When I first saw the trailer for "Cowboys and Aliens" I thought, here we go another uninteresting action filled film, that lacks anything a good traditional science fiction film would have.
However, I was proven wrong. "Cowboys and Aliens" is done well and has characters and relationships we actually care about. This is unusual with the way films are made today.
Daniel Craig is Jake Longergan the wanted man with a past he cannot remember. Harrison Ford is Woodrow Dolarhyde the business man who provides most of the work for Absolution , the small town, in which the film takes place. Both actors play their roles well and Ford is given some priceless lines that will not be soon forgotten.
Jake Lonergan is the anti-hero in this western, without a doubt. The way in which we see Lonergan's path unfold is like any seen in a John Wayne classic. However, it is the fact that Longergan is an amnesiac that sets this film apart from this summer's blockbusters. Especially when we have films like "Priest" which rely on the lead character's intuition and "knowing".
"Cowboys and Aliens" is in a couple of words the perfect summer movie. The pacing is right , the acting is superb, and the story is well thought out and makes you ask questions.
"Cowboys and Aliens" also stars Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, and Sam Rockwell as Doc. "Cowboys and Aliens" is one of the better summer movies of 2011. If you want a western with a twist, this is it.