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Cowboys & Aliens
1873. Arizona 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....  View more >

Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Aug 2, 2011
"Cowboys and Aliens" is a movie that combinds the western with Science fiction. In the past six months, movies like "True Grit" and "Rango" has tried to spark intrest in the western. Hopefully "Cowboys and Aliens" will continue that. A small town is meance by aliens and Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford led a group of men in order to stop the alien attacks. I ;like the battle bewtween the old west and the bug-eye aliens. But I like the performance of Olivia Wilde. She looks very beautiful on the big screen. I'm becoming a big fan of the actress by each passing movie. I like the movie. Not much, but still I like the movie.
Aug 3, 2011
Entertaining, with the sci-fi and old Western genres plausibly blended. Good performances by Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde.
Aug 7, 2011
I found the movie sort of bland. It was good and I'm glad I saw it but it was missing something.
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford and the rest of the cast deliver fine performances in this fast paced sci-fi thriller. Daniel Craig's character has amnesia, a gut wound and a very cool metal wrist rocket. There are many gritty, unshaven sordid gold seekers that switch alliances like the wind. Greediness for gold and the consequences of that are issues that are addressed in this movie.

I believe this movie tackled a very tough marriage of having Aliens, Spaceships and laser fire right along with Cowboys shooting six guns, Native Americans shooting arrows and all of the other conflicts that took place.

There are several blurred flashbacks that make sense later on and tie into the story. Oh yeah, there is a peyote-induced hummingbird appearance as well. This movie shows how people can put aside their differences and work together in unity for a common goal and come out better people on the other side of it.

You can't take this movie too seriously because it is essentially very ridiculous. The over-caffeinated CGI aliens were very torqued-up when their ship was under attack. Lots of growling, grunting and moaning.

It presents itself as taking itself very seriously. I really liked this movie a lot because it had good spirit, lots of action, a good moral to the story and the best part...Cowboys fighting aliens! It's a fine movie, but wait for the rental and see it home.
Aug 31, 2011
Jan 22, 2012
This movie has all the elements to make for an interesting take on the Western genre.

Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford in the lead roles. Check. Beautiful woman. Check. Likeable background characters. Check. Dusty and sepia-toned setting. Check. Aliens. Interesting...check. The director of Iron Man at the helm. Check.

The reality falls a little short of the promise, which is disappointing. However, that shouldn't stop you from watching this movie, because it really does fill all the requirements of a Western and even a science fiction action movie, albeit a low-key one.

It starts out really strong, with a bewildered Daniel Craig waking up in the middle of the desert with no idea of how he got there or what the strange hardware is on his wrist. His encounter with three men wanting to take advantage of his compromised state is classic Western action hero stuff.

Harrison Ford is the scene-chewing magnate character that frequents Westerns. He could fall into the role of Lawrence Murphy in a remake of Chisum very easily, and surprisingly enough, Daniel Craig could possibly pull off the role of John Chisum (played originally by John Wayne) given his performance here.

The secondary/background characters and the setting created for the movie round out the foundation of the movie quite well. In a surprising turn for both Westerns and sci-fi actioners, it's a secondary character that gets the bulk of the heroic scenes at the finish.

Maybe because not very many Westerns are made any more, it's difficult to peg Cowboys & Aliens with a positive first impression. It doesn't follow the same conventions as the typical Western or the typical sci-fi action movie.

After some reflection, however, it's becoming a little more clear to me that there's more to this movie than first meets the eye, and it's a better movie than I first thought it was when the credits started rolling. My guess is that a second viewing would be even more enjoyable than the first.

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