119 Min | Action – Sci-Fi – Thrilller | August 2011
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Cowboys and Aliens Review: It’s easy to figure out what Cowboys and Aliens is going to be. There are cowboys, then there are aliens. If you are fond to Western movies then you’ll be entertained but if you are expecting too much aliens then you might get disappointed. You won’t be seeing anything mind blowing in this film. If you want to see Sci-Fi action plus Western Violence then this film is just for you. Cowboys and Aliens is nothing but to entertain you. The only thing that is unique here is the Western and Sci-Fi collaboration. The film is just your typical Western movie but instead of Indians or some sadistic bandit, the aliens are the antagonist of the film. The aliens are pretty intriguing but we don’t see them that much until the third act. It’s disappointing if you are expecting too much aliens. The only things we see them do are ride their ships, stab people, shoot with their weapons, and jump scare the audiences. It’s also your typical alien invasion film.
At least the action is full of explosions. Jon Favreau sure knows how to make the action scenes exciting no matter how flawed they are. The performances saved most of the film. Daniel Craig’s character is actually bland in the script so does Olivia Wilde’s, but Craig’s performance gives a little more character to the role. Harrison Ford and Sam Rockwell do what they do best. Paul Dano can be both fun to watch and annoying at the same time. It’s easy to recognize that the CGI effects were made by Industrial Light and Magic, since the CGI aliens looks just like any monster from J.J. Abram’s films. No doubt, Cowboys and Aliens is good. The score is true to its western themes. The production design is pretty decent enough for a western film.
In the end, Cowboys and Aliens is just another blockbuster released to our cinemas. If this film is going to be remembered years from now but I think the only purpose of this film is to show its gritty western violence and some sci-fi action. If you’re expecting more than the title then you will be disappointed. If you are expecting more aliens than the cowboys then you’ll be disappointed. Cowboys are the focus and the aliens end up being the jump scare of the movie. It’s not bad nor good though. If you are careless about the story and the character development, and you’re just seeking for some sheer action and huge explosions then recommended this.