Jake is an apparent cowboy who wakes up with amnesia and a strange device on his arm. With confusing flashbacks clouding his mind, he stumbles into the town of Absolution and suddenly finds himself confronting an apparent enemy, Col. Dolarhyde. To make matters worse, aliens have invaded.
Daniel Craig (Jake), Abigail Spencer (Alice), Harrison Ford (Dolarhyde), Olivia Wilde (Ella), Paul Dano (Percy), Adam Beach (Nat), Sam Rockwell (Doc), Ana de la Reguera (Maria), Keith Carrradine (Taggart).
Cowboys & Aliens starts off by jumping straight into the Scott Rosenberg series as Jake awakens with amnesia in the middle of nowhere. From there the story picks up in the middle of Jake’s life leaving us feeling like we are constantly missing something. Once the aliens land things get much more interesting and we start to feel up to speed on the story. The blend of old west and aliens with advanced technology who want the same gold as the cowboys is quite entertaining and fairly original.
Acting was decent with Craig doing surprisingly well as a cowboy. Ford was a nice addition and did okay but at the same time it was hard not to hope the film turned into a “Raiders” episode. Wilde and the remainder of the supporting cast did well, though energy between members seemed hit and miss throughout the film.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done. The film was crisp, clear, and natural settings gave the film a solid, authentic feel. Physical effects were also well done and fairly realistic. CGI was extreme yet the film flowed pretty well without drifting into ridiculous territory. The aliens were entertaining without feeling overly animated. Dialogue was good, while sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Overall Cowboys & Aliens is a solid Sci-Fi Action Adventure with a fairly unique plot that mingles action, adventure, western, and aliens into the same story. The only thing the film doesn’t seem to do is generate high energy, instead feeling almost plodding at times.
With plenty of sci-fi violence and mild partial nudity, this should be fine for teens and above.
Cowboys & Aliens is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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