I’m at Erin Quinn’s blog on Wednesday, talking about the inspiration for my award winning work of science fiction romance, Captured. Please stop by and say hello.
It seems to me this is the perfect time to talk about Cowboys and Aliens – which hubby and I saw on Sunday night.
I knew the moment I spotted the very first ad for the movie I’d have to see it in the theater, for a few reasons: Daniel Craig, Daniel Craig on a horse, Harrison Ford, cowboys, aliens and Daniel Craig’s bare chest. I have a thing about Daniel Craig. Rachel Weisz is one lucky woman.
Okay, so anyway, yeah, the movie’s fun and all that, real entertaining, worth your dollar, but a couple things bothered me – and here’s where Captured comes in. In film these days, aliens are portrayed as super villains. If I’m going to watch villainous aliens, I’d much prefer the aliens in Independence Day because while their technology was far superior to ours, their bodies were just as fragile.
In Captured, Ekkatt’s people, the Atun, are somewhat bigger and stronger, but they are humanoid, and in truth, their concerns are similar to ours. Unlike the aliens in Cowboys and Aliens, they can’t run at 60-70 mph, they can’t take down a horse and rider with a sweep of their arm, they can’t fight with ten arrows sticking out of their backs and five blasts to the chest with a six-shooter.
I’m going to go out on a limb here (not really) – if an alien species ever does visit us, I suspect they won’t need to probe us or laser us to learn about our bodies because if they have the technology to get here in the first place, they’ll have scanners of some sort. Think the predator in Predator (I love love love that movie). Or something far more advanced. I mean c’mon, we have all sorts of scanners – infrared, magnetic resonance imaging scanners, all sort of nuclear and x-ray scanners and we’re pretty primitive.
I also found it amusing that the few humans in the posse kept getting killed by the massive numbers of aliens, but somehow the number of humans never diminished and in fact, seemed to increase. Ah, suspension of disbelief…
I had a few other issues with the movie, but you know, watching Daniel Craig ride a horse as though he was born to it, made all those issues fade to black.
By the way, Charlie over at Smart Girls Love Scifi has a great discussion going on about Cowboys and Aliens if you want to talk more about the movie.