Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

Jon Favreau (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
In this surprisingly successful hybrid of The Searchers and Independence Day, loner cowboy Daniel Craig must ally with tyrannical cattle baron Harrison Ford to make a stand against a fistful of giant mole monsters from outer space. Gaining enormous dramatic appeal from being played completely straight - no hint of Wild Wild West camp here - Iron Man director Jon Favreau's solid adaptation of a popular 2006 graphic novel remains true to both genres while being confidently grounded in western lore for maximum novelty value. There are genuine plot surprises, scary creature jolts, terrific death ray and camouflaged spacecraft effects, while expert tonal shifts between horse opera cliché and sci-fi abduction horror make this bug-eyed showdown a rousing winner. Evoking Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name, Craig is the epitome of the taciturn outlaw hero, and Ford's cranky frontier entrepreneur really helps squash any inherent absurdities to make it all work like a charm.


A Wild-West town dominated by a cattle baron comes under attack by invaders from another world. It falls to a mysterious stranger with no memory to unite the townsfolk, a gang of outlaws and an Apache tribe, in a bid to fight back against the aliens, and learn the truth about his own past. Sci-fi Western, with Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell.

Cast & Crew

Jake Lonergan Daniel Craig
Woodrow Dolarhyde Harrison Ford
Ella Swenson Olivia Wilde
Doc Sam Rockwell
Alice Abigail Spencer
Wes Claiborne Buck Taylor
Meacham Clancy Brown
Percy Dolarhyde Paul Dano
Director Jon Favreau
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2011