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A stranger 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 and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, 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.
This film is actually (generously speaking) retarded. Makes no sense and I was lost after 20 minutes, it got me in a knot that I never seemed to get out of until the end credits. For those who have watched this, try and answer these questions?
Why are there aliens?
Why is there a boat randomly in the desert?
Why does Lonergan have a arm brace that kills aliens?
Why are the aliens on Earth?
Why do the Aliens want gold, of all things?
Why is that alien women Ella Swenson relevant to anything? |
Though it suffers from an overreliance on genre-related noise rather than story, Jon Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens" is an entertaining genre mash-up. An engaging mix of science fiction and Western conventions, the film is a quick-moving, loud cinematic adventure that appeals despite its lack of thoughtfulness.
Taking place somewhere in the old west, "Cowboys & Aliens" finds Daniel Craig, Olivia Munn, Harrison Ford, and Sam Rockwell squaring off against alien invaders. Though the invaders' agenda is never clear, they are a threat to both the villains and heroes of the film's dusty landscape.
Favreau fills his frames with energy and personality, but the story does his direction no favors. Mythology is muted, and the narrative focus, though supplying some nice character beats,…
Favreau knows how to to better and he certainly has, so I'm just sweaping this under the rug, pretending it doesn't exist.
I will admit that I saw this on a plane, so maybe I've marked it half a star lower than I should, but still... There's just no excuse for a movie to be so dumb and pointless. This must have been inspired by the Snakes on a Plane team. Just so dumb.
To summarize: a too-cool-to-be-true cowboy (Daniel "James Bond" Craig, no less!!) wakes up with no memory, and some inexplicable alien weaponry attached to his hand. He's a stranger in a strange land, etc, etc. there are bad guys and really bad guys. The twist comes soon enough. There are some really really bad guys from outer space. They are super warriors and they can't be stopped. They're here…
Jon Favreau made his name firstly as an actor before stepping behind the camera to deliver some interestingly diverse films that started small with Made, a film he also wrote the screenplay for. He moved up a notch with the hilarious Elf, before a blip with Zathura saw him helm the first two Iron Man films. This came next, with a big budget, a starry cast, and more CGI than you could shake a stick at.
Cowboys & Aliens is a bit of a mess if truth be told. A New Mexico set Western/Science Fiction flick that starts intriguingly enough with some tough-guy bravado from Daniel Craig's mysterious stranger who turns up minus his memory in a pokey cattle-town. He's injured,…
It was alright, but not amazing. I kept thinking about "True Grit" while watching this movie, which probably didn't help.
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First time seeing this since seeing it in the cinema.
It's quite bad.
Predictable, awkward editing. Alien design was nothing new.
The only redeeming part was in the final scene, when Harrison Ford shakes Daniel Craig's hand and says "I guess we truly were cowboys & aliens" and winks at the camera. Didn't see that coming.
The only question is, why did I just watch this?
An absolute masterpiece of the genre known as "clusterfuck but relatively fun".
It's absurd how much talent is involved both behind and in front of the camera - and how truly an aimless narrative existing purely to stitch together setpieces can waste it all.
All the stranger, at times it feels like the narrative WAS trying for more - an apache gets re-united with his tribe, a former gang leader tries to make right, a boy learns through war to be a man, the weird alien mythology seems to have a little substance but chooses to explore none of it.
But why this? Why this specific story? Why thes characters? Why this design of alien? Why 134 minutes? Its just a collection of things that should be good that ultimately isnt.
The Western backdrop added little if anything to this rather generic alien invasion film. That being said, I like it when they try. To fusion something else with a Western, that is. Exit Humanity is one example, Bone Tomahawk another. Those two added horror to the mix, and then of course there are - lots - of comedy attempts. Personally I look forward to HBO's Westworld.
It's amazing how this title really just spells it all out for ya. 'Cowboys & Aliens & That's About It'
Cowboys & Yawns
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