Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this action-packed sci-fi western from the director of Iron Man (Jon Favreau) that critics call “wickedly original, unlike anything you’ve ever seen” (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV Houston, TX). A stranger (Craig) stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella (Olivia Wilde) and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford), he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival. Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, Ana de la Reguera Directed by: Jon FavreauCowboys & Aliens fuses rip-snortin’ horse opera with some whiz-bang sci-fi, melding dry and austere badlands with slimy, mucusy aliens. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig, of James Bond fame) wakes up
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I’m not going to go into a lot of details of the movie – other reviews have done that. I will just say that this was a very enjoyable summer movie! The dialog wasn’t bad, there was a lot of action, Ford and Craig played well off each other. Craig especially did a good job of playing the hard-bitten cowboy. It may not win any Emmys, but it was really fun to watch! I for one thought there was plenty of action to keep your attention fixed -( and if you’re one of those reviewers who said you were falling asleep during this movie, I’d suggest the problem lies with you, not the movie. Perhaps you need more sleep, or better taste in movies)
I don’t know why the nay sayers didn’t like it, or exactly what they were expecting – but I for one would recommend this movie as a good family movie for the summer.
“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.