Cowboys and Aliens

"Demons took your gold. When you get to hell, you can ask for it back."    - Jake

release year: 2011
genre: western/sci-fi
viewing setting: home Bluray 2/17/14

synopsis: In the old West, various parties in and around a small mining town must work together to deal with extraterrestrials who have landed nearby.

impressions: This was a serious attempt to crossbreed two very different genres. It was unusual, but fairly entertaining; I can't say that I'd need to watch it again, often. The aliens reminded me of the ones from Starship Troopers in that, when one of them faced off against a human (or several) there was a very strong chance that the human(s) would get shredded. Given that, I'm not sure why the humans kept trying to fight with weapons that weren't working very well. They needed more dynamite.

acting: Daniel Craig is the tough amnesiac who's got an alien weapon. Harrison Ford is the leader of the local gang of tough guys. Olivia Wilde is a strange woman with a secret. Sam Rockwell is a wimpy guy who must learn to be tough. Clancy Brown is a local reverend.

final word: A very unusual mix of genres; entertaining but odd.

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