News/ Updates
DVD Reviews
Blu-ray Reviews
Movie Reviews
TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

Movie review by David Blackwell
118 minutes, rated PG-13
STUDIO:  Dreamworks Pictures/ Universal Pictures
Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  7-29-2011

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.


this movie review is (c)8-2-2011 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com