Jake Lonegran (Daniel Craig) wakes
up in the desert with no memory and a weird metal bracelet on his wrist. He
wanders into town and soon finds out about a past he has no memory of. He is
bound to clash with Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) who wants his gold back (which Jake robbed), but it is all interrupted
when aliens (aka demons) start kidnapping people from town. The two must
team together with a mysterious woman (Olivia Wilde), a young boy, a bar owner,
and an Indian (Adam Beach) that Dolarhyde took in years ago. Their mission is
to find the aliens and rescue the people that were taken.
COWBOYS AND ALIENS has a good opening set up only to move into action that
keeps the pace going up high. We only know a little about the characters
from what others say about them. Jake Lonegran discovers things about himself
through fragments of forgotten memories. Colonel Dolarhyde is a rough and
tumble type who tries to be fair to people, but you don't really know much about him.
It isn't the most developed character Harrison Ford has played. This
movie is Daniel Craig's show (Daniel gets bonus points for saying his favorite Harrison Ford is BLADE RUNNER). Still I felt I knew more about the characters in director Jon Farveau's previous two films, IRON
MAN and IRON MAN 2. COWBOYS AND ALIENS has so many cooks in the writing
of this script- look at the number people credited with writing the screenplay (which is adapted from the comic book of the
same name). The end result is a script that lacks complexity or much character
development because they decided they wanted an average summer popcorn film. Maybe I will like it better with repeat
viewing, but it is just your average diverting summer popcorn film.
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