Ever heard of the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover?”  Well, don’t judge a movie by its title.   I thought this movie was part comedy due to the title, and I was wrong.  Yes, there are some funny moments here and there, but overall this is a serious, Western/Sci-Fi movie.  The opening scene sets the tone for this movie, where several men are quickly killed in a brutal fashion.  That pretty much ruined my notion that I was watching a Western/Sci-Fi/Comedy.

“Cowboys & Aliens” is about an alien race that comes to the western part of the U.S. back in the 1800s to seek that which they deem to be rare and valuable.  The humans get in their way and so they are killed or kidnapped for experimentation.  Cowboys, being rough and tumble and not taking crap from anyone, decide to look for where the aliens are holed up and lynch every single one of them.  There’s a problem with that idea though.  The aliens are much more advanced technologically and physically.

The movie stars Daniel Craig, and we first see him waking up with a nasty wound to his side and wearing a gaudy looking bracelet on his left wrist that even Liberace wouldn’t wear.  Is he human?  Is he an alien?  Is he a Western fruit cake?  Even Craig doesn’t know, as he has amnesia.  We find out later that the Chandler Bing, Liberace House of Crap bracelet is actually an alien weapon that he got by accident.   How Craig got the weapon is one of the stupid things in this movie.  Basically an alien takes off his bracelet weapon and places it next to the wrist of Craig, his prisoner.  Why?  You tell me, dude.

How can an alien race so advanced as to build spaceships do something so retarded as leave their weapon next to the hands of their prisoners?  It makes no sense right?  But then again having advanced technology doesn’t always come with common sense.  We humans have built spaceships.  And we do the most stupid things like: believe what our politicians promise us; readily give up our freedoms that millions have fought and suffered for just to feel a little more safe; ingest things that we know will give us cancer; buy more than what we need and so we end up in debt for the rest of our lives; spend so much of our free time watching tv shows that keep us distracted from the real news that is happening all around us, etc., etc.

So, Craig teams up with Harrison Ford (who plays a mean, old fart who always looks like he’s trying to pass hard stool) and other cowboys and one cowgirl and a bunch of Chiricahua Apaches to rescue the people who have been kidnapped, get payback, and keep the aliens from invading the rest of the U.S.  There are a lot of action, a body count of maybe 3 dozen and  vicious and gory kills.  This movie is not for the rugrats.

My most memorable, movie moment is the scene where — spoiler alert here — one of the main characters comes back to life.  It turns out this person is not human, but part of an alien race that has been invaded and almost wiped out by the aliens invading Earth.

I like this movie.  Not enough to buy it, but enough to watch it one or two more times.   It’s not “Unforgiven” nor is it “Alien,” but it is good entertainment.

M

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