“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 doesn’t sound like much to connect with except watching a little adventure, right? That’s where we wish we were wrong. There is little to no real reason to connect with the characters. The screenplay could have used some work in this department. It’s an interesting enough story, alien motivations aside, but there just isn’t anything all that thrilling or deep, in a character sense, about it.
The film is well directed. The effects are well handled, but I can’t really agree much with the design. It’s not bad, but they just look like overgrown crustacean.
Performances are good for what was required of the actors in the story. Daniel Craig is always a good badass, but Harrison Ford is a tad underused in this film. Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell are potentially a bit underused as well, but that’s the scripts fault.
“Cowboys and Aliens” isn’t something to run out and catch and even on DVD there is no rush. This movie is more like one of those that when you catch it on TV you are entertained enough, but you’ll likely forget it soon after it’s over.
Two more notes:
1. It’s ridiculous that a movie that lacks any real character growth and/or charm took FIVE freaking writers.
2. Jake Lonergan? Really LONERgan? Ugh.