Cowboys and Aliens

Release date: 17 August 2011
Running time:
118 mins
Jon Favreau
Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell

It's 1875 in New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Daniel Craig) arrives in the sunbaked outpost of Absolution with a mysterious shackle on his wrist and no memory of his past. He soon finds that the townsfolk don't take kindly to outsiders. What's more, Absolution is ruled with an iron rod by Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford).

But the climate of fear gets a whole lot worse when mysterious alien invaders start to swoop down at astonishing speed, blinding residents with bright lights as they snatch them one-by-one. As the outcast gunslinger begins to recall his past, he realises that he holds the one secret that could save this desolate town from devastation.

With the help of the elusive Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together former opponents - townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors - for an epic showdown.

Screenplay: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby

Distributor: Paramount

You should see it because: The director of the 'Iron Man' films teams up with two of the great modern action stars for an audacious thrill-ride.

See it if you liked: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), Super 8 (2011)