Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cowboys and Aliens - Wild Wild West version of 1Malaysia, non?

the Poster:

the Trailer:

the Plot:


In 1873, Arizona Territory, an unnamed loner (Daniel Craig) wakes up in the desert injured, with no memory and with a strange metal shackle on his wrist.

the metal shackle is irremovable

After killing 3 drifters who try to rob him, he takes their clothes, weapons and a horse.

He wanders into the small town of Absolution, where the local preacher, Meacham (Clancy Brown), treats his wound.

doc, the bar owner was fed up getting harrassed by Percy, the son of the town rich

the annoying Percy, son of no good

After the stranger subdues Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), a volatile drunk who has been terrorizing the town, Sheriff Taggart (Keith Carradine) recognizes the stranger as Jake Lonergan, a wanted outlaw, and attempts to arrest him. Jake beats up the posse sent to take him in and nearly escapes, but a mysterious woman named Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde) knocks him out.

Percy's father, Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), a wealthy and ruthless cattleman, arrives with his men and demands that Percy be released from the jail due for Santa Fe.

He sees Jake and also demands he be released to him, since Jake was the one who stole Dolarhyde's gold. During the standoff, alien craft begin attacking the town. Percy, the sheriff and many other townsfolk are grabbed by long, whip-like feelers hanging from the bottom of the alien ships and are abducted.

Jake's shackle unfolds and becomes a weapon, shooting down one of the ships with a single shot, ending the attack.

the townfolks have no interest nor show any awe at seeing a flying craft for the first time in their life.

Dolarhyde is impressed with Jake's ability to shoot down the alien ship.

Ella is the only female with gun, why is it the town not apprehensive about her?

Dolarhyde, his Apache right hand-man Nat (Adam Beach), Ella, Doc (Sam Rockwell), Meacham and other townsfolk form a posse to track an injured alien that escaped from the downed ship. His posse also includes Emmet (Noah Ringer), Taggart's grandson.

Dolarhyde and Emmet

bonding over knife

Jake, meanwhile, travels to an abandoned cabin, and in a flashback, recalls returning there with the gold just before he and a woman, Alice (Abigail Spencer), were abducted by the aliens. His memories returning, Jake joins up with the posse. During the night, while they camp in an upside down paddlewheel steamboat, the alien they were tracking kills Meacham, who sacrifices himself to save Emmett .

By the next morning, most of the posse has deserted, and the others are attacked by Jake's former gang. Jake, who stole the gang's loot after their last heist, attempts to retake control, but fails.

As he and the others flee, the aliens begin attacking again and Ella is captured. Jake jumps aboard the ship and attacks the alien pilot, causing the ship to crash, but Ella is fatally wounded. in delirium, Jake carried her back to the remaining posse.

However the Chiricahua Apaches capture the posse, blaming them for the alien attacks. As Ella's body is dumped on a fire, she is fully resurrected.

Ella resurrected without her clothes on, isk.. wayang free je

Ella reveals herself to be an alien who traveled to Earth to help resist the invaders after they destroyed her homeworld. The aliens, who have been abducting humans to perform experiments, are also mining gold to power their machines. They are not invulnerable, however: Jake's gauntlet weapon can kill them, as well as stabbing and shooting them, though the creatures are far stronger and more durable than humans and have superior weapons.

Ella also claims Jake holds the secret to the aliens' whereabouts and says they must stop them before they exterminate all life on the planet. After taking medicine offered by the Apaches to cure his amnesia, Jake recalls that Alice was euthanized after she was used in an alien experiment, but he escaped, inadvertently stealing the alien weapon in the form of a gauntlet. He could also remember the location of the aliens' base of operations.

the Apache leader believes in Dolarhyde's ability as a leader, oh so easily

Armed with this knowledge, the group including the Apaches as Nat convinces their leader of Dolarhyde's ability as a battle leader, prepares to attack the aliens' grounded mothership.

Jake returns to his old gang, sure of himself, and persuades them to join the fight with the promise of gold mined by the aliens.

kasi bom dinamit sama dia!

In a sneak attack, the humans breach the spaceship, forcing the aliens into a ground battle.

alien huduh, tak lawa macam Ella

Jake and Ella board the ship and free the captives, but Jake is captured. Dolarhyde rescues him and both men escape the ship after killing the alien leader.

the Alien leader who has a (scarred) bone to pick with Jake

As the remaining aliens are taking off in their damaged craft, Ella sacrifices herself, destroying the ship using Jake's gauntlet.

Jake's memory partially returns, and some abducted townsfolk begin to remember their past. Still a wanted man, Jake decides to leave; the sheriff and Dolarhyde say they will claim that he was killed in the invasion. The citizens intend to rebuild the town with the expectation that the newly discovered gold mine will soon bring many new settlers. Jake kindly rejects Dolarhyde's offer to help rebuild the town, and rides away.

the Review:
to tell you the truth, i have tried watching the movie for 3 times only to postpone it after 5 mins. but this last time, i persevered.

and another truth, i had to persuade myself to watch it to the end. so it wasn't a gripping story, so slow in its storytelling and uncompelling most of the times. perhaps that explain why it is not a commercial success.

but i like its underlying theme: unity transcending skin colour and intergalactic romance a la 1Malaysia. ha ha ha

Nat, a son that Dolarhyde wished was his
one scene though do touch my hearstrings, the one where Nat died saving Dolarhyde. it was really sad..

the 2.5 star the movie deserves owes it to the gripping trailer. one of the examples where the Trailer is indeed a much better representation of the story than the film itself.

oh well. Daniel Craig looks good though.

mamat-mamat bajet hensem :)

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