But what absolutely everyone – sci-fi freaks, western fans and action movie aficionados alike – can appreciate and admire is the fabulous Wild West scenery.
Set in 1873 in Arizona, this is a story of aliens trying to take over the earth, but forget the CGI effects, the real star of the show is the landscape itself.
Large parts of the movie were filmed in California, but believe me, the landscape of Arizona is much, much more impressive than what you see on the screen. And no amount of CGI trickery can compete with mother nature.
Folk who live there call Arizona the True West. The weather is fabulous – so it’s perfect for winter sun seekers – and it’s not all desert either, it actually boasts amazing micro-climates, with everything from prairie land and pine forests to canyons. The cactus that line the roads stand as tall as an elephant and make striking natural monuments.
Forget those day trips from Las Vegas, this is the real Grand Canyon state. To see this natural wonder of the world in all its glory, take a helicopter ride over the canyon and gaze in wonder at its peaks and ridges.
For real outlaw action visit Tombstone, in the south west of the state near the border with Mexico, where you can see twice-daily re-enactments of the infamous 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral and order a sarsaparilla in one of the old-time saloon bars in this well preserved town.
You can see why Arizona was the setting for so many old cowboy flicks, not least because of Monument Valley which lies on Navajo Nation land – it has been the setting for films and TV shows as diverse as the classic western Stagecoach to a recent series of Dr Who.
Spiritual, sacred and unique, with its cluster of vast sandstone buttes, there’s nowhere else like it.
For shopping, dining and drinking there’s plenty of big city life too, in Phoenix and Tucson, with their luxurious and secluded resort hotels.
My top tips include the Westin La Paloma in Tucson, the state’s second largest city, with its spectacular views, Elizabeth Arden spa and Janos restaurant, one of Arizona’s highest-rated eateries.
Scottsdale, beside Phoenix, is where all the tourists attractions, from restaurants and art galleries to golf courses and malls, are located. I stayed in the sumptuous Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, with its outdoor water ‘playground’ and a Native American learning centre within the lobby.
For the ultimate in luxury check into The Boulders where you can enjoy your own cosy casita with floor-to-ceiling windows as you gaze at the amazing desert scenery and 12-million year old granite boulders, after which the resort is named.
Also recommended is the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, with its heartbeat-skipping views of vibrant dessert blooms.
From Sedona’s hippy vibe to Scottsdale’s designer shopping, Arizona offers a real treat for visitors. The days of riding the trail on horseback may be over, but you can fire up your Chevvy and hit the road, including a large stretch of Route 66, to get to know more about the scenery and history of this gorgeous state.
Arizona Tourism, www.arizonaguide.com
Tuscon Westin La Paloma, www.westinlapalomaresort.com
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, www.scottsdale.hyatt.com
The Boulders Scottsdale, www.theboulders.com
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, www.fourseasons.com
Grand Canyon helicopter tour, www.papillon.com.
Monument Valley Simpson’s Trailhandler Tours, www.trailhandlertours.com
Enterprise Car Rental, www.enterprise.com
Car insurance, www.insurance4carhire.com