Action/Sci-fi, 118 Minutes, 2011
I enjoyed this quite a bit but I can see good reasons why some people may not. It was slow getting going – downright lethargic in places. There was also a little silliness with Olivia Wilde’s character, but nothing too distracting.
The cast was pretty much picture perfect even if the script didn’t always let them shine. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were both excellent. Both Sam Rockwell and Clancy Brown bring a lot to their small, but memorable roles.
Special effects are uniformly excellent but – and I’m willing to believe that it may just be me – but aren’t hollywood aliens getting a little samey? Grey, hairless, oddly-bent knees, big teeth, covered in mucus and dripping with drool. It started with “Aliens” of course but then we got “Battle L.A.”, “Super 8”, “Independence Day”, “Skyline”, “Pitch Black” and everything from “Avatar” that you weren’t supposed to want to bang.
Com’on guys! We haven’t had an alien that needed a haircut since “Alf”. How about feathers? Turtle shells? Flippers? Hooves? What about some color maybe? Remember the veritable menageries in “Star Wars” or “Men in Black”? Where have those guys gone?
None of this really affects the film of course. Slow tho’ it may be it’s still a heck a fun ride.