Cowboys & Aliens Review
Review of the summer blockbuster movie Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.
Cowboys & Aliens
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford starring in a blockbuster Summer film release – what could possibly go wrong ? well ,despite the undoubted skills of the two lead actors a mash up of two well loved genres ( Western /Sci-Fi) was always a gamble and it looks like the gamble just about came off if you look at attendance figures and revenues returned which have been steady but not spectacular .
The film begins with Craig finding himself bereft of memory and lying on the ground outside a small town in New Mexico Territory called Absolution . Craig wanders into town to find the son of the local Cattle baron Percy Dolarhyde ( Paul Dano ) practising shooting whatever comes into range with impunity – his father Woodrow Dolarhyde ( Harrison Ford ) is responsible for bringing revenue and jobs to Absolution and runs the town like his personal estate with the Town’s residents fearful of crossing either Dolarhyde or his idiot son Percy .
However soon the entire town has reason to be fearful when Absolution is attacked from the sky by Alien marauders who abduct citizens and generally leave a trail of mayhem and destruction . Cue the forging of an unlikely alliance between Dolarhyde whose son has been abducted and Craig who has now discovered that he is called Jake Lonergan , a well known criminal on the run from the law for stealing gold .
The story then follows the ups and downs of the Cowboys vs. Aliens battle with some unlikely allies and support for the Cowboys and of course some love interest for Lonergan ( Craig) in the form of Olivia Wilde who plays Ella , a mysterious stranger who is interested in hunting down the Alien adversaries with Lonergan and Dolarhyde .
The film features some great action sequences , a good solid performance from Ford and a great performance from Craig as Lonergan, the stranger with the key to giving the Cowboys a fighting chance against the Aliens .
The one main disappointment in the film is the way the plot flows – we go from an extended sequence of mayhem and destruction when the Aliens initially attack with property destroyed and people abducted and in the next scene it’s “ mount up and get them there Aliens lads “ without any reference to how the characters feel and act after such an awesome display the night before .
So, all in all this isn’t a bad film but it could have been better with less emphasis on special effects and more emphasis on writing a good script . But go see it, it’s worth two hours of anyone’s time to see James Bond and Indiana Jones giving some Aliens a hard time !