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trailer break: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ #2

Take a break from work: watch a movie trailer…


Much darker than that first trailer.

I said, back when I discussed that first trailer, that I imagined that this global-warming-is-bad update would deal with the mysterious why? of aliens caring about whether we humans destroy our environment, and there’s a hint of how that’s going to play out here, in that line about how only a few planets are capable of supporting complex life, Earth being one of them. Sounds like a needs-of-the-many-outweighing-the-needs-of-the-few thing, and we Earthlings are the few, in this case.

Now I’m curious to see whether the movie will deal with the idea that there’s probably nothing we humans could do with our current level of technology that would render the planet incapable of supporting life. We might render ourselves extinct, as well as many other species, but biodiversity would recover, though it might take millions of years if we did something really awful, like setting off all our nukes. Maybe the aliens are looking to preserve Earth and its biodiversity as it is now, and don’t want to have to wait millions of years for it to recover from potential human screwups. Or maybe there’s some secret Manhattan Project going on to find a way to rip apart the Earth’s core or something. That would be a pretty stupid thing for us to do, but hey, look around…

I’m kinda tickled by how this trailer, at least (and hopefully the film, too), plays around with the distinction between “saving the planet” and “saving the humans.” It’s kind of dumb, really, for us Earthlings to talk about saving the planet, which is going to be just fine no matter what we do, when we should be talking about saving ourselves. But here we have, it seems, an instance of a real choice between the two things that could be saved.

Plus: our first look at Gort!

The Day the Earth Stood Still opens in the U.S. and the U.K. on December 12.



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