Based on a graphic novel and directed by Iron Man helmer Jon Favreau, Cowboys and Aliens is a weird mix of genres. And even if you’re not into the source material, the fact Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star in this Western-ish alien film should put it on your radar.
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde [full cast list under the ‘Cast’ tab]Directed By: Jon Favreau
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Genres: Action, sci-fi, Western, drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference
Official Synopsis: 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.
- Daniel Craig – ‘Jake Lonergan’
Harrison Ford – ‘Woodrow Dolarhyde’
Olivia Wilde – ‘Ella Swenson’
Sam Rockwell – ‘Doc’
Adam Beach – ‘Nat Colorado’
Paul Dano – ‘Percy Dolarhyde’
Clancy Brown – ‘Meacham’
Abigail Spencer – ‘Alice’
Chris Browning – ‘Jed Parker’
Ana de la Reguera – ‘Maria’
Noah Ringer – ‘Emmett Taggart’
Keith Carradine – ‘Sheriff John Taggart’
Toby Huss – ‘Roy Murphy’
Walton Goggins – ‘Hunt’
David O’Hara – ‘Pat Dolan’
Raoul Trujillo – ‘Grey Wolf’