trailer break: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ teaser

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…

[watch it here; I deleted the embedded Quicktime player because it was causing problems for some readers]

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If someone told me they were remaking the classic 1950s flick and asked me who would be the best actor working today to play the mysterious and laconic alien visitor, I would have said, in an instant, Keanu Reeves. I can’t imagine a better choice. Seriously. He’s gonna be great in the part.

I’ve heard some other fans complain about changing the premise of this movie away from an antinuke thing to an anti-global warming thing. A nuclear-armed Earth posed a threat to spacefaring civilizations, or so the idea behind the first film went, but “why would aliens care,” the current complaint seems to go, “whether we kill ourselves by killing our environment?” I suspect, somehow, that this new movie will deal with that issue. Call me crazy, but doesn’t that seem to be a matter of suspense for us to feel, you know, suspenseful about? Why would aliens care if we cook our homeworld? Do they just want the planet for themselves? Maybe they’re religious about keeping planets nice for everyone to enjoy? Maybe it’s a morality thing: we may have to right to commit species suicide, but no fair taking all the pandas and polar bears and rattlesnakes and bumblebees with us.

I’m not saying the film will answer this question well — it may not. But it does seem a bit premature to worry about it.

The Day the Earth Stood Still opens December 12.

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Thu, Jul 24, 2008 4:03pm

Taco, Barbaretta, Nickle!

The effects look OK, but I’m not sold on Keanu Reeves, even if he does play emotionless very well.

Thu, Jul 24, 2008 5:53pm

I don’t see why they’d have to change the threat from nukes to global warming. If anything, the end of Mutual Assured Destruction between the US and USSR has made the threat of nuclear weapons being used even higher now than it was during the Cold War… because Islamic terrorists and other assorted whackos would probably have no compunction against using a nuke to take out, say, New York City.

I just hope we are spared the agony of having to hear Keanu say, “Gort! Klaatu berada nikto!”

Thu, Jul 24, 2008 7:15pm

I hope you’re right.

Thu, Jul 24, 2008 7:18pm

The threat of nukes being used may be higher, but the threat of global nuclear war seems lower precisely because of the reasons you state, Clayj. It’s not the Russians who are going to nuke New York as a first strike — or the Americans who are going to nuke Moscow — these days, so a nuclear explosion in an urban area is probably less likely to escalate into all-out war.

Global warming, on the other hand, is more insidious, already in progress, and harder to halt, never mind reverse.

Fri, Aug 01, 2008 4:15am

I know the answer to this question–$$$ (and lack of imagination)

But I have to scream: WHY?????

Why are they remaking what is really the “Citizen Kane” of SF movies?

Can’t Hollywood simply at least limit their remakes to just horror movies–only? Why must our classic SF movies be besmirched like this?

At least they might release a better DVD version of the original to in to the remake. *crosses fingers*