The Day the Earth Stood Still

A new, international trailer has been released for this holiday’s feel-good epic, The Day the Earth Stood Still. The Scott Derrickson-directed remake stars Keanu Reeves as ALF and Jennifer Connelly as the bland, human woman he meets and impregnates. She gives birth to Jaden Smith who leaps from the womb with a flying karate kick to the doctor’s head.

Yeah, so my plot synopsis may not be entirely accurate. Instead, the film follows the plot of the 1951 original, but updates several of the elements for today’s audiences (whatever that means.) Klaatu (Reeves) is an alien who arrives on Earth to warn of its impending destruction at the hands of others in the universe. He’s accompanied by a ginormous robot-type thing named Gort who acts as the brawn behind Klaatu’s brains. Klaatu meets Helen (Connelly) and her son (Smith) and comes to discover that humanity may actually be worth saving. So much for alien species being super intelligent.

We spoke with Derrickson, Reeves, and Connelly at this year’s Comic-Con and the trio was extremely bland and lacking in personality. I do however, continue to be happy with the footage released so far. The movie has an Emmerich-like quality about it, which means at the very least it’ll look extremely awesome and cool. Whether or not it makes any sense or not we’ll have to wait and see.

The Day the Earth Stood Still opens December 12th, 2008.

Are you looking forward to the movie?


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