Cowboys & Aliens (2011 film)

A Fantasy Western film directed by Jon Favreau.

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'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Western (Video)

  • Jul 28, 2011

The year is 1873. The place...New Mexico...A man (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the middle of nowhere.  He has no idea who he is or where he is.  All he knows is...there's a thick metal bracelet on his wrist and he can't remove it. 

After fighting off some would-be robbers with a few swift kicks and punches, the Man wanders into the town of Absolution where he finds...

Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano) picking fights with anyone in his path. Percy's dad is a big cattle baron and Percy is a big bully. But this time Percy goes too far.  He winds up accidently shooting the town's Deputy. Not good...

The Sheriff,  John Taggard (Keith Carradine) has no choice but to arrest him.  
Meanwhile the Man finds out that his name is Jake Lonergan and he's wanted for robbery and murder.  Well, at least he knows his name.

The Sheriff arrests Jake and handicuffs him to Percy. He's just about to cart both these men off to the Marshal in Santa Fe, when Percy's daddy, Cattle Baron aka Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde, (Harrison Ford) comes galloping into town to rescue his son.

But before Dolarhyde can finish saying...'Sheriff, what the hell do you think you're doing arresting my boy'...there's a series of major explosions destroying...well, everything. 
To say that the people of Absolution are shocked when they discover that the explosions are coming from...

UFO'S...many, many UFO's, would be an understatement.  The aliens have arrived and they're not here to sightsee.

Oh, besides exploding everything in their path, the aliens have this nasty habit of scooping up the townsfolk (including Percy) using these long, steel harnesses that extend out of their ship...Note: This is a very cool effect.

Anyway, Jake quickly finds out what his metal bracelet is used for.
As the title suggests, 'Cowboys & Aliens' is about Cowboys & Aliens...(And some really cool Comanches).   There's also very interesting supporting characters such as Sam Rockwell as Doc who's wife has been abducted and the mysterious, Oliva Wilde (Ella Swenson) who is not quite what she appears to be.  

The aliens in this film are some of the most scariest, ugliest, meanest, aliens I have ever a film that is. These folks from Outer Space think of us Earthlings as...mere 'insects' and they are here for only one thing...Gold...and what better place to find some, than...the old West.

 I absolutely loved this film.  Jon Favreau did an excellent job directing.  Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig created complex, interesting characters who you care about.

The film has great tension, great action, great special effects and yes...there were many writers...five or six...and usually that is not a good sign...But in this case, it definitely paid off.

The 'Two Jews On Film' once again disagreed.  I gave Cowboys & Aliens five bagels out of five. Check out our video to see how many bagels John awarded this film.

 It opens in theaters this Friday, July 30, 2011. 
By Joan Alperin-Schwartz
'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Western (Video) 'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Western (Video) 'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Western (Video) 'Cowboys & Aliens' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Western (Video)

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August 04, 2011
Another fun review, great job guys.
July 29, 2011
Wow what a fun write-up! I'll want to see this one-I really like Harrison Ford; thanks for sharing!!
July 29, 2011
Hi, Brenda...
July 29, 2011
thanks Brenda. I think you'll love it. Daniel Craig is great as well...
July 30, 2011
Hi Woo my man---just read your review as well and was great as usual.

2_Jews -- you have sparked my curiosity along with Woo's review about this movie!! Thanks....
July 29, 2011
Good write-up. From reading your review I get the impression that this movie is both an alternate history (Inglorious Basterds comes to mind) and something like the impossible giant mechanical spider in Wild Wild West that looked like something out of Star Wars. I loved the first and hated the latter so I am not sure how I will like this film. Favreau usually does a good job in any film that he doesn't have a major acting part (brutal films such as Couples Retreat and Four Christmases come to mind) so I am thinking I might like it.
July 29, 2011
Thanks so much. I hated 'Couples Retreat' and Four Xmases as passionately as I loved 'Cowboys and Aliens'. LOL
July 29, 2011
Nice! I think I'm seeing this tomorrow and I hope to give it five bagels, too!
July 29, 2011
I think you will. Of coure if you asked John...
July 28, 2011
Great review. The aliens were revealed at a special Wondercon showing last spring. Creepy indeed. I'll see the video later. I knew you'd like this.
July 28, 2011
They were really scary. John and I disagree...for a change.
July 28, 2011
Saw your video, great work. Sorry John is overanalyzing it a bit, LOL. There's a similar made for TV movie on the SyFy Channel that had a similar Aliens versus Western story. The Caterpillar vs. The Black Widow would make a great film.
July 28, 2011
The SyFy Channel's film was called "Alien Western", where aliens come to a town in the 1880s and eat uranium. Also the TV show "Firefly" was an American space western of the future. :) So this genre has been done before. I could not decide whether to put my review in the comics community since it is based on a comic book, or the science fiction community. Maybe I'll make a western community, LOL.
July 29, 2011
I loved FIREFLY...a lot. So disappointed when it was cancelled. Can't you put the review in every community?
July 29, 2011
That's more of a @ question, but I'd say yes. You have to add the topic to every community and then the topic would appear. I mean, anyone at Lunch can read and search for any review, but the communities can do special things for their members in addition to the generic writing and posting of a review. That's why this is better than Amazon. My communities are set up to accept any review with certain key words for example, like "science fiction" or "comic books" or "silver screen". That's another reason why key words or tags are important to add. I'm sure other founders have their own tags. But if you're a member and post in that community, you get badges and lots of admiration. :)
July 29, 2011
Got it. I think...No I do.
July 28, 2011
Yup, definitely some differences from the source material and that sounds like a good thing. I am happy that the aliens are scary and it was wise for the producers to keep them from view in the trailers. It makes a sort of s surprise. I will see this asap. Have you seen the one with Vampires and cowboys (The Burrowers)? Thanks for the great and fun review! Please tell John I said hello. I see his point, but perhaps there was a point.

I fixed your topic to be in the main topic...
July 28, 2011
John says hi back. Can't wait for your review. That film 'The Burrowers' sounds great. Never saw it. But I love Vampires
July 29, 2011
Ok, I saw it, I liked it but I have my complaints about it. Then again, it was just coming from me reading the source material.
July 29, 2011
I already replied, but to sum up. Great review...Love your writing and you need to know less...LOL
July 29, 2011
LOL! Ok, I amy as well see the Smurfs since I don't know anything about them. LOL!
July 30, 2011
HA! Great idea. They are cute. LOL We're off to see a play...'Blood Wedding' by Lorca. What are the chances of John staying awake?
July 30, 2011
hahah! probably next to nothing...but do tell me about it. The Devil's Double is to be released in SF Aug. 4 woo-wooo!!
July 30, 2011
I will. I know there's blood and someone gets married. Enjoy the movie
July 30, 2011
@ reviewed The Devil's Double last night, it was a good review but he wasn't impressed with it....I hope you take time to do your own write up.
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Picture this… James Bonds wakes up in the Wild West unable to recall how he got there and then ends up in a town were Indiana Jones and his son have been terrorizing its citizens into doing anything they want…  Wait, that’s not right.  Granted Cowboys & Aliens does star Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, as well as share executive producer Steven Spielberg (Indy franchise), there is little else these heavy hitters bring to this futuristic/sci-fi western.  If only …
Quick Tip by . December 22, 2011
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A genre blend that starts off strong despite the adherence to a multitude of western cliches, it all falls flat in the second act with the introduction of a lazy plot twist created for no other reason than to save the screenwriters the trouble of advancing the story through dialogue and character development, and give them an easy out for a typically lame Hollywood Happy Ending.
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Cowboys & Aliens is an American fantasy- Western film starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. The film, directed by Jon Favreau, is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Cowboys & Aliens was released in the United States and Canada on July 29, 2011 and in other countries on ensuing weekends.

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. 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 traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and ...
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Director: Jon Favreau
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Western
Release Date: July 29, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Runtime: 118 minutes
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