Slated for release this coming August 14th, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’s second official trailer was streamed at the San Diego Comic-Con International over the weekend. And it’s just marvelous!
I wonder if this will be some kind of test whether Henry Cavill truly deserves to be Daniel Craig’s predecessor as James Bond. As much as I’d loved for him to tackle that role eventually, I’ve a feeling that it’d be given to another actor once Craig retired from the role. Henry Cavill after all (I mean just after Man Of Steel) became the most iconic actor to play superman in this century thus far. Anyways, going back to the film – let’s just try to see all those explosions and a lot of Hugh Grant in this second official trailer. Enjoy!
Henry Cavill and Army Hammer
via Entertainment Weekly
Cowboys and Aliens is based on the 2006 graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, which I haven’t read prior to watching this film. The movie starts with a stranger (Daniel Craig) who wakes up in the desert town of Absolution with no memory at all. The only clue to who he might be is a weird bracelet attached to his wrist. Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) whose power is feared by the town’s people ran the town of Absolution.
At the night when the mysterious alien spaceships arrive in town and abduct most of its people one by one, the stranger whose name is Jake and is wanted for several crimes according to the town’s sheriff, discovers the use of his bracelet and collaborates with the cowboys to hunt the aliens and save those who were abducted.
I was thinking upon seeing the film’s trailer that it’d be a really interesting watch and something that would be a mash-up between Indiana Jones and James Bond boasting both actors who played each character. I was however a bit disappointed with the several loopholes presented in the film. Everything got mixed-up for me. First, the aliens’ objective to attack to accumulate gold lacks narrative (this is from someone who have not read the book.)
Ella’s scenes (Olivia Wilde) were a bit off because she would just pop out and it was distracting in the serious tone of the film. She always looks good and clean in the film’s dusty setting which kind of reminds me of Megan Fox in Transformers. Although her character is somewhat important because she knows stuff about Jake and the aliens, her dialogue didn’t give much information. Moreover, what exactly do the aliens want from Jake? They remind me of the prawns in District 9 but more grotesque and cartoon-like. Also, the scene which I’m just totally clueless about was the “light” the abductees are looking at. Exactly what is that? A hypnotism device of some sort?
Both Craig and Ford were actually okay and delivered most parts like how they should be delivered, it’s just that you will not feel for them because there’s no connection from them at all. I am not saying that it is a bad film. In general, it took me to that level where I’m expecting a lot of guns shooting and killing with the humans winning. I am just surprised with its mediocrity. The concept may be new to the ear but the scenes – I have seen them before.
Based on the graphic novel of Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Director: John Favreau
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Clancy Brown, Keith Carradine, Noah Ringer
@ the Philippine Premiere of Cowboys And Aliens
SM Noth Edsa IMAX Cinema c/o Pinoy Exchange
This review was first posted at the Official PeX Movie Reviews at Pinoy Exchange.
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Tagged Clancy Brown, Cowboys And Aliens, Daniel Craig, Film Review, Harrison Ford, John Favreau, Keith Carradine, Noah Ringer, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Pinoy Exchange, Sam Rockwell, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg