On CLIPS In August, 2011
COWBOYS & ALIENS
Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this story of space invaders against cowboys in the Wild West.
TRIVIA: What 1967 Glenn Ford theatrical western featured Harrison Ford in a small role?
(4 CAMS) RATED PG-13
A lone gunslinger (Daniel Craig) with amnesia and a strange metal bracelet attached to his arm rides into the Old West town of Absolution, run with an iron fist by Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). Also headed to town: invaders from space bent on death and destruction. Now the humans must unite against this terrifying force, with the enigmatic stranger as their only hope for salvation. "Cowboys & Aliens" is an old-fashioned matinee flick that's pure fun for lovers of both western and sci-fi thrillers. With good special effects, exciting confrontations and a stellar cast, director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") manages to make up for a very predictable plot. Daniel Craig stands tall as the hero, a cross between Yul Brynner's iconic gunfighter in "The Magnificent Seven" and Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name. Harrison Ford is outstanding as a combative and grizzled rancher out to rescue his kidnapped son from the aliens. The beautiful Olivia Wilde is Ella, a fetching damsel who can take care of herself. Also along for the ride are Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach, Walton Goggins, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown and "Gunsmoke" regular Buck Taylor. A thunderous western score by Harry Gregson-Williams accompanies the sweeping vistas of the rugged Southwest by cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I longed for a melding of my two favorite genres. Maybe this isn't perfect, but I'm not disappointed. As "The Searchers" meets "Predator", "Cowboys & Aliens" is a wild and spaced-out horse opera.