Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
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Olivia Wilde … Ella
Harrison Ford … Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde
Daniel Craig … Jake Lonergan
Sam Rockwell … Doc
Paul Dano … Percy
Clancy Brown … Meacham
Keith Carradine … Sheriff Taggart
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Jon Favreau … executive producer
Ron Howard … producer
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“First contact. Last stand.”
I wasn’t quite sure what I to expect when deciding to review “Cowboys and Aliens.” I had, unfortunately, read other reviews online from other critics who had not spoken highly of this movie. However, I did not let that stop me from going to see it and decide for myself whether or not this movie good.
Cinematically speaking, “Cowboys and Aliens” is average for its genre. The performances are excellent, by both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Olivia Wilde also puts in a good appearance, as well. The camera work is good. The orchestration is just right. The weakest aspect is the film’s plot. Parts of this movie are just not developed well. However, despite plot weaknesses, the film is reasonably enjoyable.
Violence: Heavy. There are multiple scenes of gunshots, beatings, aliens being stabbed, towns people being abducted by aliens, explosions, incisions, blood, blood spurts and spray, violent talk, etc. There are two scenes where men are kicked in the groin. There are also scenes where some of the aliens can be seen eating townspeople.
Profanity: Moderate. Four uses of d**n, several instances of h*ll, two instances of the word b**ch, sh*t (2), S.O.B. (4). Other profanity includes a scene in which one of the marshals says something about “slapping your balls around”. One of the characters mentions someone “killing a prostitute”. A character uses the word whore, and the Lord’s name is taken in vain (G**d***n (4), J*sus (1), plus “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” and “Oh G*d” (1).
Sex/Nudity: Moderate. There is a scene where a man pulls down his pants to bathe in a lake. There is also a scene of a completely nude female (shot from behind and very briefly showing back and partial buttocks). There are also a couple mild, but brief scenes of sexuality, as well.
At the beginning of the movie, the town’s preacher speaks to one of the characters about how important it is to have faith, and the importance of acting on our faith when God’s presence is among us. The Bible has a lot to say about faith and how important it’s not only to have it, but to act on it, as well. It’s not just enough to believe in Jesus Christ. If we love Him we need to serve Him, as well.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead.” —James 2:26 (NIV)
In short, “Cowboys and Aliens” is somewhat interesting and entertaining, but not above average, in my opinion. Viewers should beware of its heavy violence (sometimes brutal and bloody), profanity, vulgarity, and the nudity. It is not suitable for youngsters.
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