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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.
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 can't exactly put my finger on why this film doesn't work. The direction is excellent. It's looks great. The design and sets are brilliant. Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano are great. Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde do what is required of them. The script has a cowboy yet sci-fi feel. It just doesn't fit together at all and the only feeling I found was one in my bowels asking me why...once again... I had invested time in this. I didn't even particularly enjoy it. I just appreciated the pieces but grew saddened when I realised just how much they don't fit together.
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.
I seriously hope the purpose of this movie was money laundry.
Not bad for a movie with this type of plot
Olivia Wilde <3
"What the hell?"
Favreau no lo hace mal, pero esta película requería a JJ Abrams. Aunque, eso sí, con Kurtzman y Orci fuera.
The plot is full of holes and unanswered questions (but really, should we have expected any different with Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof at the script?) but all of that is insignificant in the long run when it's full of fun enjoyable characters and a rousing western chase.
Many people complained that the film isn't silly enough and didn't take full advantage of its sci-fi aspects. For me the movie worked precisely because it's basically a straight-up western that happens to have aliens in it. Above everything else it might be, it isn't boring. It's the better end of popcorn fare and really nothing more.
I came for cowboys and aliens and, damn it, I got cowboys and aliens!
Take this film for what it is. An action adventure popcorn movie with a fun genre mix. I saw the extended version so I can't speak to what scenes weren't necessary but at over 2 hours, this film definitely overstays its welcome. Cowboys are forced to go hunting aliens after most of their town is captured and the only man who can help is an amnesiac drifter with a piece of alien tech on his wrist. Good concept. Not good enough for 2 hours and 15 minutes of it. Especially when you have Harrison Ford pretending too hard, Daniel Craig being a gruff alpha male with a tragic backstory, and Olivia Wilde once again being the only female in the…
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Very, very silly but enjoyable enough.
Mashup of the Western & sci-fi genres, in which a stranger wanders into a small frontier town with a strange electronic gauntlet on his wrist... and no memory of who he is, where he came from or how he got the gizmo. Cattle mutilations and alien abductions soon follow and the townsfolk must band together to save their stolen "kin" from becoming alien chow.
Could've used a bit more humor but Daniel Craig is good as the mysterious hero and Harrison Ford is great as a scuzzy cattle baron.
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