Here’s a partial list of the directors, actors and producers….
So why on earth is this film so boring, so predictable, so hum-drum? What went wrong? It’s a failure of cliche upon cliche. The first half of the film is a fine, albeit rote repetition of cowboy movies. Daniel Craig speaks nary a word for much of that first half, and understandably so — nothing really happens. He wakes in the desert, not knowing where he comes from or how he got there, but soon he sees that he is a wanted bank robber and fugitive. Can the mysterious Olivia Wilde help him remember???? Good heavens, I hope so.
Anyways, the film picks up after the aliens arrive, but only barely. Action scenes are completely predictable, and lead nowhere. The plot is just soooooo easy to see: enemies must unite against a common foe, the mean-spirited cattle ranchers are just misunderstood with past lives filled with hardship, and maybe–just maybe– if they work together, they can blow those aliens to hell.
I am at a loss to explain why this movie is as dull as it is. The actors do what they can, and act the hell out of what they’re given. But that’s just not enough to make COWBOYS AND ALIENS any good. I find it incredible that this roster of talent and pool of resources could churn out a film so by the numbers and unfulfilling. It’s a damned shame.