‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Trailer Rocks The Old West

Take a gander at the best teaser you’ll see this week.

It’s only Wednesday, but there have already been six or so trailer debuts this week. Most of them are fairly forgettable, and the two saddled with the biggest expectations were arguably underwhelming at best. But it’s a new day. It’s time to wipe that mediocrity from your pc screen. It’s time to be surprised by a Jon Favreau movie again. It’s time to get excited for Harrison Ford on the big screen again…

Pretty damn sweet, right? It’s more of a teaser than proper trailer, but even so it looks to be a fantastically anachronistic and entertaining ride. Daniel Craig carries these types of action roles well, and no one can argue against the inclusion of Olivia Wilde. And the haters can suck it… Harrison Ford kicks ass. Sure he’s constantly pissed off and he’s made a decade’s worth of poor career decisions, but he’s still Harrison Freaking Ford. You didn’t see it, but he rocked the grump in the recent Morning Glory, and he still looks more than capable of bringing it in an action/western.

Cowboys & Aliens hits theaters July 29th, 2011. The official synopsis is below.

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.”

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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