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Cowboys And Aliens

In 1873 Arizona, a loner named Jake Lonergan (Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people, including Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Ford), who rules the town with an iron fist. But Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when mysterious forces attack the town from the sky, taking anyone in their path. While Jake`s shackle holds the key to defeating them, he must align himself with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to make a stand against this mysterious and powerful foe.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 9 Aug 2011
Genre: Action / Thriller / Science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Noah Ringer, Clancy Brown
Director: Jon Favreau
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Hidalgo” “Indiana Jones” and “Casino Royale”

Director John Favreau ("Iron Man") might seem crazy to most, mashing up two of the most ancient genres together in one film, but strangely it works. Coming up with the film title "Cowboys and Aliens" and filling it with one talented cast after another, John Favreau proves that he can make a ridiculous idea of a film into something highly entertaining.

Already from the trailer audiences can expect the effects to be the epitome of the movie, and that is exactly what they'll get especially for audiences who wish to watch the movie in IMAX 3D. If you have an affinity for alien movies, shooting lasers and unidentified flying objects, then save to say, the effects of the movie can be fully experienced through the IMAX 3D version.

The movie starts off by introducing us to a bloody and battered cowboy. He has no recollection of his name or whereabouts, and strapped to his wrist is a strange metallic bracelet. Through a series of events we soon learn that he's Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), a wanted outlaw. He is then thrown in jail, where people are waiting for the arrival of a crusty cattle baron (Harrison Ford) on the mission to retrieve his son (Paul Dano). During the prison transfer, with strange lights surrounding the sky followed by the firing of alien lasers; Jake then realizes that the bracelet on his wrist is capable of taking down UFOs. Having to put all differences aside, the cattle baron Colonel Dolarhyde, forms a team that includes Jake to hunt down the aliens that abducted his son.

The cast was greatly developed and rightfully assigned. Daniel Craig ("Casino Royale") as a cowboy was unimaginable at first, that is until he puts on a pretty good American accent where one will see he is perfect for the part, that and him being paired up with Harrison Ford ("Indiana Jones") in an action flick is really quite perfect. Plus who better to play a grouchy cattle baron with a big heart other than Harrison Ford, adding his previous performance from "Morning Glory" mashed up with some Indiana Jones, making him the obvious choice for the part. Other supporting casts, such as Olivia Wilde as Ella Swenson, Sam Rockwell as Doc and Paul Dano as Percy Dolarhyde, all played their roles as good as it could've been.

Truth be told, the plot was the weakest link in this film, with the first 90 minutes of unanswered questions and then later cramping all of it in the final 20 minutes or so, is really quite unforgivable. The script on the other hand was well written, with a bunch of funny one-liners, one would find themselves giggling on various occasions. Action wise- it was packed full of it, the combination of Daniel Craig's coolness and Harrison Ford's roughness in a fast paced action film is something any moviegoer will appreciate. However, the aliens were disappointing, not what one would expect (think ninja turtles gone bad and you've pretty much got the idea).

All in all, the part sci-fi, part western film is well worth watching on the big screen. Try concentrating less on how ridiculous the story is, watch the film for its unique action scenes (it's not every day that you're able to watch a bunch of cowboys and Indians go all out on some aliens) and you will guarantee yourselves a fun and satisfying time in front of the big screen.

Cinema Online, 10 August 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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