Cowboys and Aliens

Posted: August 3, 2011 by TME (thats my e) in Reviews
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By Chris Sweda

Release Date: July 29, 2011

Studio: Universal Pictures

Director: Jon Favreau

Screenwriter: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera, Abigail Spencer

Genre: Action, Thriller

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference)

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The year is 1873 and the place is Arizona. A loner by the name of Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution, where he learns that he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people; including Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) who rules the town with an iron fist. Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when alien spaceships attack the town. While his shackle holds the key to defeating the aliens, Lonergan must ally with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against the invaders.

Cowboys and aliens is a little like a Picasso; even though it seems like the story is all over the place, it is a true masterpiece to behold. Cowboys and aliens has an all-star cast that make up part of the painting, with Daniel Craig playing the main character, a stranger with no memory of his past and Harrison Ford playing the true grit cowboy Woodrow Dolarhyde. Both these actors give great performances . Cowboys and aliens is a true western with a sci-fi twist. The best way for me to describe it is the good guy is the outlaw and the bad guy with the curly mustache is a bad guy.

Favreau’s Picasso has you go from action to a flashback to a plot point to a flashback. If you don’t want to get left behind, you really need to pay attention to the action so you know what is going on . There are many shifts in the story that it may take watching it a couple of times to really get it. Favreau also captures the old style and set designs in the old spaghetti western films. Most of the younger generation would not really get it but those of us who were around when those types of movies were classics, will understand the direction he took .

In the end, I love cowboys and aliens but I have to give it a matinee/ rental. The reason for this rating is because the movie has more of a western feel and I think this will lose audiences due to the fact that not a lot of people go to see these type of movies anymore.

Here are some other movies you might like:

True Grit, The Warrior’s Way, Rango, wild wild west,


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