Is Cowboys & Aliens a sci-fi movie or a western? Why not both? In these two videos we see that the movie is a true genre mashup, and that the two go together better than you might think.
Everyone interviewed in the featurette (including the awesome Clancy Brown) goes to great lengths to tell us that Cowboys & Aliens is the perfect blend of two genres. But we don't need to take their word for it. We can see it in the second clip, when Daniel Craig and Olivia Wilde are wordlessly racing across a mesa on horseback ... fleeing an alien spaceship.
This mix of sci-fi and Old West isn't a unique concept (see Back to the Future, Part 3, among others). But considering the recent spate of remakes, reboots, sequels and prequels, it stands out as completely new and different. And "new and different" is one of the reasons we love sci-fi.
Check these videos out: