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A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hardscrabble desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It's a town that lives in fear.
Action Thriller - This film is exactly what the title says: a western and science fiction mash-up. Fans of Daniel Craig will enjoy but Harrison Ford fans may be disappointed by his more limited screen time. Some action scenes and the alien creature may be too intense for young children.
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; 5 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Fights with aliens and people. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Chases, fights, battles. COMEDY: Occasional comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Cowboys & Aliens has a strong start and an action/special effects-packed climax,...
Roger EbertFull Review Good The movie will no doubt be popular and deserves success. As preposterous moneymakers go, it's ambitious and well-made. The acting from the large cast is of a high standard, ...
USA TodayFull Review Average Cowboys & Aliens teeters into tepid convention and never makes its way out.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 124 moviegoers:
TEENS:A little better than half of both the males and females loved "Cowboys and Aliens." Most of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which isn't bad but it's also not great. For this type of movie, these aren't great reviews from this age group. BUT, keep in mind that over half LOVED IT and you just might be in this half.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! All the females and nearly all the males loved it.
ADULTS:Both the male and female reviews vary widely. A little better than a third loved it. Roughly another third rated it above average. Most of the rest thought it was just an average movie, with a fair number rating it even lower.
1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past
stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history
is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the
people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its
streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford).
It's a town that lives in fear.
But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the
desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with
breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one,
these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.
Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this
gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes
he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien
force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls
together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his
boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against
a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.