It feels like John Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens” has been coming forever. That’s probably due in large part to the Super Bowl ad from back in February, the first look any of us got of the film. Now the first clip from the movie has now been released, to accompany a handful of trailers and behind-the-scenes features that we’ve already seen. It shows grizzled western dudes being grizzled and western.
No matter how long we’ve been waiting to see James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) team up to fight space invaders in the old west, the actual, honest to god release date is almost upon us, and I for one is super super psyched. Another comic book adaptation in a summer full of comic book adaptations, “Cowboys and Aliens” looks to have the summertime popcorn sensibilities of Favreau’s “Iron Man” movies, but with cowboys fighting aliens. If that doesn’t spell a good time, I don’t know what does.
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.
“Cowboys and Aliens” opens wide July 29, and stars Craig, Ford, and Wilde, as well as Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown, and Abigail Spencer.
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