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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,…
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,…
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…
Favreau knows how to to better and he certainly has, so I'm just sweaping this under the rug, pretending it doesn't exist.
Cowboys & Aliens is a genre mashup to the extreme, but it works because both genres, especially the western are respected. At its most basic level, Cowboys & Aliens is a fun action film that doesn't go for overkill in the special effects department and is made by people who appreciate the two genres they are mashing up.
Nothing happens. I would say that this was the biggest disappointment of summer 2011, but I had already begun to worry after seeing the trailer. I will add that Harrison Ford is pretty good, even if a little bit crotchety. (How come he's always the crotchety old guy these days? Why can't he pick roles in any good films?) Oh, and Paul Dano is awful. Really awful.
Una película en la que los machos son muy machos porque se pegan puñetazos en lugar de tener diálogos y no necesitan ayuda de nadie para tomar decisiones por su cuenta incluso cuando es evidente que le iría mucho mejor con ayuda. Una película tan de machos que solo hay tres personajes femeninos: Interés romántico #1, Interés romántico #2 e Interés romántico del Secundario Cómico. Una película tan de machos que el arco del Secundario Cómico consiste en que no es lo bastante HOMBRE porque no sabe disparar un rifle. En definitiva, una película que cree que hacer personajes masculinos fuertes y atractivos consiste en que los actores aprieten mucho los dientes y se suelten guantazos con relativa frecuencia.
Lets put aside all the other problems with this movie and focus on the main one.
If the film didn't already lose you, then it will at about one hour and thirteen minutes when the aliens are explained. They are kidnapping humans to study them in order to find our weaknesses to ultimately take our gold.
I get it. I do. You have regular folk, criminals, and Native Americans who are brought together by a common enemy who is there for the very thing that divides them (gold). They also represent the situation in the Old West between Europeans and Native Americans. Fine.
However, we are shown that these aliens can easily mow down humans in hand-to-hand combat, take getting…
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this fab sci-fi western.
Generic directing by Favreau and predictable script prevent C&A from achieving the greatness its title sugests. It's not even good, actually.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This is definitely, without a doubt, the absolute best movie about cowboys and aliens that I have ever seen (unfortunately I can't count 'Serenity', since that film does not contain actual aliens) that makes it no.1 on a list of 1.
When I hit play on this one I was rooting for it, there's a deep dark piece of me that adores schlock and I'm totally onboard with smirking my way through a dumb premise as long as the payoff is a few laughs or an interesting observation or two. Unfortunately 'Cowboys & Aliens' takes itself absolutely seriously as both a western and a sci-fi horror film, and hits all the worst cliches of both genres. The aliens are gross, slimy…
Eins vorneweg: Der ultimative Genremix zwischen Science-Fiction und Western existiert bereits und heißt „Firefly“. Trotzdem freut man sich ja wieder über jeden Versuch mit geladenem Colt und staubigen Stiefeln ein Raumschiff zu betreten :-) Daniel Craig im Wilden Westen zuzuschauen – das alleine macht schon richtig Spaß, vor allem an der Seite von Harrison Ford. Am Ende fehlt diesem sehr gut fotografierten und kurzweiligen Film nur eines: mehr Humor. P.S. Die Vorlage für den Film war übrigens ein Comic und nicht (wie in der Presse und im Podcast behauptet) ein Computerspiel. schoener-denken.de/blog/cowboys-and-aliens-filmkritik/
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