Cowboys & aliens

00:00 August 02, 2011
By: David Vicari

The title says it all, and the movie delivers the goods as cowboys battle it out with intergalactic aliens. What I liked best about the film is that it is constructed like a mystery. In the Arizona desert of 1873, a wounded cowboy (Daniel Craig) wakes up with amnesia as well as a strange metallic device locked around his wrist.

He makes his way to a small town, which is almost immediately attacked by an alien aircraft. Many townsfolk are kidnapped by the invaders, so a posse is formed, led by land baron Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford actually playing the film's weakest character), to rescue their loved ones and wipe out those pesky green-blooded beings in the process. Craig's outlaw character as well as a town whore (Olivia Wilde) play key roles in potentially defeating the aliens. The film is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and he executes the action and effects scenes well.

They are nowhere near as bombastic and seizure-inducting as a Transformers movie. And you can clearly see what is going on. That counts for something in my book. Based on the Platinum Studios comic book by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Cowboys & Aliens doesn't bring anything new to the science fiction or western genres, but it certainly is fun.

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