[Let's see if I can keep to a schedule of one of these every Monday, shall we?]
This is the first trailer for December's remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. I started off the year super excited for this movie -- the "remake" factor didn't faze me considering the kind of sci-fi we can do now as opposed to 1951 makes it a whole different ballgame anyway, plus director Scott Derrickson did a decent job on The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Also, I'm starting to realize that I'm a big fan of a well-cast Keanu Reeves. Yeah, he's a crap actor, but if you put him in the correct role -- a SoCal slacker time-traveler, a SoCal rebel cop, a SoCal office drone-cum-messiah -- and all of a sudden he's golden. It's my feeling that casting him as a monotone alien could only be more perfect if that alien had grown up in the Valley.
Anyway, the plot is familiar enough: Alien descends to earth, delivers portents of doom, speaks wisely of humans and their ill-stewardship of the planet, joins his alien pals to wreck some shit with a smoke machine, and either does or does not fall in love with Jennifer Connelly. Except for that last two things, it's like WALL-E in reverse. Luckily, this one also gets John Hamm and Kathy Bates to oooh and ahhh at the proceedings.
What do you guys think?