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Cowboys & Aliens 2011

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From the director of Iron Man and starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, an unlikely posse rises against a force from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival.

Starring:
Daniel Craig, Abigail Spencer
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Western, Action
Director Jon Favreau
Starring Daniel Craig, Abigail Spencer
Supporting actors Buck Taylor, Matthew Taylor, Cooper Taylor, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, Chris Browning, Adam Beach, Sam Rockwell, Ana de la Reguera, Noah Ringer, Brian Duffy, Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine, Brendan Wayne, Gavin Grazer, Toby Huss, Wyatt Russell, Jimmy Jatho
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Joshua Lake on August 8, 2011
Format: DVD
You should watch this movie expecting a great check-your-brain-at-the-door flick, and it doesn't disappoint on that count. There are wild west gunfights, love interests, and aliens trying to take over the world -- what more could you ask for?

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.
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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.
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"Cowboys & Aliens" is a film with a simple plot with a few surprises. It takes place a few years after the Civil War and Harrison Ford is still complaining about the Union generals at Antietam, as well as having to deal with a spoiled, drunken son. Daniel Craig has amnesia and a strange bracelet clamped on his wrist. And Olivia Wilde is a beautiful, gun-toting woman who seems to know what's going on with Craig, as alien spacecraft start blowing up a town and the area's cowboys, and later robbers and Apaches. The film meanders along for quite some time, but heats up in the second half, as humans band together to try to save humanity from extinction.

"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.
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Harrison Ford sleep-walks through the movie and Daniel Craig comes across as King Glum. OK movie but more inconsequential than I thought it would be.
The whole alien thing was overly convoluted with the back story on Craig's character (ie the wrist band). I thought it would have more levity overall to save a lackluster plot. B movie at best.
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I liked the movie, but can only give it 3 stars because I thought the aliens were totally unrealistic. I know that they were designed to be a scary monster type alien, but that’s exactly why I thought it took away from the overall theme of the move. Why did the writers think they had to be so hideous? It would have been much more interesting if they were more like the Klingons in Star Trek. I grew up back in the 50s and 60s watching movies like the Blob, we need to get away from that type of alien and make them more realistic.
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The concept for this story is plausible: Earth is visited by aliens during the 19th century. That idea is intriguing to many who believe "they're out there" or they might be out there, and they've been here before... just waiting for our civilization to mature, or looking for some essential resource growing scarce on their home planet. So, we have a very unusual twist for a plot. But they blew it in the script and the screenplay.

Why, WHY did they have to create the extra-terrestrials as the trite, super-ugly, drooling, fanged MONSTERS that walk around like fast-paced gorillas? And why did they create their space vehicle as some ultra cumbersome looking thing that seems utterly unimaginable as something futuristic that might even fly? That whole part of this move completely degrades the other part where some very fine actors - Craig and Harrison - likely then in need of work, do quite well. In this day and age of almost anything possible with computer graphics and special effects, you'd think they'd create the aliens as more believable than the silly creatures they came up with. Great to frighten young teenagers, but sadly unbecoming of what could have been done with this side of the story.

Recall the first production of "War of the Worlds." There was far more sophistication there, so many years ago, on the alien side of things, than in this piece. Enough!

I don't recommend "Cowboys and Aliens" even at no cost except to watch with the kids on Halloween. See something with Ford and Craig that's much better. I give it three stars because I'm feeling generous.
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