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Trailer Probe : The Day The Earth Stood Still
© Joe Crowe
October 31, 2008

Items of geekity interest should be only two minutes long, because trailers make us laugh. They make us cry. They work so hard to make us happy.

Trailer Probe rates the geek explosion content, how much our cortex is combusted with a volley of geekitude, and dork disengagement level is reasons you won't spaz.

The Day Keanu Stood Still

Geek explosion content: Gort!

One thing I needed was more Gort. The first trailer gave very little Gort. This one is Gortified with more Gort. It has action shots of Gort in action.

Gort looks like the OG (Original Gort). The CGI looks fine as he beats up the Army.

The trailer is all special-effecty, as I'm sure the movie will be. It has fighter jets and explosions!

Compared to the first trailer, there is much more Keanu here, mostly putting the hurt on puny humans like they deserve. Hook up wires to Keanu! Hunt Keanu! Hound Keanu! Keanu smash!

Keanu takes the interrogator's suit, but leaves him in his t-shirt and shorts. Which means:

Klaatu goes commando!

Dork disengagement level: Could have used the old 1950s sci-fi movie music, Da da DAAAAAAAH, when Keanu says something ominous.

When Jennifer Connelly asks him what he was before he became human, Keanu says, "It would only frighten you." Some kind of abstract energy being isn't really so much frightening. Maybe Klaatu is really just an ug-mo.

There is a kid.

Why is there a kid? If the kid's innocence gives Klaatu reason to pause in his obliteration, that will not be cool.

Geek explosion level: 1 billion for the Gort parts. Too bad there are other parts.

400,000 geek parts per million for the non-Gort parts. It looks nice. But it appears they've added stuff to the spotless original The Day The Earth Stood Still. story. And that's just crazy.

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