July 29

Cowboys and Aliens

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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

PG-13 119 min - Action, Science Fiction, Thriller, Western - 29 July 2011

A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival.

Director:  Jon Favreau
Stars:  Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Walton Goggins, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Ana de la Reguera, Abigail Spencer, Noah Ringer, David O'Hara, Toby Huss, Raoul Max Trujillo, David Midthunder, Matthew Taylor, Brian Duffy, Brendan Wayne, Gavin Grazer, Wyatt Russell, Julio Cedillo, Chad Randall

Storyline

A stranger stumbles into the desert town of Absolution with no memory of his past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty Ella and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde, he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from beyond this world in an epic showdown for survival.


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Tagline: First Contact. Last Stand.

Details

Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  29 July 2011

Box Office

Budget:  $163,000,000
Revenue:  $174,822,325

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Imagine Entertainment, DreamWorks SKG, Universal Pictures, platinum studios, Reliance Entertainment, Relativity Media, K/O Paper Products, Fairview Entertainment, K/O Camera Toys

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 59 min

by Ginger

This week’s family movie reviews take you from World War II to the Wild West. The year is 1873 and aliens have landed in Arizona. No, this is not a movie about Roswell, but aliens and Arizona seem to go together for some reason. In this movie, a stranger who has absolutely no memory of his past stumbles into the remote desert town of Absolution. When he arrives in town, people do not exactly roll out the red carpet and welcome him with open arms. It seems that they don’t like strangers in that part of the Arizona Territory, particularly those who have no memory of their past and come in wearing a mysterious alien shackle on their wrist.

Absolution, Arizona thinks that it has a lot of trouble. They have a Sheriff that runs the town with an iron fist, played appropriately by Harrison Ford. He’s a tough guy and has the people living in fear of him. Well, this family guide to the movies has more in store Pardner, and the people of Absolution absolutely forget about their problems with their Sheriff when the aliens arrive.

Well, you know how aliens are, sweeping down on innocent people out of nowhere and taking them to who knows where. One by one the people of absolution are abducted by aliens. The stranger that they rejected slowly starts to regain his memory and when he knows where he’s been, he becomes the town’s only hope.

This movie was rated PG 13 for the intense scenes of violence. This movie combines Sci-Fi with the classic western adventure. It has some partial nudity and a few not so appropriate for small children comments. Other than that, it’s just your everyday average cowboy vs. aliens action flick. This movie reminded me of War of the Worlds meets High Noon. I would not suggest taking small children to it, because they might have nightmares about alien abductions and you might end up with little extra guests in your bed at night. This movie is just too scary for the little ones.

If you have a preteen or older take them to go see it, if not just for curiosity. This family guide to the movies thinks this is one of the most original concepts that has came along in a long time. The genre of the movie is steam punk and if you are a parent who doesn’t know what that is yet, go to the movie and you will probably be educated about this new form of fashion for teens.

This is a fun movie with an original concept and is sure to spark your imagination. This movie is bigger and better than anything that has been done in a long time. You can’t go wrong with Ron Howard as the director and Harrison Ford as lead. Aliens and cowboys, what more could the kid in you ever want? Just leave the little ones at the sitter.


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