First Trailer: The Day The Earth Stood Still

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2008 at 9:19 pm,

day earth stood still trail First Trailer: The Day The Earth Stood Still

Ok, ok, fine.

Here’s the first trailer to the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves.

If you don’t know, this version puts a Greenpeace spin on the classic film from 1951. Here’s a quote from the trailer:

“If you die, Earth survives.”

Within the context of the film, I presume Keanu/Klaatu means mankind and not Jennifer Connely, to whom he is saying the line. So there ya go – in the big picture, the Earth is more important than the survival of mankind.


Looks to me like it rips a lot from Close Encounters of the First Kind, but what do I know?

The Day the Earth Stood Still is scheduled to open December 2008.

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  1. I thought the trailer was incredible when I saw it in theatre. The movie has nothing to do with the original, but on its own, it look pretty sweet.

    scoop #4

  2. I am tired of hollywoods “Humanity is destroying the earth message.”
    I will skip this.

  3. I’m all for conserving and taking care of the planet we live on, but that’s a pretty miserable tag line.

  4. I’d like to point out that line to the critics who complained that they thought Wall-E was depressing and misanthropic (not you, Vic, cause, well, you didn’t say that :) ).

    THAT line is the essence of misanthropic environmentalism and the hopeless guilt it engenders.

    In other news, I see Keanu is still wearing his trademark expression: Dull ambivalence.

  5. MAybe if you keep getting hit over the head with the message you will finally get it…Humans are destroying the planet…Bottom line…If that’s hard to hear or read then I agree with Jersey that you need to get over your hopeless guilt that that statement causes…If we have faith we can fix the Earth then we really can do it but more people need to get over the guilt and start in your own backyard..I blame mass media and their lack of support and how the super-rich are selling consumerism to everybody…Get it all now, don’t wait, and for the love of Louise don’t care about anyone else or the planet…We need to care, we need to change and if we don’t then it will be too late soon…a lot sooner than anyone thinks…

    Humanity will get what it deserves if we don’t fix this problem…

  6. Humans may indeed be destroying the planet, But I dont need to be hit over the head with that message when I go to the movies.

  7. I had a nice long message about this but it took me to some page talking about enabling cookies, so I lost it and will not re-type it :(

    In Brief. Humans are a plague, we control animal populations but no one controls ours. That’s the focus of the movie, not carbon dioxide emissions, etc.

  8. Ah, to further what I said. Here’s a part of a Reeves interview with MTV.

    While humanity still engages in a staggering number of international conflicts, the environmental message is one that, not only encompasses wars, and fights, and terrorism, but one that goes beyond constrictions to become a millennial message of “what we are doing and who we are as a species,” Reeves insisted. “We’re trying to reach beyond the idea of [just] environmentalism.”

  9. Hey ROb

    The same thing happen to me…

  10. Unless you say stop of course Vic ;)


  11. Rob,

    I’m hoping that you didn’t intend to suggest that someone needs to control our population – aside from individuals controlling themselves, that is.

  12. Hey guys, sorry about the comment issues. Since the existing filter was flagging “real” comments as spam I tried something else, but that seemed to have its own set of issues.

    So… we’re back to the previous solution.

    Green, no worries dude, have at it – even if I think you’re wrong. :-)

    Once again I think you’ve got it backwards: the media is pounding the global warming message into us based on questionable science by scientists looking for big juicy research grants.

    One volcano eruption puts out more atmosphere-unfriendly stuff than everything the U.S. pumps out of cars and factories in a year.

    First Arafat gets a Nobel price, and now Gore. Guess THAT organization has jumped the shark…


  13. jerseycajun,

    Yes, we need to kill off half of our race…immediatetly.

    No no, hahaha. We don’t have the right to eliminate our own ppl to control the population at some arbitrary number chosen by some tard. They predict earth’s population will peak at 9 billion or so on its own.

    What’ im saying is, for some sickass reason, we think we can control other species’ population… but its hypocritical, because are the most damaging and irresponsible species on the planet and we are not controlled by some other superior species…except ze ALIENZZ! Which is what I think this movie is about. Humans are destroying the earth so humans must be destroyed…which is essentially the tagline for the film.

  14. The point I was trying to make, is that the movie is about what I said above as opposed to pollution and green house gases, etc. It’s not specific to global warming as one damaging thing humans do, I think the movie is about humans being a plague to the planet in general for all the reasons (pollution, war, poverty, etc.)

  15. Vic

    I’m not talking about global warming…

    Nuclear waste
    Mass extinctions of so many species
    Destruction of the rain forests..

    I could go on and on…

    Agent Smith from The Matrix

    “I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure. ”

    Again we agree to disagree.. ;)


  16. A Virus also finally destroys its host and thus itself…Is that not what we are doing?

  17. I read an article in 2006 that Hollywood was going to make a ton of Iraq war movies. Then I read an article earlier this year (or late 2007) that Hollywood was going to make a ton of global warming movies.

    Guess we’ll have to wait and see what the next trend is.


  18. Hollywood does jump on a particular issues of the day and exploit them for profit…2012 anyone

  19. Hey green, we may not be as far apart as you think. Just because I think the theory of man-made global warming is bunk doesn’t mean I want to see rivers polluted and that I want to breath smog-laden air. :-)

    We should be responsible, but in a non-hysterical way.


    P.S. And Heath, we’ve all seen what awesome hits all those (anti)Iraq war movies have been at the box office, eh?

  20. Yep, Vic. Yep.

  21. “Humans are destroying the planet”

    First off, on the face of it, that comment is absurd. The planet is fine, and Earth will outlast us unless we actually find a way to shatter the planet crust, mantle, and core. The environment we need to survive, however, could be a different story.

    “One volcano eruption puts out more atmosphere-unfriendly stuff than everything the U.S. pumps out of cars and factories in a year.”

    Perhaps so, but we are most definitely adding to that problem, resulting in a net increase of pollution entering our atmosphere. Those additional pollutants would not be there if not for us, and it may well be that we’ve pushed, or are pushing, things past the tipping point. After all, our species cuts down thousands of acres of trees, which help remove some of these greenhouse gases from the air, and we replace them with buildings which don’t. So we remove some of the filtering mechanisms, and we put out additional pollutants that wouldn’t be there if not for our activities. Even if the quantity’s we put out are smaller, it still adds up, and I’d say that puts the blame squarely on humanity’s shoulders.

    As for the science, I’ll just say that evidence shows that Earth has gone through these warming and cooling cycles before. At most, humanity is accelerating the process this time around. In either case, we are having an effect.

    “We don’t have the right to eliminate our own ppl to control the population at some arbitrary number chosen by some tard.”

    Yeah, but if some intelligent species is going to exterminate our species, we’re the only intelligent species that would have the right. In either case, I’m actually cheering for that asteroid that’s inevitably coming our way.

  22. Man, you can cut the misanthropy in here with a knife!


  23. personally I think the planet is tougher then anyone knows,
    It has been around for Billions of years after all.
    The next trend?
    a slate of films suggesting
    The Iraq war is responsible for the acceleration of global warming!

  24. Wow, nice trailer! Really gave ma a sort of War of the Worlds vibe. This will be added to my list :)


  25. The inner message of the original film (which seems to be present in this version) is this: Do what we want you to do or you will be destroy.
    It’s a radical message and smell something like the nazism/comunism/etc…

    Sure Peace is a good word, but Freedom is a good one too. There’s peace in NorthCorea, but there’s no freedom there.
    If we can’t be better freely, then maybe is better to be dead.
    Here’s an important point for me.

    Take a greet.

  26. The worst part about Hollywood using the title is

    It’s the discussing movies

    On a side note the IPCC has said there has been no global warming for the last 11 years and have projected no warming for at least 10 years. I love how some people are claiming that proves we are suffering from global cooling at the same time as we are experiencing global warming.

  27. Oops. Overwrote my text.

    What I was saying is:

    The worst part about Hollywood using the title is that when discussing classic scifi movies with people you will have to deal with their condescending glares when they think you are talking about a Keanu Reeves movie. Don’t get me wrong, he’s perfect for some roles, but I get tired of going “no, not the remake, the original one” during discussions with people who automatically hate the original because of how bad the remake was. Remakes shouldn’t have the power to tarnish the original, but unfortunately a lot of people can’t separate them.