Cowboys & Aliens -The Next Great SciFi Movie (VIDEO)

500x_cowboysandaliensfirstlook Cowboys and Aliens, a gritty and action-packed sci-fi western by Jon Favreau, delivers a totally cool showdown between Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Favreau, whose previous films were Iron Man and Iron Man 2, calls the movie a "by the book Western," in the vein of John Ford, which will be in 2D. And he said his scifi influences include Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Alien, and Predator. "We wanted it to look like practical effects, with minimal CGI," he added. 

After introducing the cast of Cowboys & Aliens at last week's ComicCon — including Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Harrison Ford (who was brought out in handcuffs, mocking a scenario that had just taken place inside Hall H where someone was arrested for stabbing a fellow con-goer in the face) Favreau demo'd a couple of clips:

The first clip opens with Zeke Johnson (Daniel Craig) riding his horse into a tiny old west town, accompanied by a scruffy dog. He looks wary, and his face is covered in grime. Seeing nobody around, he slips into a house and begins to clean up. Immediately, we notice that he has a bulky, steampunk-looking wristband on one arm; then he pulls aside his shirt to reveal a deep, bloody bullet wound. As he's cleaning that, the house's owner pokes a shotgun into his ear and he's forced to put his hands up.

The man says to Zeke, "Only two kinds of people get shot: Criminals and victims. Which one are you?"

"I don't know," Zeke replies.

Next time we see him, Zeke is in jail and a scruffy teenager in the next cell is spitting on him, saying, "I want to see you suffer for a long time." Finally, after a few more seconds of torment, Zeke gets up, grabs the kid by the scruff of the neck, and smashes him unconscious against the bars dividing their two cells. So Zeke is a tough character. And when the lawmen arrive, they tell him he's been charged with murder and he's being taken for a trial – chained to the snotty kid he knocked out.

The two of them have been bundled into an armored carriage when a large group of armed men ride out of the night and into town carrying torches. Their leader is Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), and he's a venomous bad guy who refuses to hear the pleas of his son, who turns out to be the snot-nosed kid who spat on Zeke.

Pointing at Zeke, Woodrow says, "That's the son of a bitch who stole my gold." He wants to snatch Zeke out of the carriage right that minute to find out where his gold is, but he's interrupted when the horizon begins to glimmer with lights. It's a very Close Encounters-esque looking UFO, which zooms toward the town, fragments into several ships which disappear, then reappear directly overhead, shooting blue lasers and blowing up the town house by house. Fires erupt from windows, people run screaming (including Sam Rockwell), and the jail carriage is knocked over. Zeke and the kid scramble out and we see Zeke's wristband has grown to cover his lower arm. It's also glowing blue. He aims it at the ships, and shoots out a beam of light that brings one down in a haze of dust and fire.

A hush falls over the town as everybody stares at the fallen ship, looking a little like a TIE fighter surrounded by mounds of displaced dirt. Woodrow is standing next to Zeke, who is still in a fighting stance, his arm outstretched. His wristband suddenly closes back up, becoming the small band we saw earlier. The two men exchange a significant glance, their faces lit by UFO fire, and the clip ended.

Preview Trailer

Source io9 via ComicCon http://io9.com/5595665/cowboys-and-aliens-is-the-best-thing-youll-see-next-summer

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