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Entertaining Though Not Really Unique as the Title Suggests,
This review is from: Cowboys & Aliens (DVD)
The film's title says it all ... well, most of it. Set in 1873 Arizona, "Cowboys & Aliens" is about cowboys and aliens, or more precisely, about cowboys determined to rescue the townspeople from aliens. Based on a 2006 comic by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, a big-budget genre crossover (co-executive produced by Steven Spielberg) has two big names Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford (credited in this order).
Harrison Ford's character, an influential, iron-fisted cattleman Woodrow Dolarhyde, sets out to save his spoiled son Percy (Paul Dano) from monster-like creatures. Also, there is another cowboy in "Cowboys & Aliens," Daniel Craig's lone cowboy with no memories of his past. He is a stranger in the small town of Absolution, where Dolarhyde virtually rules. Craig's role, reminiscent of young Clint Eastwood, is slightly bigger than Ford's. Ella, a mysterious woman played by Olivia Wilde, seems interested in this amnesiac gunman.
Part of the story reminds us of a John Ford classic "The Searchers," and "Cowboys & Aliens" looks more like a western movie with sci-fi treatment, than a sci-fi film with a western twist. Director Jon Favreau, known for the "Iron Man" films, takes the idea of blending two genres seriously, and in "Cowboys & Aliens" he plays it very straight.
While it works to some extent, "Cowboys & Aliens" suffers from the weak storyline and underwritten characters. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford do their best, but their characters remain one dimensional. Supporting actors include Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell and Keith Carradine, but they don't have much to do. Special effects are decent, but not really special. Action scenes are reasonably entertaining, but not very imaginative.
"Cowboys & Aliens" is fairly entertaining movie, but considering the unique concept and the talented players involved in the project, this is a little disappointing.