Jon Favreau’s “Cowboys and Aliens” is based on a one-shot comic book that was released a few years back, but from what I can see via the previously released trailers and this new, theatrical trailer, it looks almost nothing like the comic book aside from the premise of aliens showing up in the Wild West to rope themselves some humans. Curiously, we haven’t seen much from the Indians besides a couple of glimpses where Olivia Wilde takes off her top in front of them, and makes me wonder if they’ve been marginalized for the movie version. And speaking of Wilde’s character, looks like the trailer drops some pretty big spoilers about her identity.
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.
Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Noah Ringer, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, and Keith Carradine.
Fighting back July 29, 2011.
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