Friday, 6 January 2012

Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown

Story When a man (Craig) wakes up in the middle of nowhere he can’t remember his name he has a mechanical devices on his arm. He still managers to take out a group of men before finding his way into a small western town where Meacham (Brown) fixes him up.

In the town local troublemaker Percy Dolarhyde (Dano) before going to far and ending up locked up in jail. His father Woodrow (Ford) comes to collect his son but identifies the mystery man as Jake Lonergan as the man who stole his gold. Woodrow is not the only one who recognises Jake; Ella (Wilde) wants Jake to help her with something.

When aliens attack this small town kidnapping some of the locals. Jake and Woodrow must put their differences aside to lead a team of locals in the hunt for the aliens.

Verdict This action adventure comes over as a bit of a disappointment really. The comic book adaptation doesn’t leave too much for the audience to think about and uses the same old put your difference aside to become one. The aliens are unoriginal and don’t seem to offer any threat once exposed. The three leads are poor and don’t command any screen presents, but on a positive the support cast Rockwell and Dano both shine in the scenes they are in.

Story Mark 7/10 Nice idea but not as good as it should have been

Action Mark 7/10 No major action scenes of note.

Special Effects Mark 6/10 Not the strongest effort on the special effects sides.

Star Performances Paul Dano he character causing trouble in town makes it feels like it could have been a good adventure.

Favourite Character Doc (Rockwell) as bar owner in search for his wife actual has all the best lines scenes and character development in a smaller role.

Poor Performance Daniel Craig how this guy gets acting jobs is beyond me

Harrison Ford this isn’t one of his best but it’s not the 80s anymore.

Least Favourite Character Jake boring lead no emotionally levels just terrible

Best Part The upside down boat in the middle of land

Worst Part rest of it

Best Quote Meacham ‘Whether you end up in heaven or hell isn’t God’s plan, It’s your own, you just have to remember what it is.’

Fun Trivia Robert Downey Jr. was meant to be the lead. If only he had been.

Similar Too – Wild wild west

My Rating a disappointing 55%

Aled's rating - a very boring 3.5/10 - I just couldn't find much about this film to keep me entertained. Plenty of action but none of it was gripping or intense. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford let the side down with this film.


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