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Cowboys and Aliens [DVD]


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  • Manufacturer reference: 1080260
  • ASIN: B006YVXJ52
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Jan 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,753 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Cowboys & Aliens

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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82 of 87 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 G. Palmer on 11 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
...instead its just an exciting premise that somehow never translates its full potential to the screen.

The "cowboy" bits especially at the very start are quite gritty and sets you up to think this will have you riveted for the next 100mins or so. Expectations are therefore quite high by the time the "aliens" come into the picture.

But then the pacing of the movie becomes erratic, some things just don't add to the storyline, or add up - Upside down riverboat episode anyone? Or the dog that miraculously survives an alien encounter? Time is spent developing depth to characters that's frankly not needed, and its to the detriment of pacing - I don't want a dose of sentiment or character introspection when watching a movie called "Cowboys and Aliens", let's leave that to "True Grit" or "Unforgiven" or (insert your own favourite gritty and deep cowboy movie here).

Almost as overcompensation for the emotional mawkishness, you are then occasionally entertained with scenes of quite bloody violence, prolonged in the finale. Overall its not quite 'balanced', and frankly you're left feeling there should be more, by the end. But Daniel Craig's great in character, looks quite fetching in chaps, and has a waist that's trimmer than any of his leading ladies.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Emc2 on 7 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I was quite skeptical about this movie. What were they thinking about mixing two completely unlike genres, cowboys, Apaches and aliens together? Well, my mistake. The end result is both a good western and a very credible sci-fi movie. So, out of an apparent weird mix came out an original movie under a plausible story line (Sorry, no spoiler, I will not go into the details of the plot).

I really liked the performance of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde. All three main actors have in common to be associated with their roles in previous serial movies or TV series, where they played the lead or a key role. In this movie they managed to deliver a performance quite different from the character we are used to, particularly Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. I think this is her first key role other than "House" in which you can appreciate the quality of her acting. I hope she gets more opportunities like this to show us her talent.

As for the special effects, they are quite realistic, and it is notable that the insect-like aliens are not hidden with low lighting like in so many alien movies. The amazing thing is that the SFX are not based completely on computer animations (GCI). The film was shot using good old puppets and animatronics for the close-ups, combined with CGI for the battle scenes. Even some of the alien ships were scale models. My only quibble is that one of the alien features resembles a lot the character Kuato in Total Recall [DVD] (no spoiler again). My respects to director Jon Favreau, a great combination of old and new technology.
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1 of 1 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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