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Cowboys & Aliens drags 

Indiana Jones/James Bond pairing fails to make scifi/western work

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Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens is what you expect: a sci-fi action movie set in a lawless world of saloons and guns. An amnesiac cowboy wearing a digitized wristband that shoots stuff (Daniel Craig) ambles about wreaking havoc, killing some nasty looking aliens who’ve taken people hostage. The town’s head honcho (Harrison Ford), a mysterious woman (Olivia Wilde) and a team of Apaches help Craig save the planet. Despite the millions of explosions and gunshots it takes to kill a posse of aliens, it drags on as the badass-ery wears off, exposing the movie’s absurdity. I imagine Favreau, realizing stranger movies exist, thought "Why not marry a Western with the otherworldly?" In practise, he could’ve ditched the aliens or the West: not even the Craig-Ford combo can make this gel.

Cowboys & Aliens
Rated PG-13 (MPAA) · 118 min. · 2011
Official Site: www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby
Producer: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano and Noah Ringer

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