Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Rated PG-13

cowboys & aliens

Aliens attack Earth in the Wild West of 1843. A group of cowboys and Native Americans band together to fight them. Based on the graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. Starring Daniel Craig, Abigail Spencer, Buck Taylor, Paul Dano, Adam Beach, Sam Rockwell

Why didn’t someone come up with this idea before?  We always have the aliens attacking in present day or the future; why not 150 years ago?  One aspect of the movie that I especially appreciated- and that most alien invasion movies lack- was the attention to character development.  True to the western genre, each character has a solid background, which informs his present position and decisions. Overall, the film doesn’t quite satisfy either as a western or as an alien film, but it is passable.  It is worth a watch.


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