Cowboys & Aliens Reviewed

Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Same Rockwell. It's about Cowboys and Aliens. and it.s based on a graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg…boy this is gonna be tough.

The Plot

1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford).

It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force.

To get a better feel of things, do check out the featurettes below

Ella is abducted

Jake defends himself

Aliens attack Dolarhyde

The Verdict

Jon Favreau cleverly overcomes meshing the 2 very different genres of Cowboys and Aliens together. He's a talent director and a crowd pleaser as seen from his work in Iron Man. He keeps the pace of the film brisk so you don't have to wait too long for the next big action sequence to come along.

As the title suggests, it is a very strange cross of genres but the old west that is being portrayed isn't as slow as audiences might have come to expect. Once the UFOs arrive it's like a totally different mesh up again, somewhat like War of the Worlds and X-Files hitting the old west. The humans pretty much have the starring role in this film even with all the special effects going on around them.

Daniel Craig sets up the pace as early as the first scene where we see him waking up in the middle of nowhere with no clue how he got there, he's tough and packs a mean punch as some overly confident strangers find out. He portrays his character with the same grit as he did with James Bond. 

Harrison Ford plays a bit of a tyrant in this film, to perfection I might add. This is a man who has always portrayed good guy hero all-American types so it's no surprise that he's fighting against the Aliens alongside Craig. Character development is lightly touched on with the supporting cast with more time being spent on Craig's recollection of memories.

The beautiful Olivia Wilde is pretty much the missing piece of the puzzle for both the movie and the casting. Let's face it, just looking at her green eyes is intoxicating and you want that sort of eye candy In a film like this. None the less she comes through standing tall alongside the almost all boys cast. Sam Rockwell provides the humorous yet relatable frustrated bar owner for the summer blockbuster that's fresh and fantastic to watch.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Honestly it's not what you would expect and I'm sure you will try to make sense of it. Trust us, DON'T. Just enjoy the comic book, crowd pleasing directing brilliance of Jon Faverau.

Cowboys & Aliens opens in cinemas 9 Aug

Photos courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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