Cowboys and Aliens 2011

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In Silver City, Arizona, Apache Indians and Western settlers must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.

Starring:
Olivia Wilde,Daniel Craig
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Cowboys and Aliens

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Jon Favreau
Starring Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig
Supporting actors Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Clancy Brown, Ana De La Reguera, Keith Carradine, David O'Hara, Walton Goggins, Abigail Spencer, Adam Beach, Toby Huss, Chris Browning
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
After a somewhat slow start, Cowboys And Aliens turns into a fun scifi western. It's a surprisingly dark and gritty film, playing like a straight western at first. Imagine you're watching an old John Wayne movie. You're enjoying it, and suddenly alien spaceships come out of nowhere blasting everything in sight and kidnapping the locals. That in a nutshell is the plot, sounds ridiculous, looks ridiculous but if not taken seriously, despite the surprisingly dark and gritty tone then it's also a lot of fun. Some good performances, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde are all very good and there's a solid supporting cast too. All the western cliches are there, Daniel Craig is the stranger with no name, Harrison Ford the rich bad man that runs the town and then the spaceships arrive. Very good fx and good action scenes make this a fun movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CJ TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
For 40 minutes or so, this is a good little western. Daniel Craig does a surprisingly good job in the role of mysterious cowboy Jake Lonergan, and Harrison Ford is having a ball as the belligerent Colonel Dolarhyde, who rules the small town of Absolution through a combination of money and fear.

And then the aliens arrive.

To be fair, it doesn't completely de-rail the movie, but from that point onwards events get a little more predictable and lead up to a finale that is heavy on visual effects and light on drama. There are also a few too many good actors in the film who are left with not much to do, which seems such a waste.

Cowboys & Aliens is very well made, and the effects and CG work are top notch. It looks stunning in high definition and the leads take the whole thing just seriously enough for it to mostly work. This movie is not for the squeamish either, it pushes its 12 certificate pretty hard and is quite graphic in places. You see scalps in the first few minutes, for example.

So overall it's an OK watch. But after the opening I couldn't help wondering how well Jon Favreau would do with a full-blooded western rather than this odd hybrid. He's a good director, but this film doesn't work quite as well as its awesome title.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
"Cowboys and Aliens" is one of those movies you simply have to check out just because of the title. Even more so when you find out it stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Well, it isn't quite the awesomefest that the title would lead you to believe, but it is an entertaining Western-with-a-sci-fi-twist with some unexpected twists and a cast of magnificently talented actors. The aliens' reason for being on Earth is kind of flimsy, but if you can ignore that, then enjoy some energy-blasting action, creepy aliens and strong performances from ALMOST everybody.

A man (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the desert with no memory of who he is or how he got there. The only clues are a mysterious wound in his side, and a metal bracelet on his arm. After kicking bandit butt, he rides into the nearby town of Absolution and quickly gets arrested, since it turns out he's a wanted outlaw named Jake Lonergan, who's stolen gold and is suspected of murdering a prostitute.

But his imprisonment is interrupted twice -- first by the dictatorial ex-soldier, Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford), and then by alien ships swooping in and kidnapping several people. Jake also discovers that his metal bracelet can fire blasts of energy that destroy one of the alien ships.

So the remaining townsfolk (plus a dog) all set out to pursue the alien ships, and get their loved ones back. But a mysterious woman (Olivia Wilde) eventually reveals that she has special knowledge of these aliens -- and the key to defeating them may lie in Lonergan's blocked memories. Can a bunch of cowboys and Indians take down a spaceship of roaring green aliens?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marteno on 19 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What an odd combination. Even now having watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it, I can't quite get my head around it.

I've always felt that any film can be elevated by top notch actors. Think Star Wars, X-Men or Lord of the Rings. All of them have a wealth of seasoned and highly talented actors in tow. And Cowboys and Aliens is no different.

Daniel Craig is fantastic in the role of gun fighter/outlaw and Harrison Ford brilliant as a John Wayne esque ranch owner/ex civil war veteran. They both bring enough acting talent and gravitas to the film to outweigh the film's eyebrow raising premise.

The first 30 minutes or so are spent building the characters and it's flawless. It completely hooked me in. The balance of the film played out as expected, the aliens finally take a beating and that was that. I had a great time and I'm quite sure it's a film I'll be watching again.

However, if I'm wearing my critical hat I'd have to say that although a properly enjoyable B-movie in the vein of Independence Day, I reckon with this cast they could have made a really top quality western. I'm not sure they needed the aliens. Before watching the film I could not imagine Daniel Craig playing a cowboy. After watching it, I'm struggling to think of many actors past or present who can play the tough, silent, ruthless gunslinger any better. Seriously his performance was up there with Clint Eastwood or John Wayne.

I reckon there's a western revival coming and Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford should be at the head of the queue.

I'd almost say this film was a missed opportunity, but it really wasn't, I thoroughly enjoyed it. But as I said, I still can't quite get my head around it.

If you like westerns and you like good sci-fi then this is the film for you. Don't take it too seriously and it'll scratch most of your itches.
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