone ranger from the title. Like with “Pirates of the Caribbean” (from which I did see flashes), “The Lone Ranger” is an adventure/action spectacle with a lot of humour, mostly because of the weird Johhny Depp.
I will not say too much about the story, but it plays in the Wild West and involved magnificent views of nature and of course cowboys, Indians and outlaws.
Entertaining and even a little pedantic, since the film shows how ‘progress’ and economic growth has no regard for the rights of indiginous peoples.