The critics were not kind to this film but after the hype died down I finally went to see it in an almost empty theatre and was pleasantly surprised to find that it didn’t suck. Half way or more through the film I thought, this is actually a damn good story and a well done film. I was impressed by the gripping storyline, the characters were realistic and well played by an excellent cast, the aliens and alien ships are very realistically rendered into the action and there are plenty of surprises.
Both Westerns and Sci-fi films are what Hollywood does well and here they have nicely blended the two using Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones) and Daniel Craig (James Bond) as the two main characters in a large ensemble cast of lesser known but excellent talent including the wonderful Sam Rockwell, recently from Moon (2009) and Conviction (2010), who provides some comic relief.
What’s funny is that the aliens, when they abduct people, they do it like cowboys on horses when they rope in their cattle with lassos. The aliens also use a sort of lasso while flying, that ropes in the people and snatches them up. The shoe is now on the other foot; the cowboys are now cattle being roped in by aliens in spaceships.
If it sounds fantastic, it is, but don’t be put off by the high concept and mediocre reviews; most people will thoroughly enjoy this film.