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Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

Sci-Fi-Western mishmash


Brian Grazer,Ron Howard,Alex Kurtzman,Damon Lindelof,Roberto Orci,Scott Mitchell Rosenberg


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Jon Favreau


Mark Fergus,Hawk Ostby,Steve Oedekerk


Daniel Craig,Harrison Ford,Olivia Wilde

Cowboys & Aliens is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. A loner named Jake Lonergan awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist. He enters the town of Absolution where he learns that he is a notorious criminal wanted by many people,including Colonel Dolarhyde,who rules the town with an iron fist. Absolution soon faces an even greater threat when alien spaceships attack the town. While his shackle holds the key to defeating the aliens,Lonergan must ally with Dolarhyde and other former enemies like the Indian tribes to make a stand against them.

Cowboys & Aliens begins like a Bourne movie,with Daniel Craig playing a stone-cold killer who wakes up in the middle of the New Mexico desert,his memory a blank. After the muddled Iron Man 2,this feels like a return to a more coherent storytelling style for Jon Favreau,who finds imaginative ways to introduce each character before bringing on the mayhem.

Shot to look Clint Eastwood-tall,Daniel Craig offsets much of the film’s hamminess through the same brute mix of ruthlessness and sensitivity he brought to the recent 007 film. Olivia Wilde,who plays his equally enigmatic love interest,works in the opposite direction,however.

Thirty years ago,Harrison Ford could have easily tackled the lead role in such an adventure. Historically speaking,sci-fi killed the Western genre. Instead of looking back,Hollywood projected its themes of frontier survivalism and fear of the other with the equally lawless realms of outer space. While the finale uses dragonfly-shaped UFOs; the truly menacing monster design is outrageous with hands coming out of a chest!


One each for story board and production design.

First published on: 05-08-2011 at 15:42 IST
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