The Day the Earth Stood Still

Why do I still get the feeling that Keanu Reeves is going to make a lackluster Klaatu in the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still? For some reason I just don’t buy him as an alien lifeform sent to warn us of Earth’s impending destruction — there is something just too nonchalant about him. Either way, he is in it, and the first trailer, which is currently playing in front of Hancock, has hit the web via Filmweb.pl. Check it out below.

Watch the teaser for The Day the Earth Stood Still:

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Aside from the Keanu Reeves factor that I mentioned earlier, this film looks very interesting. I must say that while I remain skeptical, as any fan of the 1951 version should be, I will say that the potential for an awesome modern remake is there. This is one of those classics that could be enhanced by updated special effects. As well, it could very well have a relevant message. But we shall see how it goes — I don’t want to jump the gun and say that it looks like a winner just yet.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and stars Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, a mysterious man from another world, sent to warn Earth’s population that their destructive ways could lead to an attack from civilizations on other planets. As the government tries to sort things out, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her step-son (Jaden Smith) get caught up in the mission and ultimately learn the ramifications of this so-called “friend to Earth.” It will hit theaters on December 12, 2008.

The trailer can be seen in high definition over at Apple.com.

What do you think of the first trailer?


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