Last night, the new big-budget remake of scifi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still debuted about 7 and a half minutes of new footage, and it's pretty darn scary. Gone are the subtleties of 1950s acting, replaced with amazing new powers for Klaatu and CG spheres that will blow you away.First off, they couldn't have cast a better stone-faced, devoid-of-emotion actor. Keanu Reeves, this is your moment. Unless they're re-casting the Borg from TNG. Seriously when did robot-face become this man's signature, and do you believe in him as Klaatu? Also, check out the space man's fancy new powers of mind control. That will certainly mix things up. It looks like this film has truly been changed from a mere warning for Earth to an all out alien attack. Have we lost the ability to have aliens in movies and make it interesting without all of the CG ridiculousness or did K-Pax ruin that for us? I will say one thing about TDTESS '08 I'm enjoying the fact that the updates do seem to jive with actual government procedure. I like that they closed down all the streets and shoved him in a super-secret underground bunker.
Well it looks like they've kept the basic premise of the first movie. Humanity has one choice: Do as we say or be vaporized.
I always like the alien arrival stories where there is nothing we can do to stop them from doing whatever they want. Those are the most realistic in my opinion.
Of course the question is, why are they so concerned with protecting the biosphere of Earth itself, so concerned that they are willing to wipe out humans, themselves a product of that biosphere, to just protect it? Also it seems like the extermination process is very violent and would do a lot damage to the biosphere anyway, which sort of defeats their motivation in the first place.