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Old Movie Review: Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

Some friends and I rented this movie the other night on kind of a lark… well, actually, they wanted to see it, and I was willing; so, we saw it. I wasn’t expecting much. I mean, something named “Cowboys and Aliens” just strikes me as silly. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel of some sort. The premise is basically in the title: space aliens versus cowboys. Like I said, kind of silly. The cowboys really shouldn’t stand much of a chance. But, of course, in Hollywood anything is possible.

 

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the film. It was an intriguing blend of mystery and action, there were even some elements of horror. Not only were the aliens technologically superior, they were physically superior as well. So, it was a real David and Goliath type of scenario. The only advantage (and it wasn’t so much an advantage as an equalizer) the cowboys had was that one of them (Daniel Craig’s character) had an advanced alien weapon attached to his wrist. This he used to great effect throughout the movie.

 

The movie stars Daniel Craig as the ruffian Jake Lonergan and Harrison Ford as the retired army officer Colonel Dollarhide. Both are rough and tumble sort of characters who are at each others throats early in the film, but then put their differences aside to go and hunt some aliens with a collection of other cowboys, bandits, and even some Indians for good measure. The aliens are responsible for a number of abductions and attacks throughout the area. The only truly effective weapon the good guys have is the aforementioned device on Jake Lonergan’s arm. Things like guns, bows, and spears work to a certain extent but just lack that guaranteed lethality that they have against humans.

 

The movie kept me interested and seemed plausible enough (assuming you accept the premise) up until one instance where a woman walks out of a fire amid a spectacular pyrotechnic display. We are shortly informed that she is an alien from another world, but my first response was that they were throwing in weird mysticism and magic which didn’t really belong in a sci-fi film. There are a couple questions they leave unanswered in the film, like how did this woman get to earth, but after that one bit with the fire that I’m still a little irritated by (it was just an excuse to startle us with special effects) the movie returned to a “rational” sequence of events.

 

Overall, it was definitely better than I expected. I don’t intend to buy it, but it was worth seeing the one time. I’ll give it three and a half stars.

Movie Review: Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

Okay, so this is more Sci-Fi than it is fantasy, but it’s my blog and I can do what I want with it. J Anyway, “Prometheus” is intended as the prequel to the “Alien/Aliens” series of movies from the 80’s and 90’s, you know, the ones with Ripley, her cat, and the nasties that crawled out of people’s chests and stomachs?

 

The story begins with a tiny bit of backstory: a pair of archeologists/anthropologists find a cave painting with a specific configuration of stars on the wall associated with seemingly gigantic beings. They note that it is the same configuration they’ve found in the ancient artwork of several other human civilizations separated by thousands of years and untold miles. That’s the hook. It could have been developed more, but from there the movie goes straight to the voyage of the space vessel Prometheus, a human space ship containing the two archeologists/anthropologists, a crew of other scientists, and, of course, an android. The Prometheus is en route to a planet from the system depicted by the artwork. It arrives, the android wakes every one up from cryo-sleep, and the fun begins.

 

The ship lands on the planet and the crew begins to investigate some ruins. Soon enough, however, various members of the crew are killed by… various things/events/methods. Then, it becomes apparent that all life on Earth is threatened by what these scientists have discovered and they must act quickly before their lovely home world is doomed.

 

That’s the brief summary.

 

Overall, I thought the movie was pretty good, but not fantastic. The first half of the movie was really good, although, like I said, I wish they had taken more time to develop the backstory some more. In fact, I almost kind of wish someone would make a movie, a good movie, but not a horror movie, with that kind of plot… Ancient Aliens visited us in our past, and we now undertake a mission to meet them. Anyway, with respect to “Prometheus” I jumped—I admit it—several times during the movie, which is good for a horror movie. The suspense throughout was good. But about halfway through the movie things just stopped being as appealing for me. It wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, but maybe I’ve just seen too many of these stupid things to really get full enjoyment from them.

 

In the final analysis, I’ll give it three and a half out of five stars.