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5.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler-Free Review, July 28, 2011
This review is from: Cowboys & Aliens (DVD)
A man awakens in the desert to complete memory loss. The only clue to his past is a picture of a young woman and a metal contraption locked around his forearm. When he arrives in a nearby town of Absolution, trouble isn't far behind. But when strange lights from the sky arrive and begin shooting up the town and abducting its residents, the survivors decide to risk all to hunt the kidnappers and find their loved ones.

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. And the aliens are brutal and extremely powerful, but underestimate humans, so it's not a completely hopeless situation, nor silly. Both genres are treated with respect. Flawlessly blending Western action and gun-slinging with a high-tech alien invasion, this summer blockbuster is completely unique and altogether fantastic.
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Initial post: Jul 29, 2011 8:52:05 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2011 12:31:00 PM PDT
My first thought was: why Daniel Craig? Not that he isn't a fine actor and I did enjoy seeing a cowboy "post" as the horse trotted toward town, but don't we have many fine American actors that could have done the job equally well? Ford did the job for which he was hired, as did Craig. But I'm still stuck on why hire an English actor for the cowboy role. The support acting was very good although I'm also wondering what the hell was a kid doing on the rescue ride or how the dog wound up at the outlaw camp.

As for five stars...probably not. I enjoyed the movie but it isn't like I'm breathless with anticipation waiting for it to come out in video.

Posted on Aug 6, 2011 5:45:14 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2011 7:36:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 25, 2011 7:38:22 AM PDT
Just a side note to S.B. Dupre... the U.S. was made up of immigrants... and actually first settled by the British. So it doesn't seem preposterous to me that a cowboy would be British.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2011 5:39:22 PM PDT
I'm sure there were British, German, Austrailian etc cowboys. Craig, however, wasn't speaking with a British accent, but an American one. Therefore, they were passing him off as the typical American bred cowboy. Since that is the case, I just think they should have used an American actor.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2011 3:46:53 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2011 10:09:22 AM PDT
Says the guy who can't spell or construct a proper sentence.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011 11:27:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2011 11:32:31 AM PDT
((Our tax dollars at work-- no doubt! Unfortunately, it is m-o-r-e the norm
due to all those hand-held devices... communication {face-to-face} or via a
USPS hand-written {snail-mail} letter...lost. Many folks--under 24--cannot
even sign their name, nor, write a letter NOT in block-letters. Sad! That writer
doesn't even know--probably--that
THEIR
THEY'RE
THERE
are all different words.
And what a difference just proper punctuation makes!
She'll
Shell
We'll
Well
He'll
Hell
I'll
Ill.))
Good-bye!*
"Big Mac"
*=denotes a very old contraction for
"God be with ye!"

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 10:22:34 AM PST
Joseph Izzo says:
You mentioned my favorite thing about the aliens. They actually felt threatening. They were pretty bad a**.
Good review.

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 5:42:33 PM PDT
I really liked this movie; and it's a great concept.
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