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Watch: #2 Full-Length Trailer For 'Cowboys & Aliens' Beams Onto Earth

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 15, 2011 1:37 AM
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Well, if the goal was to hit mainstream America with this admittedly tough-to-market genre mash-up of western and sci-fi, Universal couldn't have chosen a more meat-and-potatoes crowd than the "American Idol" audience to show off the film to, and now that trailer has landed online for the rest of us to pick apart.

Directed by Jon Favreau, the film features a star-studded cast including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Olivia Wilde, Noah Ringer, Walton Goggins, Keith Carradine and Ana de la Reguera and tells the story of a group of Apache Indians and Western settlers in Arizona who must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city.

As Favreau recently promised, the trailer hints at some of the aliens from the film, but doesn't actually show any of them, though admittedly, there are lots of shots of their dragonfly-like flying vehicles. The trailer puts a lot of focus on the laser-attack fights between amnesiac Craig (who seems to slowly recover his identity in the footage's more spoilery bits) and the soaring, unseen beasties. There's also an uneasy alliance between the current James Bond and the always Indiana Jones, a properly grizzled Ford. Thank the stars for some strong screentime for co-star Sam Rockwell, who we do hope isn't reduced to comic relief, while a good deal of footage is devoted to Wilde, apparently typecast as "the girl" in these big splashy tentpoles. Out of context, she is nude in one scene, just because the trailer editors weren't sure they covered all demographics yet.

All in all it looks like an entertaining piece of popcorn cinema, and Favreau already proved with "Iron Man" that he's completely capable of delivering escapist fare that's not an Uwe Boll film. "Cowboys & Aliens" rides into the sunset on July 29th. Trailer below.

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  • Sean | April 15, 2011 8:12 AMReply

    Looks okay. Don't mind seeing Olivia Wilde's skin or Sam Rockwell in a bowler hat...again!

  • Cory Everett | April 15, 2011 4:18 AMReply

    It looks really fun. But the generic rock song in the trailer isn't doing it any favors.

  • brett | April 15, 2011 3:58 AMReply

  • brett | April 15, 2011 3:57 AMReply

    you should always link to HD trailers...

  • BuntyHoven | April 15, 2011 3:49 AMReply

    Wilde has a big old forehead, doesn't she?

  • Ugh, just ugh | April 15, 2011 3:23 AMReply

    Man, does that look retarded.

  • Abner | April 15, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    how do you not cite Clancy Brown?

    And where does uwe boll come into it?

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