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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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April 22, 2017
Fun and action packed!
Super Reviewer
April 5, 2017
Okay, so yes I had high expectations in Cowboys and Aliens and I told other people to see it. I was very let down. My reasons were that Damon Lindelof's alien ideas were pretty bad, the storyline was terrible, and the special effects were mediocre. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig gave great performances, and Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde were also pretty good. But all that doesn't mean that this movie was entertaining, as I hoped it would be. This movie could have been a lot better with some better ideas and story. I personally think Damon Lindelof has to find another job. This movie wasn't written well, and the endings to the TV series Lost and the ending to movie Prometheus weren't that great. This is probably the only not-very-good Jon Favreau movie I've seen.
½ March 5, 2017
It was ok is the best i got... its not memorable...and not something id prolly watch again anytime soon
January 25, 2017
Unique story line. Worth the time.
January 18, 2017
It really takes Harrison Ford plus Daniel Craig to make this steampunk scifi western work. Impressive.
½ January 3, 2017
It's good movie to watch
½ December 11, 2016
A surprisingly good movie. There are a few problems here and there but that doesn't affect the movie that much. It has bits of funny moments which really help the serious moments without overstepping. I love how it shows enemies uniting to defeat a common enemy. But unlike other stories, uniting actually had a positive effect in the conclusion of the movie. The acting was good, the story was good, though there were few awkward and poorly written moments and the action was top notch. You literally get what title says, though I love how it still plays out as a classic western.
½ December 10, 2016
I wanna give this one a chance
November 19, 2016
Jon Favreau directs Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde in Cowboys and Aliens. The film begins with Jake (Daniel Craig) waking up dazed, lost and confused. He does not remember who he is, or how or why he is in the circumstances that he is. He notices a foreign bracelet on his arm, and a wound on his abdomen, but does not know how he got them. He makes his way into town to discover that he is a wanted man for terrorizing towns. As he is on the verge of being apprehended and sent to trial, an alien invasion sweeps across the town abducting individuals with long cords.

At this point all bets are off, and he, a doctor (Sam Rockwell), a cattle baron Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), and a mysterious woman Ella (Olivia Wilde) all decide to travel together to trace down the and recover their loved ones. There only hope is with Jake and his arm bracelet, that is a powerful weapon, and having him recall his past to aid with the origin of the alien invasion. As they travel they come across savage native Indians, and bounty hunters that all aim to kill them. They soon all come to realize they must band together despite their differences to fend off these aliens and ensure their survival.

Cowboys and Aliens is by no means an amazing film, but it has some originality to it. The blend of science fiction and western is by no means common. All the characters give fine performances in what is generally a weak story. Some of the scenes with the Indians and Jake's former crew somewhat detract from the film and do not offer enough value to the film. The action sequences and special effects of the movie are pretty good and keep the film interesting. The scenes of Jake remembering his past has some interesting moments, and ultimately keep the plot moving, but there are too many of them. The film offers some twists and turns, and does avoid some typical Hollywood clichés. Despite the fusion of genres and a solid cast, Cowboys and Aliens is not much more than your typical blockbuster film. The film has good effects, and some good action, and a solid character base, but does not build much beyond this.

½ November 18, 2016
This film had potential to be so much more and I think that is why it only gets 3 stars. With the actors of such calibre as Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig you expect much more than you are given. Unfortunately apart from the interesting opening I found myself not really wondering what was going on and just passively watching the rest of it. Some of the action scenes were interesting but I hate films where the protagonist is invulnerable apart from one thing as it makes fight scenes significantly less tense unless said maguffin is in play.
½ October 31, 2016
Great movie. Doesn't assume the audience is stupid. For a main character Daniel Craig doesn't speak much but this is barely noticeable as everything is explained through the narrative. Some very interesting side characters. The preacher injects themes about the nature of God which are very intersting with the bartender providing the antithesis, the nature of man. Some genuinely creepy moments and the ending is quite beautiful. Only let down is prob 1 action moment is a bit too far fetched.
½ September 5, 2016
biggest pile of crap i have ever watched
½ July 28, 2016
160728: Walt Goggins, Daniel Craig, Adam Beach and other strong actors portraying some fun characters. Great wardrobe and accessories for you western fans; got to love the S&W Model 3s. Decent action and story which all equals a previously underrated film by me. Just slightly underrated but no longer. Actually, upon this viewing, was thinking this film could easily due for a sequel. The characters are strong enough so all they need is a new adventure. Perhaps zombies?
July 28, 2016
The more I watch this flick, the more I enjoy it. I mean, really, its got two of the best actors ever! The movie does pull you through it with interest and the bits of the past they show throughout the film enrich the storyline. It ends rather pat, but it's a good watch I thought.
July 18, 2016
Lots of big names, fair acting, if a bit formulaic. Decent popcorn flick.
June 22, 2016
Not great, but okay.

Originally written July 30, 2011--
Bearing a mysterious metal shackle on his wrist, an amnesiac gunslinger (Daniel Craig) wanders into a frontier town called Absolution. He quickly finds that strangers are unwelcome, and no one does anything without the approval of tyrannical Col. Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). But when Absolution faces a threat from beyond Earth, the stranger finds that he is its only hope of salvation. He unites townspeople, outlaws and Apache warriors against the alien forces in an epic battle for survival.

I have to admit. I really wanted to like this movie. The director, Jon Favreau, directed some of my favorite movies---Elf, Iron Man, and Iron Man 2. So I was really looking forward to what I "thought" would be a classic sci-fi western. Unfortunately, that just isn't the case. It's okay, not great, but okay. In the words of Roger Ebert, one of my favorite movie critics, "'Cowboys & Aliens' has without any doubt the most cockamamie plot I've witnessed in many a moon. Here is a movie set in 1873 with cowboys, aliens, Apaches, horses, spaceships, a murdering stagecoach robber, a preacher, bug-eyed monsters, a bartender named Doc, a tyrannical rancher who lives outside a town named Absolution, his worthless son, two sexy women (one not from around here), bandits, a magic bracelet, an ancient Indian cure for amnesia, a symbolic hummingbird, a brave kid with a spyglass, and a plucky dog who follows the good guys for miles and miles through the barren waste and must be plumb tuckered out." That pretty much tells you all you need to know. Like I said, this movie isn't great, but it's okay. Three stars out of five.
June 18, 2016
Good cast and idea, just terribly written and filled with cliches. Nothing new.
Super Reviewer
½ June 3, 2016
I fell asleep the first two times I tried to watch it. I didn't miss much.
May 23, 2016
Cowboys and aliens decency, great cast, and interesting premise are wasted with a generic theme and juvenile story-telling,
May 10, 2016
A strong concept for what could have been an amazing B movie classic, but seems to miss every check mark it sets.
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