Spoiler Alert Warning: Contains spoilers from the movie Cowboys & Aliens. Read at your own risk.
Theaters have been crowded and sold out around Arlington, Texas with the new release of another summer hit yesterday with Cowboys & Aliens. This movie has had so much buzz surrounding it over the last year, not only in Arlington, but across the country. From the trailers, we were given a glimpse of what was to come in this movie from a man having amnesia with an unusual weapon attached to his wrist to the beautiful Olivia Wilde fighting alongside these cowboys against what’s suspected to be an alien invasion come to collect human beings. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
What we come to find out through the movie is that these aliens are collecting humans for scientific/medical study. What’s seems to be through vivisection, these aliens are studying humans in order to find their weaknesses. However, something strange about the knowledge and actions of Ella Swenson played by Olivia Wilde that makes her just as mysterious as Jake Lonergan played by Daniel Craig. Ella seems to know more than what she leads everyone to believe, and it isn’t until she dies and is resurrected that it is realized that she is not human at all, but another alien. She tells that she has tracked these aliens to Earth to help stop the slaughter of an entire race like what was done on her planet, and then helps the men strategize a plan against the aliens to wipe them out.
These aliens, through Ella’s telling of what she knows about them, is to mine for gold and to study the ruling species, humans in this case, of the planet. Here is another prime example of an alien species come to conquer, study, and kill mankind for, apparently, no real reason. Aliens from all kinds of portails seem to be violent, malevolent, and killers with no means of attempt to coexist. Logically, if another species were to have reasoning, intelligence, logic, and are a rational species, then they would attempt to coexist when come into contact with another intelligent, although primative in comparison, species. However, the only reason we are given that these aliens have come to Earth is to mine and harvest gold because it is rare to them as well. Although there is no other reason explained further from this, this reason does not seem acceptable. We value gold because of many reasons: rarity, beauty, wealth status, etc. Even in the way they are harvesting the gold by metling the through their technology and channeling it to someplace that the audience is never shown. Except for that part of the film, this movie was an amazing movie with the cast, direction, and production.
Mankind, and even Hollywood, tend to believe that the only reason aliens would visit our planet is to study and conquer us. While it may be in our human nature to shoot and ask questions later, this does not mean that aliens of a higher intelligence is the same way. Any organic intelligence should be held in high reguard in an attempt to establish a coexistence. This is what philosophy teaches us. This is what the religions of the world teach us. The fear of the unkown is could in many ways definitely hurt us if we do not embrace alien intelligence when it presents itself.
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