Less than I thought, but still fairly impressive.
Cowboys & Aliens
First Contact. Last Stand.
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.
Unfortunately for me I chose to watch the extended version! 2 hours and 16 minutes wasted on pure unadulterated bull twaddle!
They threw everything against the wall to see what would stick, the end result was an ugly contrived, convoluted mess!
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? |
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…
I feel like I should be applauding the iota of originality that this Hollywood movie rides in to town with. Instead I'm left ruing, considering the premise, what could have been and longing to watch all of Firefly again.
Cowboys & Aliens is as ridiculous as it sounds its throughly messy and all over the place with cheap looking aliens and unlikeable characters but at least the film was led by James Bond and Indiana Jones.
7th film for the year. Wasn't impressed though with this one. Giving it 6/10 rating.
Definitely very unusual idea - to make science fiction Western - and to still have people taking you seriously... I did not expect too much from this movie directed by Jon Favreau and starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. Story revolves around an amnesiac outlaw (Craig), a wealthy cattleman (Ford), and a mysterious traveller (Wilde) who must ally to save a group of townspeople abducted by aliens. It takes a lot of imagination to write a screenplay like this one written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Mark Fergus, and Hawk Ostby - and I have to say, I liked the craziness! Cowboys and aliens are unimaginable for most of us but they somehow managed to "work" in this movie!
This positive review is a reward for the determination by everyone involved to play every single thing straight. And do not expect too much out of this... watch it and enjoy the silly concept!
Count me among those few who actually enjoyed this film quite a bit. Daniel Craig fit right in with the Western genre, and Harrison Ford was really interesting as the tough guy, almost-villain. The fact that the aliens weren’t further developed was probably for the best, really, as keeping things simple isn’t a bad idea when your premise is this silly. Everyone seems to have wanted this film to be something it wasn’t; can’t movies just be silly and fun anymore? My only real complaint is that the last battle seemed to drag on for a bit too long. Otherwise, I enjoyed it, and that seems like all this film was going for.
Generic shit + Bonds + pensionēts Hans Solo
Daniel Craig is soo badly miscast, its hilarious. Craig never do a southern accent again.
I watched this film as I've been meaning to do it ever since I saw the trailer for it ages ago and I like cowboy films and I like Daniel Craig.
Very disappointed with this film. It could have been so much better and to be honest Daniel Craig is pretty bad in it. His only good parts being when he's punching people in the face. The fight scenes were pretty good, there just weren't enough of them. The supporting cast were nothing special either. The aliens were quite well done but I would like to have seen more of them. I can't say the film was good so unless you're a die hard Daniel Craig fan I wouldn't bother watching it.
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