Monday, December 8, 2008

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Is.....

The Day the Earth Stood Still: Trailer 1 @ Apple Trailers

...the day that Keanu Reeves doesn't look spaced out in a movie. From what I gather Keanu plays some kind of alien or cyborg or something, which is probably perfect given his normal wooden delivery and demeanor. I'm sure he's a nice guy, but his acting ability isn't exactly as wide as the deep blue sea. Roles where the character is clueless (Matrix) serve him well, but I don't think he has the ability to carry a full antagonistic role as he appears to here.

The CG in the trailer looks impressive for the most part with a giant, glowing sphere emerging and hovering ominously and some kind of noxious cloud of evil dismembering buildings and cars. Horribly incorporated CG is a pet peeve of mine and there is a moment in the trailer where the monster rears its head, but overall it looks like pretty safe stuff production wise. A few shots seem kind of hokey with people standing around in too-perfect positions and far too clinical lighting, but its doubtful that's going to make a big difference either.

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic of the same name. This doesn't look set to surprise anyone for its amazing writing or direction but it doesn't look like a bomb either. I'm going to play it safe and sit in the middle here. 50%

The Day the Earth Stood Still is due out on December 12th.

TrailerHound Previction: 50%

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