After watching the trailer of Cowboys & Aliens for several weeks now, I had high expectations. Imagine the 3 big stars-Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Olivia Wilde (Tron) are in the same movie!
As soon as I got the invite of PLDT Watchpad for the movie premiere, I just couldn’t miss it!
In all honesty, I don’t know how we can mix cowboys with aliens. It’s a pretty unusual mix of characters. How can cowboys who are armed with only their horses and ropes beat high-tech aliens? I was excited to see how the story unfolds in the movie.
The movie started in 1873 when Jake Longergan (Craig) awakens with a wound, a strange metal bracelet and no memory whatsoever. After reaching the small town of Absolution, he learns from the town sheriff that he is wanted and is sent to jail. The town’s ruler (Ford) who is there to retrieve his son who was also sent to jail saw Jake. Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford) is to seek revenge on Jake from stealing gold from him in the past. Then aliens started attacking the town and kidnapping people including Dolarhyde’s son. Jake shoots down one alien ship with his mysterious bracelet. That’s when he realized that his memory loss might be connected with the alien attack. Jake then teams up with Dolarhyde and Ella (Wilde) and the rest of townfolk in fighting the aliens and rescuing their loved ones.
I don’t know why but I felt that the movie was boring. I guess maybe because Cowboys & Aliens was too serious and there wasn’t any humor in the movie. I do appreciate their different take on the aliens though. We are really so tired of seeing Aliens just killing people. This time, the aliens are more interested in gold as well as experimenting with people.
I also appreciate the human elements in the movie. Things like: Father-Son love, Loyalty, heroism, humility and love.
Even though there wasn’t any chemistry between Ford and Craig, I believe that Cowboys & Aliens is still worth watching. You’ll get tons of action and great effects, things people look forward to in a science fiction flick.
My Rating for Cowboys & Aliens: 3.5 out of 5 stars.