#21 Movie Review: The Lone Ranger ❤

Took few days off to spend some quality time with my family and at the same time celebrating my beloved bro's birthday on Thursday! Happy belated birthday bro by the way! =)

Anyway thank you Nuffnang for the movie invites to watch The Lone Ranger.

At a 1933 fair in San Francisco, a young boy, Will, who idolizes a legend known as the Lone Ranger, encounters a mannequin that is revealed to be a real native American named Tonto, an elderly Comanche, who recalls his experiences with The Lone Ranger.

In Colby, Texas on March 18, 1869, lawyer John Reid returns home via the uncompleted Transcontinental Railroad, managed by railroad tycoon Latham Cole. Unknown to Reid, the train is also carrying Tonto and outlaw Butch Cavendish, who is being transported for his hanging after being captured by Dan Reid, John's Texas Ranger brother. Cavendish's gang rescue Butch and hijacks the train, which derails. Tonto is jailed, Dan deputizes John as a Texas Ranger, and with six others they go after the Cavendish gang.

A few days later, Cavendish's men ambush and kill their pursuers in a canyon and Cavendish cuts out and eats Dan's heart. Tonto (who has mysteriously escaped from jail) comes across the dead men and buries them, but Silver, a white spirit horse, awakens John as a "spirit walker" (one who has been to the other side) and Tonto explains John cannot be killed in battle. Tonto also confirms that Collins (one of the Rangers) betrayed Dan and is working with Cavendish. As John is thought to be dead, he wears a mask to protect his identity from enemies. Tonto also gives John a silver bullet made from the fallen Rangers' badges and tells him to use it on Cavendish.

At a brothel Collins recently visited, Red Harrington informs them about Dan and Collins' fight over a cursed silver rock. Meanwhile, Cavendish's men, disguised as Comanches, raid settlements near the Comanche-American border. John and Tonto arrive after raiders abduct Danny and Rebecca Reid, Dan's son and widow (who shares an attraction with John). Regretting his earlier actions, Collins attempts to help Rebecca and Danny escape but is shot dead by Cole, who rescues them.

Claiming the raiders are hostile Comanches, Cole announces the continued construction of the railroad and dispatches Captain Jay Fuller, who leads the United States Cavalry, to exterminate the Comanche. A Comanche tribe captures John and Tonto soon after the pair finds railroad tracks in Indian territory. The tribe leader tells John of Tonto's past: as a boy, Tonto had rescued Cavendish and Cole from near-death and showed them the location of a silver mine, in exchange for a pocket watch. The men murdered the tribe to keep the mine a secret, leaving Tonto with great guilt.

Tonto and John escape as the cavalry attack the Comanche. At the silver mine, they capture Cavendish. Tonto demands that John use the silver bullet to kill Cavendish, but John refuses. Tonto attempts to kill Cavendish, but John knocks him unconscious and brings in Cavendish alive. Upon returning Cavendish to Cole and Fuller's custody, Cole's role in the silver mining operation is revealed. Fearing that if his actions are publicly revealed he'll be charged as a war criminal, Fuller sides with Cole. Rebecca is held hostage, and John is taken back to the silver mine to be executed. 

However, Tonto rescues him and the two flee as the Comanche attack and are massacred by the cavalry. Realizing that Cole is too powerful to be taken down lawfully, John dons the mask again. At the site of the union of the Transcontinental Railroad, Cole reveals his true plan: to take complete control of the railroad company and use the mined silver to gain more power. John and Tonto steal a load of nitroglycerin and use it to destroy a railroad bridge. With Red's help, Tonto steals the train with the silver, and Cole, Cavendish and Fuller pursue him in a second train on which Rebecca and Dan Jr. are being held captive. Riding Silver, John pursues both trains. After a furious chase and fights on both trains, both Cavendish and Fuller are killed, Rebecca and Dan Jr. are rescued and Cole dies buried beneath the silver ore after the train plunges off the severed bridge and into the river below.

The town and railroad enterprise recognize John (whose identity is still unknown to them) as a hero and offer him a law-enforcement position. John declines, and he and Tonto ride off. Back in 1933, Will questions the truth of the tale. Tonto gives him a silver bullet and tells him to decide for himself.

I find that the story line is quite lengthy. A bit boring during the front scenes but the later part becomes more interesting where Lone Ranger and Tonto cooperate among each other to rescue people.

Rate of the movie: 3.5/5

P/s: Officially ended my family vacation today. Will be going back tomorrow. How time flies! =( 

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