"The Old West. A stranger 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. But the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers – especially those of the wanted variety - and none more so than the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). And yet it’s neither man the townsfolk of Absolution should fear. It’s the demons of the sky. A bunch of murderous aliens searching for gold. Could the stranger they rejected be their only hope for salvation?
Yes, I know, the plot sounds utterly ridiculous but you’ve got to give it a chance. What we have here is one of the best action-adventure films from 2011, and refreshingly gritty to boot. Two hours fly by as director Jon Favreau delivers one of the most action-packed, blood-spilling, monster-mashing spectacles in recent memory. The casting is spot on, there’s no self-abuse when it comes to the CGI, and it’s a lot darker than you probably thought it would be. With horror and humour complimenting the neat set-pieces, and a bunch of characters worth rooting for, you’d be stupid to ignore this bonkers western – yeehaw!" DW