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Plot: The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. 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. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. 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. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents-townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors-all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival. Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 28 Jun 2011
How can anyone not like this movie? (by Mischief810)
It is well acted. It is well produced. It has a star-studded cast and a fun twist on sci-fi action thrillers. Here's what you do for a "summer fun" movie: Combine a bunch of cowpokes with a hostile alien race, set it in a time period where the human race has no concept of time or space travel. Then let Spielberg do his thing.I've had fun watching this film several times. As with all good flicks, there's always something you missed the first, second and third times. This isn't really meant to be serious science fiction. It's meant to be an entertaining romp that <more>
mashes up the western and sci-fi genre, and it throws in just enough action and special effects to make up for a so-so script.If you watch this and don't like it, then you don't like watching fun movies. This. Was. Fun.
I saw this movie last night at a sneak preview in Santa Monica. Jon Favreau knocked it out of the park! I never give movies a 10, but I gave it one because it is an original movie, with an old-school style! Finally, we see Harrison Ford how he should be seen, which was hard to do after "Indiana Jones 4,and "Hollywood Homicide." I'm not a huge Daniel Craig fan, but he reminds me of a young Steve McQueen. I'm not gonna give any spoilers, just go see the film... you'll be glad you did. Great supporting performances by Buck Taylor, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine, <more>
Abigail Spencer, Raoul Trujillo, Paul Dano, Adam Beach, and Sam "The Man" Rockwell! This is the perfect movie !!! I am critical when it comes to westerns, because they are the movies I was raised on... but this movie is like a cross between "The Searchers," "Aliens," and "Indiana Jones." This man knows how to tell a story and make a great film!
Awesome entertainment - Perfect mix of James Bond attitude, special effects and heavy alien presence... (by rohit1987)
This was one entertaining movie. It had all the elements that have made Hollywood timelessly entertaining for so many decades now - Great western "feel", the gripping new James Bond attitude of Daniel Craig, realistic CG, and heavy alien presence.The plot requires some suspension of disbelief but hey that's what entertainment is about. If people want "believable" movies they need to watch docu-dramas. If they want to get entertained and want an entertaining experience of "what would something look like if it was real" then this movie is it. It's highly <more>
engaging, the story doesn't drag at all, the action is bullet proof, and the concept is 'unique' if nothing else.High marks to Daniel Craig's "as man as it can get" character. He truly excels in such roles. Harrison Ford did a magnificent job as a gutsy western hero who just won't back down from a fight. The story moves along very well and despite what anyone tells you - MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT ABOUT THIS MOVIE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO WATCH IT. YOU WILL *NOT* BE DISAPPOINTED.10/10
Now this is a summer movie with a unique premise that's not only out there, but works so well that it makes me say "That was BAD ASS." Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the next heavyweight action film of the summer: Cowboys & Aliens.Okay let's get the obvious out of the way: YES, cowboys and aliens in the same movie sounds like an absurd premise that would only exist in the mind of adolescent boy. And yet, this child-like premise is immediately forgotten when you watch surprisingly deep characters struggle through a dangerous situation with overwhelming odds <more>
against them. And this film can get DARK in both terms of the fights happening on screen as well as the gravity of the situation. Instead of some silly-mindless action, you get a film that will make you grow a beard sitting through its 2-hour run time which flies by fast . And don't worry ladies, you get plenty of eye candy too. The film stars Daniel Craig flawlessly using his American accent as Jake Lonergan, a cowboy stranded in the middle of the Wild West with only a strangle bracelet on his wrist and no recollection of who he is or how he got there. After a series of dodging mishaps in the nearby town of Absolution, he is corned by Elle played by Olivia Wilde and hard-as-nails rancher Han Solo, I mean Colonel Dolarhyde played by Harrison Ford . An alien invasion then commences and lays waste to Absolution while abducting several of its citizens. Lonergan must then join forces with Dolarhyde and the strange woman to stop the alien threat and discover who he really is.The first twenty minutes of the film play like any Westerner you've seen: Craig plays the gruff loner invoking the spirit of Eastwood, Harrison Ford plays the gruff boss-man of a bunch of thugs, and the usual Western archetypes are present throughout the cast. It's when the alien invasion begins that these archetypes are immediately thrown out the window and you find surprisingly deep characters. Lonergan is a wanted man with a brutal past but the allure of a lost love drives him to learn more about her fate. Harrison Ford is playing the best we've seen him in years yes even better than Indiana Jones as a former colonel who has seen the horrors of war and he uses his gruff demeanor to inspire confidence in lesser men. Both Craig and Ford bring their A game to this film as they pull of convincingly deep cowboys. The rest of the cast turns in solid performances. The gorgeous Olivia Wilde plays a mysterious woman who knows more than she's telling, but you can't resist caring about her. Sam Worthington plays a meek bar tender out to find his abducted wife and Noah Ringer plays a scared boy searching for his grandfather. And yes, these two minor side characters develop their arcs as boys become men. Everyone else does a great job in this setting as well. Okay, so now I've praised the story and the deep characters, but is the action any good?Oh. Hell. Yes. The fist fights between humans are brutal and visceral. Horseback chase scenes are made more awesome with alien ships hunting the heroes down. And the aliens? Looking damn fine. The computer generated images aren't glaringly obvious here with the aliens looking bulky, hideous, and monstrous. They are the perfect band of bad guys. And unlike other alien invasion films, you get to see humans get into vicious fights with the extraterrestrials. Limbs are blown off, Guns blow holes into alien bodies. Aliens eat humans right in front of their comrades. All of it is exceptionally well-done and reminds you that this is most definitely NOT a kids movie PG-13 rating be damned . The best part? The fights mean something. You care what happens to Lonerman, Dolarhyde, Elle, Doc, and Emmett. When characters die, the persons close to them EMOTE. The characters who die are characters YOU grow attached to. You WANT their deaths avenged. You are made known in none-uncertain-terms that the situation is dire. And that's what elevates Cowboys & Aliens from a merely good film to a GREAT film.Unique action movies are hard to come by and big budget films with great characters are harder still to find. Cowboys & Aliens finds a way to merge the Western and Alien Invasion genres into something fun, entertaining, and meaningful. Characters don't get any deeper and action doesn't get any harder than you'll find here. A fantastic summer movie that I highly recommend everyone to check out in theaters.
Questionable Plot....Thrilling Movie did you think S. Spielberg would let you down? (by chusted-3)
So the plot seems so stupid, but it seemed to work really well. I got lucky enough to get called out of a crowd at a Hugh Jackman / Real Steel Promo at Comic-Con 2011, and asked if I'd like to go to the premier. I think the5 y.o. on my shoulders helped. Any how went to the premier at the San Diego Civic Center tonight. Saw the big stars, Spielberg, Harrison, Ron Howard, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, J. Favreau, who gave me a big grin when I said San Diego Baby! San Diego Baby! For the movie, wasn't expecting that much, but the movie starts with Daniel Craig waking in a <more>
crazy spot. He is absolutely fantastic in this role. He really plays a great Paul Newman tough westerner. Oscar nods will come from this role. excellent cinematography, great story, flows well, and of course, great aliens and space crafts from the Spielberg clan. I would suggest at least 14-15 years old, as there are some pretty violent parts and would probably trouble younger children. This should turn out to be a big grossing block-buster.Great Comic con Experience, thanks Hugh for picking me!
I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere last week in San Diego, and I had such a great time. I saw it with the entire cast and crew of the movie, and had a great audience that made the experience even more worth-while. It was an absolute blast. The movie itself was excellent. It had a great cast consisting of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Clancy Brown and Paul Dano. Everyone did a fantastic job. The action scenes were great as were the special effects and the cinematography. The aliens were really cool looking, and the chemistry between all the characters <more>
was great. I also thought the plot/story was fine, and very interesting. Although, the story was my biggest problem with the movie. I was really expecting some very neat twists from Daniel Craig's character, or some more backstory on the aliens, but sadly there was nothing big from either of those. There were also some clichés that people would've noticed right away that I honestly didn't mind at all. And finally, the directing, as always, was fantastic from Jon Favreau. Overall, I thought this movie was a great summer blockbuster, and I definitely recommend it. I'd say go with a group of friends. It will definitely make the experience better.8.5/10
Oater this world or oater space, a choice of very poor puns for a GOOD movie. (by janus-20)
Wow i enjoyed this, partially due to the negative reviews here on IMDb thanks guys and in part due to Harrison Ford clearly having more fun with a character than he has in a long time.Its not a perfect film and there are questions that could be asked of some of the plot points, but the questions, such as they are, would require irrelevant exposition, which would only serve to hobble the pace of what is essentially a "Men and Woman on a mission" movie. What really stands out for me were the scenes at the beginning of the film, Jon Favreau introduces the characters, locations and <more>
situations in such a manner that when the real threat manifests itself, despite the films title, it catches you as off guard as the characters are.The cast are all great, some nice character work from Clancy Brown and Keith Carradine. Daniel Craig brings the stoic, no nonsense aspects of his Bond to Jake and as i said earlier Harrison Ford obviously relishes the role of Dolarhyde.It reminds me of the films i used to enjoy about twenty years ago, that had lively pace, but were'nt frantic. The effects are special, but not overblown or overwhelming to the point where they become the focus thereby obviating any interest in the characters stories. I don't want to talk about the story too much and spoil it, i'd just urge you to go and watch it, because this movie is an honest attempt to try something a little different. Its not Superheroes, its not a TV show, its not a line of toys and its not cute animated whatevers. Its an unlikely, but successful fusion of two genres to produce a film with humour, drama, action and a refreshing amount of practical effects work. Give it a chance, i really was surprised how much i enjoyed it.
Ridiculously fun and entertaining. (by dom-lerose-8)
Literally the film is about a spaceship that arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way. Daniel Craig teams up with Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde to save the day. Problem? Nope. "Cowboys & Aliens" is a blast of summer blockbuster fun, delivering fun visual effects, consistently entertaining action, and fun dialogue to spice up the fun. This is the kind of film you would expect to be god- awful, but turns out to be super fun and enjoyable from start to finish. None of the <more>
actors try too hard to be serious, knowing what kind of film they're in. And producers Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard also understands what audiences are going to want out of this film. They nailed it. This film delivers exactly what it needed, crafting a fun and stupid movie that everyone will find somewhat enjoyable.
Why I Think "Cowboys and Aliens" is a Worthy Summer Flick (by rachelle-lecuyer)
When I was in 7th grade my father bought me and my best a friend tickets to see "Alien" and when the theater manager protested that he could not buy two kids under 17 tickets to see the R-rated movie alone, he purchased a ticket for himself and when the lights went down, darted out the side exit. He saw "Alien" as an important film for me to see and noted it was groundbreaking in the Sci-Fi genre.That said, "Cowboys and Aliens" is no "Alien" but I still enjoyed it. Maybe I am sucker for the actors, Daniel Craig and his well-played outsider and Harrison <more>
Ford's arrogance and insolence. Maybe I just like sitting in a cool theater on a terribly hot summer day. I was not sorry that I saw the film.I enjoyed this film better than some of the other summer blockbuster films I have seen. Yes, there are flaws but the action is captivating and the premise is one that resonates in every good v. evil film. Overall, this is why I think this film is a worthy summer film: I found the characters believable. - I found myself taken away by the story. - I enjoyed the gritty scenery and the special effects were very realistic. - I found myself on the edge of my seat at certain points. - I rooted for the good guys.Is it Academy Award worthy? Doubtful. But if you are just looking for a short break from the real world, this film will take you away on that sweet little trip. And how can you beat seeing Daniel Craig in chaps? Thank you, Jon Favreau! ;-