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Sci-Fi Cowboys and Aliens

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Kevin, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

    Mar 20, 2004
    A HD preview clip is now available for Cowboys and Aliens! With Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, the movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel story of aliens landing in the wild West of 19th century Arizona. To defend off the alien enslavement of humanity, everybody must work together. The scheduled release date is [SIZE=-1][SIZE=-1]July 29th, 2011.[/SIZE][/SIZE] :cool:

    Synopsis from Yahoo movies....
  2. Anthony G Williams

    Anthony G Williams Greybeard Writer

    Jul 14, 2007
    Film: Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

    Film: Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

    Compared with last week's post, this is going from one cultural extreme to the other. Yes, I know, the title should have warned me off, but I couldn't resist watching it!

    Daniel Craig (the current James Bond, for the benefit of any readers from other planets) plays a gunman in the Wild West who wakes up with no memory but with a hi-tech bracelet firmly clipped around his wrist. At the same time, people are being attacked and captured by small flying machines. One of these crashes, and the tracks leaving it indicate that something decidedly non-human was on board.

    A motley posse sets off on the hunt for the alien, and then in search of the source of these flying machines with the hope of rescuing the captured people. Apart from Craig, this includes Harrison Ford as a rich farmer, Olivia Wilde as eye candy (though she does turn out to have a role to play) and various assorted lawmen, cowboys, criminals and even Indians.

    This is a lightweight and forgettable film but makes for a couple of hours of trivial entertainment, preferably watched in well-oiled social company in the mood for a laugh.

    I do have one gripe (at the risk of a mild spoiler): why are "bad" aliens in such films always shown to be hideously ugly monsters with such deliberately evil intent? Do the film makers not realise that evil wearing an innocent face is far more chilling? Or that the activities of aliens on this planet might incidentally have a disastrous effect on humanity even without any evil intent? Or is such subtlety beyond their comprehension (or at least, more subversive than they think their target viewing public will accept)? Oh well, I suppose I'm expecting too much of a lowest-common-denominator popcorn movie based on (and closely resembling) a comic strip. To be fair, though, the good guys do not all get to live happily ever after.[​IMG]

    (This entry is cross-posted from my science-fiction & fantasy blog.)
  3. astonwest

    astonwest Writing Fool Writer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Got to see it for free (well, sort of) on a recent airline flight overseas...it was well worth what I paid. ;)

    Overall, it was a good movie, but wasn't all that stellar. I think a person could easily wait for this one to come out on cable.

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