‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Review

Movies
August 11, 2011

Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig saddle up to fight space invaders

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Cowboys & Aliens
Starring Daniel Craig & Harrison Ford
Directed by Jon Favreau
118 minutes, PG-13
Release date July 29, 2011

Two action-actor icons, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, pony up to fight some nasty, not-of-this-Earth troublemakers in Cowboys & Aliens, a movie about exactly what its title suggests.

Among many other roles, Ford is best remembered for his swashbuckling adventures as intrepid explorer Indiana Jones. Craig rebooted the James Bond franchise in 2006, playing the suave, death-defying British superspy in Casino Royale and its 2008 sequel, Quantum of Solace.

In this mash-up of two of Hollywood’s most durable genres—Westerns and sci-fi—the two actors play high-noon hombres on different sides of the law, banded together by fate to fight a common ememy. They’re not Indy and 007, but echoes of both roles ring out as Ford and Craig race, chase, grunt, glare, shoot and scuffle their way across an Old West gauntlet of flying saucers, explosions and viscous intergalactic interlopers.

Ford is Woodrow Dolarhyde, a gruff cattle baron with a considerable amount of clout. Craig is Jake Lonergan, a buff-n-tuff stranger who rides into town with a bad case of amnesia—and a strange metallic gizmo affixed to his forearm.

Olivia Wilde sprinkles some va-va-voom into the trail dust as a beautiful young woman of ill repute who may know more about the aliens than she initially lets on. Paul Dano is Dolarhyde’s spoiled son, snatched up, up and away in a jarring nighttime air assault by the predators on terrified townsfolk.

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