Cowboys & Aliens

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Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens' jarring tonal shifts.



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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. -- (C) Official Site


Daniel Craig
as Jake Lonergan
Olivia Wilde
as Ella Swenson
Harrison Ford
as Woodrow Dolarhyde
Paul Dano
as Percy Dolarhyde
Adam Beach
as Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer
as Emmett Taggart
Brendan Wayne
as Charlie Lyle
Buck Taylor
as Wes Claiborne
Matt Taylor
as Luke Claiborne
Cooper Taylor
as Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown
as Meacham
Chris Browning
as Jed Parker
Keith Carradine
as Sheriff John Taggart
Toby Huss
as Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell
as Little Mickey
Jimmy Jatho
as Saloon Patron
Kenny Call
as Greavy
Garret James Noel
as Gang Member
David O'Hara
as Pat Dolan
Chad Randall
as Bull McCade
Scout Hendrickson
as Jake's Gang Member
Raoul Trujillo
as Black Knife
David Midthunder
as Apache Warrior 1
Moses Brings Plenty
as Apache Warrior 2
Phillip Pike
as Apache Singer
Calum Blaylock
as Apache Singer
Paul Ortega
as Medicine Man
Nathaniel Chee
as Apache Dancer
Robyn Simmons
as Apache Dancer
Simon Choneska
as Apache Dancer
David Chee
as Apache Dancer
Vonda Tso
as Apache Dancer
Freddie Apache
as Apache Dancer
Lariat Geronimo
as Apache Dancer
Oliver Enjady
as Apache Dancer
Rex Rideout
as Fiddler
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  • Jun 03, 2016
    I fell asleep the first two times I tried to watch it. I didn't miss much.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2015
    An embarrassment for all involved. I'm rooting for the Indians, in this case.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    "Cowboys & Aliens" starts with Jake Lonergan(Daniel Craig) waking with the grandmother of all hangovers in the middle of nowhere with no memory of who he is but with a weird metal bracelet that he cannot remove from his arm. Things do not improve once he gets back to town as Percy Dolarhyde(Paul Dano) shoots up the place, accidentally hitting a deputy. Not only does Sheriff Taggart(Keith Carradine) take Percy into custody but also Jake who it turns out is wanted for everything shy of cow tipping. And just as Percy's father(Harrison Ford) shows up for a quiet conference, the light show starts. If one wanted to point out the beginning of the end of Hollywood, it would be when B movies began to be made with A budgets.(For further proof that the movie world has gone to the dogs, there is Alex Cox who has to pass the hat around on Kickstarter to get his cool-sounding adaptation of "Bill, the Galactic Hero" made.) Exhibit A is "Cowboys & Aliens" which is a B movie idea if there ever was one, made with a blockbuster mentality that does not get either genre right.(By contrast, the Doctor Who episode "A Town Called Mercy," a jelly baby western, nails it, along with pointed insights into the possibility of redemption.) It does not help the banal story and slack pacing that Daniel Craig is miscast, his brooding intensity doing little for a movie so desperately in need of a sense of humor. But kudos to whoever cast seasoned pros Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine. And at least Harrison Ford shows signs of life, for a change.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig? Sounds like a winner. The direction is top notch, but if you boil this dirty water of a film, you can easily the stain is the writing. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtman have never written a script that is a grand slam. While their ideas have "moments," the overall final product leaves much to be desired. Despite the great cast and director, Cowboys and Aliens dies a slow death at the hands of the weak script.
    Bryan D Super Reviewer

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