A stroke of genius. Combining the western genre with that of today’s alien fascination. But hold it right there! Didn’t they do that back in 1999 in THE WILD, WILD WEST?
They sure did.
But in COWBOYS & ALIENS they do it a hell of a lot better job of it. Not only is the talent in front of the camera—Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford—to be reckoned with, the movie’s production credits are impressive as well.
For starters there’s executive producer Steven Spielberg and co-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
But major credit here goes to IRON MAN director Jon Favreau who’s kept this movie on track without letting the two perfectly credible genre’s explored here go amok.
COWBOYS & ALIENS storyline?
Classic western. It’s 1875 in Absolution, New Mexico where cattle baron Harrison Ford is the tyrannic ruler.
Enter mysterious stranger with bad case of amnesia and unusual contraption on his arm Daniel Craig who now confronts Ford’s cowardly son Paul Dano. It’s all about to make for the ultimate showdown between the man with no name and the mighty cattle baron.
But that’s where things get dicey.
Out of nowhere these alien spacecrafts start attacking the town abducting some of the good folks of Absolution.
And to Daniel Craig’s surprise his strange armbands suddenly turns into the only credible weapon against the invaders.
And now amazingly the good guys unite with the bad apples—even with the Indians– to take on this unexplainable force from beyond.
If all this sounds pretty silly I’m here to tell you it works!
After all alien invasions could’ve happened anytime during our civilization and not just be limited to the latter part of the 20th century.
Going into the screening to see this western/sci-fi collaboration I never thought I’d end up buying into the concept. But I enjoyed it and think you’ll get a big kick out of it as well.
COWBOYS & ALIENS also featuring Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Keith Carradine proving that what happens in Absolution—isn’t necessarily from Absolution!
I’m raising 3-1/2 out of 5 (spoiler alert: gold grabbing) fingers, pardner.
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