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Review: Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and AliensA spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau

Writers: Roberto Orci , Alex Kurtzman

Staring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

 

 

 

 

 

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One Review for “Review: Cowboys and Aliens”

  1. Martin Murray says:

    I could just imagine the pitch on this film, “Aliens invade the old west and the cowboys save the day.” Sounds good in an almost comical sense, right? Well, it isn’t.
    As much as I wanted to like this movie, I just couldn’t. The premise is completely ridiculous. Humans in the 21st Century couldn’t defeat an alien culture as far as advanced as those in this film, even with all of our WMD. But, a band of Cowboys and Indians take them on and succeed with a lot less in sophisticated weaponry.
    The film opens when our hero or should I say anti-hero, Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of the desert with a strange wristband attached to his wrist. He can’t get it off, plain and simple. Eventually we learn that Mr. Lonergan is one of the most wanted men in the area. By his physical prowess and fighting ability we get the feeling that Lonergan is a 19th Century James Bond. Wow, what a coincidence, Daniel Craig is the actual James Bond.
    As the film continues we learn that our human friends are being snatched up by aliens from another planet. It is up to Lonergan and a group of local townies, including the local Indian tribe and Lonergan’s gang of hoodlums and the venerable Harrison Ford playing an aging land baron, to bring down the aliens. They are joined in their pursuit by the beautiful Abigail Spencer portraying Alice, another local yokel with a secret.
    Over the course of the film, we discover that the wristband is what gives the Cowboys the edge over the aliens. It contains powers that equate to our WMD. But, how did Lonergan come up with the wristband and what is the secret behind the mysterious Alice? Only watching the film will tell.
    Jon Favreau does the best he can directing with what is just simply a ridiculous premise and storyline. I simply could not suspend disbelief enough to enjoy this film. In fact, parts of it were simply laughable. Even with the premise, Favreau gets some credible performances from his stars, including what is possibly a star making performance by Abigail Spencer.
    The special effects are as good as can be expected from a major studio tent pole and they should be commended. The same can also be said for all of the production values.
    What I simple cannot understand is how a large group of producers (16) and an equally large group of writers (eight credited if you can believe) couldn’t come up with something better than this. I guess the large mass of people involved just showed how much work was put in to save the project. Maybe they shouldn’t have.
    From a moral stand point, there is not much one way or the other. It is does not denigrate the right or glorify the left. It is just harmless, albeit violent fun; if it could only have been better.

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