Cowboys & Aliens
A while ago i remember clicking onto a show on New Zealand TV one night. The premise of the movie was a Sci-Fi Wild Western set in Space. That show, Firefly, only made it to one season before being axed by the TV execs in the US. However what it represented was a season of completely epic Sci-Fi Entertainment.
A void was created for the fans who loved the mash up idea. Enter Cowboys & Aliens. Could this be a Firefly style Space Western?
Packing a punch from the outset the movie stars Daniel Craig (Bond.. James Bond) and Harrison Ford (Honestly if you don’t know who he is.. sigh) in what promised to be a mash up of Western and Sci-Fi. The story revolves around the main character played by Daniel Craig as he finds himself awaking in the desert with no recollection of his past, how he got there or even what a mysterious bracelet on his arm is. Clearly a man with fighting skills, he ventures in a small town in Arizona.
During his stay he is confronted with a town struggling to exist under a somewhat oppressive benefactor (Harrison Ford), his own past and the mysterious appearance of space craft. During their brief encounter with these alien vehicles many townsfolk are taken away, leading those left behind to forge out in search of them.
The movie does a very good job at rapidly developing characters, and the conflicts between these characters. It’s a film that has quite a lot of back story that reveals itself as the plot unfolds. It is at its heart a western film. This is not so much sci-fi in the sense that the aliens just provide a very clever protagonist for the town and local Indians to rally against. However in saying that the special effects are quite cool, and action sequences have an easy pace to them. It perhaps lacks a little of intensity at some stages, however the storyline is more about reconciliation than it is to do with blowing aliens off the planet.
I loved it. This is a great film to take your partner to. Harrison Ford & Daniel Craig are a great match up, and the supporting cast is fantastic. Plenty of B List actors you will recognise. One disappointment would be Sam Rockwell, he was fantastic but deserved more screen time.
Overall this is a movie that will sit into the top 5 in New Zealand and be a fun night out for all to view.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi