Plot: In the remote town of absolution in Arizona appears a mysterious stranger with no name and no memory of who wears an unusual metal cuff on the forearm. He has an abdominal injury, which is handled by the Father Meacham. After a brief confrontation with Percy Dolarhyde, the trigger-happy son of the local cattle [...]
In the remote town of absolution in Arizona appears a mysterious stranger with no name and no memory of who wears an unusual metal cuff on the forearm. He has an abdominal injury, which is handled by the Father Meacham. After a brief confrontation with Percy Dolarhyde, the trigger-happy son of the local cattle baron, the sheriff is shot, what Percy was arrested by Sheriff John Taggart. This is based on a wanted poster out that the stranger is the wanted criminals Jake Lonergan, and then arrested him as well.
Meanwhile, one of the herds of cattle baron and Civil War Veterans Woodrow Dolarhyde, who is secretly "Colonel," called out of nowhere destroyed by an explosion, are of the accompanying three cowboys gone two, the third pushes Dolarhyde the blame for the incident in the shoes . Then dip in companions Dolarhydes Percy and Percy's report of the arrest, after which the cattle baron rides with some men in the city to "bring the sheriff to reason".
The sheriff has been shipped, the two prisoners in a carriage in order to the judge in Santa Fe to provide. At that moment, Woodrow Dolarhyde and his men reached the city. It asks the sheriff to give him and his son Jake Lonergan, who had robbed one of his stagecoaches. Just before it comes into conflict emerge, strange lights on the horizon, approaching fast.
They turn out to be flying objects, which immediately opened fire. In the wild confusion, some people like a pack of Angel, pulled into the air and carried off by the flying objects, including Sheriff Taggert and Percy Dolarhyde. Suddenly Lonergan arm cuff is active, it lights up and reveals a kind of display. Lonergan can free himself from the coach, and manages, with the cuff and so shoot down an aircraft to stop the attack. The pilot of the wreck is initially undetectable, then is not seen as a human silhouette in a building and may eventually escape.
The next morning, the trace of the pilots will be prosecuted. After initial hesitation, rides and Lonergan after he has become clear that the demons, as the attackers are known also for the disappearance of his love Alice are responsible. After a long ride, they lose the trail in heavy rain. The group finds a Mississippi steamboat lying upside down (500 miles away by a river, as it observes the Colonel) and seeks to Unterschupf for the night. Here there will be some meetings between the men. The colonel gives the small knife and Emmett Doc Meacham tries to teach shooting.
Meanwhile, Jake Swenson Ella asks for help again, just as you have already done in the city. Jake does not understand why he could only help. The sudden flash of Jake's arm cuff both recognize that the pilot probably needs to be in the vicinity. The pilot can kill Meacham and before he can attack Emmett, are repelled by Jake. After the group has now but for the first time the attacker actually seen some of the fleeing men. The next morning, only Jake, the Colonel, Nat, Emmett, Doc and Ella are left on the ride and follow the trail.
In a canyon, the group meets a few bandits, which are held out as Jake's former band. In the camp of the bandits then there is a duel between Jake and the new leader of the gang, where it is killed by Jake's arm cuff. The small group is now trying to escape, but is followed by the remaining bandits. Suddenly and unexpectedly, all shot from a few aircraft and it will once again kidnapped people. This time also is Ella. Jake manages the aircraft to shoot and even jump on that, just as it flies through a small canyon. Over a lake he shoots now from the aircraft and can finally rid Ella. The bank not only achieve the two, but the pilot and these attacks immediately to Ella. Jake can kill him quickly, but Ella is seriously injured. Jake wears Ella back to the other, arrived Ella dies.
The group is suddenly surrounded by Indians and taken prisoner. In the camp of the Indians burned the body of Ella and one is on the verge of killing the other, since they are for the emergence of the "demons" blames. Suddenly, the fire burns bright and large, and from it emerges from the "born again" Ella.
Now it is clear that Ella is also an alien who is in the earth to prevent that happening to the people the same as with their people. She says that the "demons" are aliens who are looking for gold and they are only a small Kundschaftergruppe. They must be stopped before they can call in reinforcements, and the earth so the fall would be doomed. By a shaman Jake can close his memory lapses and now know where the aliens are found. He knows now that his girlfriend Alice of them was killed and how he came to the cuff.
After Jake has convinced his bandit friends fight so they attack together with the Indians on the mothership of aliens. They succeed in blowing up the shuttle bay, so that the aliens they can not attack from the air. Then some aliens now leave the mother ship and engage the people directly. Here are a few people killed, including Nat, who dies in the arms of the Colonel when he tells him that he is the son he never had. Emmett is pursued by an alien and almost taken, but may fight with his knife and kills the alien.
Jake and Ella, meanwhile, enter the mothership of aliens through a small cave, which took advantage of Jake as he escaped the aliens at the beginning. You can find the kidnapped people who look as if hypnotized at a light. After the light is destroyed, people are slowly regained consciousness, but can remember nothing.
Ella wants now that the abducted persons are rescued, stop the aliens. It calls for the cuff of Jake, but he knows not how to store them. Ella tells him to think about anything, but this works only after Ella kisses Jake. Then falls off the cuff of Jake's arm. Ella goes now to the center of the spaceship and says goodbye to Jake, because they want to sacrifice for the people. Jake, now without the alien weapon is overwhelmed by an alien and an examination bed, excited that he already knows of his abduction. The alien is the one that overwhelmed Jake during his escape, he could cut out of one eye and he had his arm cuff. This Alien will now turn outdo Jake in revenge one eye, but at the last moment prevented from Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde shoots at him. Together, the two kill the Alien and leave the cave.
Outside, in the meantime, people have gained the upper hand and now the aliens are trying to escape. They start with their mother ship and gain altitude quickly. Ella has now reached it in the center of the ship to the power source and triggers an explosion of use of the arm cuff, which destroyed the whole ship.
Emmett has his grandfather, Sheriff Taggert again, the Colonel's son, Percy and his wife Maria Doc. Later on in the city is trying to convince Woodrow Dolarhyde Jake to stay with him because he can always use a good man. Jake refuses but because he is indeed still wanted. The sheriff and the Colonel swore, however, that Jake Lonergan had died in the explosion in the mountains. Jake still there but prefers wegzureiten and rides into the sunset.
Daniel Craig as Jake Lonergan
Harrison Ford as Woodrow Dolarhyde
Olivia Wilde as Ella Swenson
Sam Rockwell as Doc
Adam Beach as Nat Colorado
Paul Dano as Percy Dolarhyde
Keith Carradine as Sheriff John Taggart
Clancy Brown as Meacham
Walton Goggins as Hunt
Abigail Spencer as Alice
Noah Ringer as Emmett Taggart
Buck Taylor as Wes Claiborne
Ana de la Reguera as Maria
Matthew Taylor as Luke Claiborne
Cooper Taylor as Mose Claiborne
Raoul Trujillo as Black Knife
Chris Browning as Jed Parker
David O'Hara as Pat Dolan
Brian Duffy as Deputy
Brendan Wayne as Charlie Lyle
Gavin Grazer as Ed
Toby Huss as Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell as Little Mickey
Jimmy Jatho as Saloon Patron
Kenny Call as Greavey
Julio Cedillo as Bronc
Garret Noel as Gang Member
Troy Gilbert as Red
Chad Randall as Bull McCade
Scout Schoenfeld Hendrickson as Jake's Gang Member
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
Lariat Geronimo as Apache Dancer
Freddy Apache as Apache Dancer
Oliver Enjady as Apache Dancer
Hoyle Osborne as Pianist
Rex Rideout as Fiddler
Cowboys & Aliens fuses rip-snortin' horse opera with some whiz-bang sci-fi, melding dry and austere badlands with slimy, mucusy aliens. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig, of James Bond fame) wakes up in the midst of sagebrush with a mysterious gadget around his wrist and no idea who he is--but he sure does remember how to take care of the bounty hunters who want to bring him in. His path soon crosses with a ruthless cattle baron named Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford, of Indiana Jones fame), who's not too happy with Lonergan, who got Dolarhyde's son in trouble. But their fracas becomes beside the point when spaceships descend and start lassoing people like cattle. The humans, including a mysterious woman (Olivia Wilde, Tron), a Native American tribe, and some snaggletoothed outlaws, band together to fight off this invasion from another world. The first two-thirds of Cowboys & Aliens is peppy fun, with its tongue-in-cheek Wild West-ness and colorful supporting cast (including Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine, Paul Dano, and Walton Goggins) and fairly understated CGI. The last third, with the obligatory assault on the alien vessel and a mess of clichés and inconsistencies, deflates a bit, which isn't surprising given that six screenwriters were involved. Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) does what he can to keep things lively. Fortunately, the good spirits of the first two-thirds will carry most viewers through to the end. --Amazon--
I was planning on seeing this in theaters, but my attempts failed miserably and tried to wait months and months for the DVD release of this film even though I saw the mixed reception it had on Rottentomatoes. All at once, I had pretty low expectations after I got the DVD last week on my 18th birthday. Two weeks later, when I watched the whole thing, my jaw dropped and became so amazed and it had exceeded my expectations. To my surprise, this is a surprisingly entertaining and very interesting film.
Sure, the story does deviates itself from the graphic novel it was based on with a few questions that weren't explained during the Men and Woman quest to team up with the apache Indians to defeat and destroy the aliens and the Dialogue for this film can be pretty mediocre at times, but I was too busy being enthralled by the action throughout the entire film. They're flawless and captivating with some very creative ones.
Of course, how can I forget about the actors? Well, to my surprise, they were entertaining and a lot of fun. Especially Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. I was like, "James Bond meets Indiana Jones? Dude, that is so extremely radical!". Even the development with the characters is exemplary at it's best along with the romantic relationship with Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde (who also did a great job as Ella Swenson). To those who think that it's blend of both the Western and Science Fiction genres was distracting are dead wrong because I happen to like it's blend of western and science fiction that makes this film very interesting to watch.
This movie has everything else that made this movie looked good including the perfect visuals, the groundbreaking CGI effects on the aliens, the excellent make up for the alien, the extraordinary costume designs and sets, and the riveting music score from Harry Gregson Williams. Even the pacing is pretty good.
Although, not a masterpiece, Cowboys & Aliens is a riveting and enthralling entertaining science fiction western and action flick worth watching for die hard fans of science fiction and western films. --IMDB--
Let's get this straight right from the start: I cannot possibly write an unbiased review of this movie. I was raised in the 90's, the son of parents raised in the 50's and 60's. James Bond, STAR WARS, and Indiana Jones were instilled in me at an early age, as were the great sci-fi and western flicks of yesterday. COWBOYS & ALIENS is basically the summation of all of my childhood fantasies. Possibly, this applies to you as well. If so, you'll know exactly where I'm coming from.
But if it doesn't...well, you may still be in for a treat. John Favreau pulls a few punches, but you don't really notice. The film revolves around Jake Lonergan, a wanted criminal who awakes in the desert with no knowledge of who he is (when asked what he knows, he stoically replies: "English"). In town, Lonergan has a run-in with Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), a spoiled rich boy who loves to shoot his guns off. Percy's ex-Confederate daddy (Ford) comes riding into town, with a bone to pick with Lonergan. Unfortunately, a few aliens intervene, kidnapping some townsfolk, and the two foes must join forces to save the day.
Make no mistake: cliches abound. Favreau and company (there are eight credited screenwriters, not to mention the comic's creator) hit every major Western point; co-producer Ron Howard, in the bonus features, actually comments on how a good western strikes all of the major chords, which I would disagree with, but his fat wallet speaks louder than my empty checking account, so go figure. (On a side note, it's interesting to hear John Favreau say that STAR WARS borrowed from western iconography; definitely gives some food for thought.) Usually, cliches are a hindrance; when you're watching a film such as COWBOYS & ALIENS, you kind of expect them, and as such are willing to say, "Okay, well, I saw this coming, so I can't complain much." That's not to say they're completely unnoticeable (note the lack of a star), but this is still a fun ride.
This film has two stars: the special effects and the actors. The effects are great; nothing ground-breaking, but this film isn't meant to be. It's just fun. The aliens are freaky and interesting; the explosions are cool; the violence is surprisingly gory in spots (almost detrimentally so, but not quite). The film's greatest strength, however, lies in its actors; Favreau has dotted his film with a bunch of talented character actors. Daniel Craig has done this thing many times before, which simply means he's damn good at it: he's got the tough-guy wit down pat, and adds a bit of an emotional touch where required (Craig is, after all, one of the best actors on the scene right now, make no mistake). Harrison Ford, too, has carved his niche, though he gets to push past this in a couple scenes: for a little while, you're actually afraid of him, as his character isn't necessarily a nice guy. He's grossly underused, however; this is Craig's vehicle, not Ford's. The same goes for Olivia Wilde; her character is interesting (if predictable), and the actress is clearly up for a challenge, but she never gets to do much. The supporting cast features Sam Rockwell as a bartender/doctor bent on rescuing his wife; Clancy Brown as a tough-as-nails preacher; Keith Carradine as a kind-but-tough sheriff; and an especially-good Paul Dano as the younger Dolarhyde.
There are too many subplots that never get fully expanded; a whole lot of cliches that you see coming a mile away, and make no sense even within the context of the film; and everything runs on a bit too long. But that's all okay. Why? Because COWBOYS & ALIENS is one of the few honest films to come out in recent years. Check out its title: that's exactly what you get. It's fun, plain and simple. It won't win awards, and it doesn't deserve any. It's meant to entertain, it's meant to excite the fanboy in you, and by God, it does that job admirably. --Amazon--
This film was a refreshing new take on two movie favorites that I have never seen nor expected to come together on screen. When I first saw the trailer, my initial thoughts were peanut butter and bananas, I like them both separately but the only person that I can recall who paired them to their liking was Elvis. This pairing of Cowboys & Aliens proved to be an interesting and entertaining dynamic. The cowboy that we see this story centered around is Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) who is a man of few words, which is probably a good thing to keep the fantasy going of him being a real life true grit cowboy, giving that he is British. He looked the part so not a lot of talk the talk was needed, but he did do plenty of walk the walk. I liked the fact that through a series of memory flashes we get an understanding of his past and who he is as a man, and more. There was some fancy gun handling and a really cool saloon brawl, and a number of other staples that are common to this genre of film. This story all in all was very true to the good old American western, with an abundance of rowdy cowboys, an affable sheriff John Taggart (Keith Carradine) and the man who pretty much is running everything because he holds the purse-strings, Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). The only character that was a bit of an oddity and not really explained as far as her place or position in the town of Absolution was Ella Swensen (Olivia Wilde). She seemed to just be hanging around waiting for something and nobody seemed to find anything about her presence strange, and I found that to be strange. The film had a good pace, good early American costumes especially those chaps that Jake wore, and good special effects. But, when I saw the alien hand in the trailer all I could think was can somebody please come up with another color for aliens. Can we get a really brutal butterfly multicolored alien or something other than gray? I digress. This film like so many others proves that crossing the pond to portray a role with an accent other than your own goes both ways, Mr. Craig pulled it off nicely. Perhaps somehow an opportunity to reprise the role of Jake Lonergan will emerge but only if it is a good story as was this one. I seriously hope that we don't get inundated from copy cats with ridiculous premises like Frankenstein & Aliens or King Tut & Aliens. I really like westerns and I really like sci-fi so I give this film a fazer guns blazing green light. --IMDB--
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Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this action-packed sci-fi western from the director of Iron Man (Jon Favreau) that critics call "wickedly original, unlike anything you've ever seen" (Jake Hamilton, Fox-TV Houston, TX). A stranger (Daniel Craig) stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella (Olivia Wilde) and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival. 2011 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
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cowboysandaliensmovie.com Blockbuster filmmaker Jon Favreau directs Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in an event film for summer 2011 that crosses the classic Western with the alien-invasion movie in a blazingly original way Cowboys & Aliens. Joined by an arsenal of top moviemakers—Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci—he brings an all-new action thriller that will take audiences into the Old West, where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) 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 ...
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