Cowboys & Aliens [Blu-ray]
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Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde are residents of an old western town attacked by what a local preacher calls "demons." Those demons -- what we call aliens -- pillage and plunder, terrifying the locals and motivating them to drop old rivalries to defeat the new threat.
The plot is simple, although it has a couple unexpected twists. You won't walk away with your mind blown, but you also will have enjoyed the show. The aliens are designed well, the characters are intriguing, and the plot has just enough mystery to keep you interested. This movie won't likely be winning any Oscars, but it's a fun film.
Daniel Craig plays the amnesiac who comes to be known as Jake Lonergan. Craig is a stoic, hard man with a soft heart. When his past is revealed it's a bit of a shock, since it seemed to be against his nature. Harrison Ford also stars as Woodrow Dolarhyde, a tough war veteran, now rich and feared by the town and his employees. Sam Rockwell is Doc, a saloon owner who tries to toughen up to save his wife from abduction. And Olivia Wilde is the mysterious and beautiful Ella who seems to know something about Jake. The acting is solid and believable. Each character stands out and made the film worth watching.
The characters and their stories are really what made the film. While the men had rough and tough exteriors, there was still plenty of heart. The feel was definitely a Western meets Alien, with plenty of violence and intense suspense and action. Clever one-liners throughout gave the film some much-needed laughs and light-hearted moments. Fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat excitement from beginning to end, Cowboys & Aliens certainly lives up to the hype.
The story is only roughly based on the original graphic novel. This is a different story, yet still has riveting characters, a mystery, and non-stop adventure. This was the film I was looking forward to most this summer. And I'm happy to say I wasn't disappointed. The Old West setting was charming yet gritty.Read more ›
"Cowboys & Aliens" has some good action sequences and photography, and the aliens are ugly and scary. The main actors all do a good job, as does Keith Carradine as a sheriff and Sam Rockwell as a non-violent saloon owner who learns to shoot a rifle.
All in all, this is a well-made film, which is generally entertaining, especially in its latter stages. Three and one-half stars.
The title gives you the main plot. Aliens encounter Earthlings, but they don't do it in the modern era, but back 125 years ago, perhaps 20 years after the Civil War. And why not? Do aliens wait until the present time to decide to take a side trip to good ole Earth?
Playing as a straight Western, which is where most of the movie is set, Cowboys and Aliens is a pretty darn good one. Based upon a graphic novel (fancy comic book), C&A has a great look. It's dirty and dusty, and the small, dying Western town looks just right. Cinematographer Matthew Libatique uses the New Mexico locations to his advantage here. The rugged landscape is forbidding, stark, and desolate.
The plot as a Western isn't terribly original, but it's a decent one. There are good guys in the town, and bad guys, with a ne're-do-well son of the town's richest citizen making trouble as they just seem wont to do.
Then, the aliens show up.
The special effects, some of which are done by Industrial Light and Magic, and as good as you'd expect (although why do aliens always have to be so complex looking? They ooze mucus, they have body parts which open up and reveal surprises, and they just don't look as streamlined as, say, humans do.). Anyway, the special effects are excellent, the flying craft excellent, and the explosions are very well done.
Over all, the film gets four-and-a-half stars. Harrison Ford is looking as craggy as he ages nicely. Daniel Craig is as tough as they come, and Olivia Wilde (best known as one of the docs from 'House') is pretty, thin, and angular as you remember.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started to see it on TV. But I did not see the beginning. So I had to see it all. I must of thought it was a good movie because
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Most people would probably expect this to be a total turkey. It's actually pretty good, in its way. Read morePublished 12 days ago by E. Allen
The movie wasn't to bad.
I was expecting a lot there ridiculous alien movie but it was actually pretty decent
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I bought this Blu the week it came out. During playback, occasionally the video speeds up momentarily, throwing the audio out of sync. It will stay that way until I pause and unpause, and then it will take a few seconds (3-8) to sync up again before resuming playback. This is on a Samsung 1590... Read More
Feb 22, 2012 by Ed Seith | See all 16 posts
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Thank you for posting this info. I actually think Ultraviolet is a good idea, but I also like having an iTunes copy.
Dec 5, 2011 by JMM | See all 5 posts
Just saw the Target Ad. Find the link and then use the 'Tell us about a lower price' link towards the bottom of the product page. I will be cancelling my order if they don't match it soon.
Dec 4, 2011 by N. Thomas | See all 5 posts
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