“Cowboys and Aliens” disappeared off the radar as soon as it was released it seems. The trailer was interesting, but not something that looked like a must see. It seems that not having that must see status was enough to get people to not see it. Did they miss out an anything new and inspired? I reckon we all gots ta see what we gots here.
In typical mysterious fashion a man wakes up with no memory of who he is and is promptly harassed by some cowboys. Shortly after he finds that he gets into a little fight and the sheriff realizes he’s a wanted man and detains him. Upon attempting to transfer him to another location the town finds itself ambushed by aliens and a few people are abducted. Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) is in possession of the only weapon that came do some real damage to the alien ships, so they set off to discover who Jake is and to get their people back.
It’s been about two decades since we first saw “Tron” as one of those TV movies of the week. While the basic story was fun (good versus evil, neon Frisbees, etc), the plot was somewhat convoluted for computer illiterates and quite honestly, a little corny. However, the florescent world that director Steven Lisberger envisioned is one of the most aesthetically pioneering landscapes ever captured on film. Originally a box office failure, “Tron” found a loyal and increasing fanbase that understood how ahead of its time this Sci-Fi darling truly was. Attempting to capitalize on the first movie’s longevity, and finally make a franchise out of it, Disney pushed “Tron: Legacy” as this Christmas’ showcase feature; And if something has to be said about the Mickey, the mouse doesn't play around: with a close to 200 million dollar budget and a 3-D wide release, a lot is riding on the light cycles of this revamped series.