Cowboys & Aliens

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: -3

Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde. Action/sci-fi-western. Directed by Jon Favreau.

FILM SYNOPSIS: In the Old West, a lone cowboy leads an uprising against a terror from beyond our world. The Daniel Craig character slowly recovers from amnesia, discovering alien beings are kidnapping humans in order to study our weaknesses with the intent of later invading the entire planet. Harrison Ford is a grumpy land baron whose son has been abducted by the space creatures. Together they unite, along with an Indian tribe, to battle the intergalactic invaders.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Itís the best action adventure film of the year. And why not, its producers include both Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg. The two leads are charismatic and demonstrate why one is James Bond, the other Indiana Jones Ė they simply hold us to the screen with their presence.

The action sequences, though intense, are well staged and energized by Jon Favreuís astute direction. There are positive messages, both about faith and symbolically about earthlings needing to ban together in order to defeat opposing threats. A kind of Rio Bravo Meets Predator, Cowboys & Aliens is everything the multi-comic-book superhero actioneers wanted to be. Because of these elements, it will make my list of best films of the year. Wish I could stop right there. Alas, a warning cometh.

It is intense. Certainly far too violent for children under 10 or for those sensitive about constant turmoil. Normally, too much of that disturbs me as well. But itís an action film handled with such precision and know-how that you get to rooting for the good guys and clapping at the destruction of the bad guys. But beware: itís too much for little ones. Donít be taking them just cause you canít get a babysitter. Canít get someone to watch the kids? Then donít go.

The other objection? Those of you who follow my critiques can guess Ė itís the language. Though not as heavy on objectionable dialogue as most action adventure films of late, it is peppered with obscenities and both leads get an opportunity to profane Godís name. But this is somewhat evened out by a prominent character who happens to be a caring and wise preacher, a man of the cloth who speaks of faith. And at a burial, several characters bow in prayer, attempting to honor their fallen comrade and show respect for their Creator.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: A couple of crude sexual innuendos by coarse young fellows.

Obscene Language: Four or five obscenities Ė SOB Ė and several minor expletives Ė hell and damn.

Profanity: Four uses of Godís name followed by a curse and one misuse of Jesusí name.

Violence: The action consists of aliens brutalizing their captives on the examination table and sudden attacks on the townís people; cowboys punching one another and everybody uniting to battle against the slimy and grotesque creatures from space; explosions, shootings, stabbings, etc. Blood: There is some blood after people get beat up or shot; and the aliens have green blood and it gets spilled often.

Sex: None

Nudity: We see a woman without her clothes, but it is shot in a discriminating manner.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some whiskey drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 105 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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