On 9 December the American western action film the Lone Ranger is released on DVD. produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski. IT is Based on the radio series of the same name, the film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, the narrator of the events, and Armie Hammer as John Reid (The Lone Ranger). It relates Tonto’s memories of the duo’s earliest efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt and bring justice in the American Old West. William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson, James Badge Dale, Tom Wilkinson and Helena Bonham Carter also are featured in supporting roles. The film marks the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger and Tonto characters in more than 32 years.
The Lone Ranger is so named because the character is the last survivor of a group of Texas Rangers, rather than because he works alone (as he is usually accompanied by Tonto).While details differ, the basic story of the origin of the Lone Ranger is the same in most versions of the franchise. A posse of six members of the Texas Ranger Division pursuing a band of outlaws led by Bartholomew”Butch” Cavendish is betrayed by a civilian guide named Collins and ambushed in a canyon named Bryant’s Gap. Later, an Indian named Tonto stumbles onto the scene and discovers one ranger is still alive, though barely. (In some versions, Tonto recognizes the lone survivor as the man who saved his life when they were children; according to the television series, when Tonto left the Reid place with a horse given him by the boy Reid, he gave Reid a ring and the name Kemo Sabe, which he said means “trusty scout”. He nurses the man, whom the radio show eventually established as being named John Reid, back to health. Among the Rangers, killed was John’s older brother, Daniel Reid, who was a captain in the Texas Rangers and the leader of the ambushed group. John Reid fashions a black domino mask, using material from his brother’s vest to conceal his identity. To aid in the deception, Tonto digs a sixth grave and places at its head a cross with John’s name so that Cavendish and his gang would believe that all of the Rangers had been killed.
The latest film version starts in a San Francisco fair in 1933, where a boy, Will, who idolizes a legend known as the Lone Ranger, encounters Tonto, an elderly Comanche Native American Indian, who proceeds to recount his experiences with the Old West adventurer. ln 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 rescues Butch and derails the train. Tonto is jailed and Dan deputizes John as a Texas Ranger, and with six others, they go after the Cavendish gang.Cavendish’s men ambush and kill their pursuers in a canyon and Cavendish cuts out and eats Dan’s heart. Tonto, who has escaped from jail, comes across the dead men and buries them. However, a white spirit horse awakens John as a “spirit walker”, and Tonto explains John cannot be killed in battle.
Tonto also tells him 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 his enemies. 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 frontier settlements. John and Tonto arrive after raiders abduct Dan’s widow and son, Rebecca and Danny. Collins attempts to help Rebecca and Danny escape but is shot dead by Cole,. Claiming the raiders are hostile Comanches, Cole announces the continued construction of the railroad and dispatches United States Cavalry Captain Jay Fuller to exterminate the Comanche.AComanche tribe captures John and Tonto The tribe leader tells John how 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, So he vows to find and kill them both.
Tonto and John escape as the cavalry attack the Comanche. At the silver mine, they capture Cavendish after killing his men. Tonto demands that John use the silver bullet to kill Cavendish, but John refuses and tells Tonto what the Comanche chief told him. 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 and Danny are 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 rob a bank to steal 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 Danny are being held captive. Riding the horse, John pursues both trains. After a furious chase and fights on both trains, Cavendish is killed while Fuller jumps off the train and Rebecca and Danny are rescued. Tonto sconfronts Cole and reveals himself by returning the watch he traded years ago, leaving Cole to drown buried beneath the silver ore after the train plunges off the severed bridge 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 rides off with Tonto. .