Who's In It: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine
The Basics: Jake Lonergan (Craig) doesn't remember who he is or where he came from, but he can be sure that the town of Absolution does not care for him. He has some fancy hardware on his wrist, and much like the time I wore vinyl to the debutante ball, he is completely out of place. When mysterious flying machines come from the sky and begin snatching residents and blowing things up, only the mysterious stranger and his shiny bracelet can save the day.
What's The Deal: If you were curious about this movie because you thought there might be more to it than the obvious, don’t overthink it--the title truly is all you're going to get. If you're a stickler for detail, the movie should have been called Cowboys and Aliens and a Weird Lady and Misunderstood Indians. This film, much like the gigantic action movies of the recent past, is heavy on cool computer animation and explosions, but not much else.
Giddyup, Pardner: Every cliche in the Western book is here--tight-lipped outsider, shrewd sheriff, villainous man in charge, rascally kid, uptight doctor, spirited woman, etc. The set and costumes looked great and really clashed against the technology of the advanced civilization. It's one of the most fun examples of genre-blending I have seen in a while. Oh, and FYI there is an abundance of (CG) horse violence in this movie. This is pretty much the worst place to live if you're of the equine persuasion.
Step Aside, Marvin The Martian: Usually the most disappointing part of a creature feature is actually seeing the monster. In this case, the aliens are really violent and disgusting and just keep getting worse. Every time I thought we had reached the Scary Ceiling, nope, we had farther to go. That made the movie much more watchable because again, it doesn't have much. At least they nailed the parts that they advertised in the title.