‘Cowboys & Aliens’ trailer blends the sci-fi and western genres with so-so results

It’s not that the trailer is bad.  It’s serviceable, and does a good job at introducing some of the elements in play in the movie.  But seeing something put to film and hearing a plot description of that film is two completely different things.  Well Cowboys & Aliens being in the same movie sounds great on paper, seeing it put to film is a little jarring.  Obviously we knew it would be, but the reason this trailer is only “serviceable” is because the film shows no fun whatsoever.  The trailer is played serious, but this movie should be anything but.  Campy and ridiculous would fit much better then an uber-serious sci-fi film.  Because let me remind you; IT’S COWBOYS AND ALIENS!


I have hopes, mostly because of a pretty great cast and the always welcome presence of Iron Man director Jon Favreau.  But let’s hope, upon the movies arrival, will have something more campy and fun to top off Summer 2011.  Before I show you the trailer, let me just say how remorseful I am that Robert Downey Jr. isn’t the main character.  He’s EXACTLY the kind of actor that could of made this campy and fun.  Let’s just hope that Daniel Craig has a funny bone.



Official Plot Synopsis:


1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger (Daniel 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 (Harrison 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.


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