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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

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Jon Favreau

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Roberto Orci (screenplay), Alex Kurtzman (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... Jake Lonergan
Abigail Spencer ... Alice
Buck Taylor ... Wes Claiborne
Matthew Taylor ... Luke Claiborne (as Matt Taylor)
Cooper Taylor Cooper Taylor ... Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown ... Meacham
Paul Dano ... Percy Dolarhyde
Chris Browning ... Jed Parker
Adam Beach ... Nat Colorado
Sam Rockwell ... Doc
Ana de la Reguera ... Maria (as Ana De La Reguera)
Noah Ringer ... Emmett Taggart
Brian Duffy ... Deputy
Olivia Wilde ... Ella Swenson
Keith Carradine ... Sheriff John Taggart
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Storyline

The Old West.. where a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. 1873. New Mexico Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a ... Written by Universal Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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First contact. Last stand.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | India

Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cowboys & Aliens See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$163,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,431,290, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$100,240,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,822,325
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman described the film as "Unforgiven (1992) with aliens landing." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, while the townsfolk are constructing buildings in the town, one man takes a short piece of cladding up a ladder and it turns revealing a a factory stamp on the back of the board. In the 1800's these would all come from the local mill making branding unnecessary. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wes Claiborne: [to Jake] We're riding towards Absolution. You know how far west we are?
[Jake doesn't answer]
Mose Claiborne: Maybe he's a dummy.
Wes Claiborne: Is there a reason you're not answering my question?
Mose Claiborne: Look here, Pa. He's got iron on his wrist. He's been shot. Could be done broke out of hoosegow. Might be worth bounty.
Wes Claiborne: Might could be.
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Title Says It All
13 August 2011 | by TourettesPersonalSee all my reviews

It's easy to figure out what Cowboys & Aliens is going to be. I'm not familiar with the comic book that it's based on but the film is definitely what the title has promised us. There are cowboys, then there are aliens. If you are fond to Western movies then you'll be entertained but if you are expecting too much aliens then you might get disappointed. You won't be seeing anything mind blowing in this film. If you want to see Sci-Fi action plus Western Violence then this film is just for you.

Cowboys & Aliens is nothing but to entertain you. The only thing that is unique here is the Western & Sci-Fi collaboration. The film is just your typical Western movie but instead of Indians or some sadistic bandit, the aliens are the antagonist of the film. The aliens are pretty intriguing but we don't see them that much until the third act. It's disappointing if you are expecting too much aliens. The only things we see them do are ride their ships, stab people, shoot with their weapons, & jump scare the audiences. It's also your typical alien invasion film.

At least the action is full of explosions. Jon Favreau sure knows how to make the action scenes exciting no matter how flawed they are. The performances saved most of the film. Daniel Craig's character is actually bland in the script so does Olivia Wilde's, but Craig's performance gives a little more character to the role. I don't know what to say about Olivia Wilde's, she is just hot. Harrison Ford & Sam Rockwell do what they do best. Paul Dano can be both fun to watch and annoying at the same time.

It's easy to recognize that the CGI effects were made by Industrial Light & Magic, since the CGI aliens looks just like any monster from J.J. Abram's films. No doubt, it's good. The score is true to its western themes. The production design is pretty decent enough for a western film.

In the end, Cowboys & Aliens is just another blockbuster released to our cinemas. I don't know if this film is going to be remembered years from now but I think the only purpose of this film is to show its gritty western violence and some sci-fi action. If you're expecting more than the title then you will be disappointed. If you are expecting more aliens than the cowboys then you'll be disappointed. Cowboys are the focus and the aliens end up being the jump scare of the movie. It's not bad nor good though. If you are careless about the story and the character development, & you're just seeking for some sheer action and huge explosions then I can recommended this. But not quite.


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