Friday, July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Alien - Movie Review

Who doesn't like a good old Western film, with cowboys, indians and...aliens? What?! Cowboys & Aliens is just that, the newest film directed by Jon Favreau starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. It's the 1980's and Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the desert with no memories of his past or who he is. All he has is a strange shackle around his wrist and a photo of a woman. He goes to the town of Absolution that is run by cattle owner Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) where he soon finds out he is a wanted criminal. A mysterious woman, Ella (Olivia Wilde), seems to know who he is and what he went through but she won't say a thing. When alien spacecrafts fly into town and abducts many of the townsfolk, including the colonel's son, Jake discovers the object clamped onto his wrist is the only successful weapon that will take down the aliens. Jake, Colonel Dolarhyde and the townspeople join forces with bandits and Indians to bring down the aliens and rescue their friends and family.

Cowboys and Aliens? Come on! There was no real plot at all and you never really fully know what is going on. There's always such a thin line between who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Wait until you find out who Olivia Wilde's character actually is - how can they accept it so calmly? Things are never fully explained. There are the makings of a good western movie - the stranger in town, hold ups, Indians, but when you add in the aliens...The aliens have really great detail, though they looked pretty silly to me. There's some good acting with Ford and Craig but there isn't that much else to this movie. I must say though, Daniel Craig does make a good cowboy (better than a James Bond)! Some explosions, lots of shooting, go see this movie for the visual effects but don't expect much of a storyline - you'll be leaving the theatre with lots of questions.

Cowboys & Aliens comes out in theatres today, July 29th.

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