The trailer indicates that Keanu Reeves‘ alien space ship lands at night in The Day The Earth Stood Still (20th Century Fox, 12.12). That’s because night landings look cooler than day landings with those standard bullshit intense lights piercing through all the fog and smoke. But aren’t we getting sick of alien night landings (E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Invaders From Mars)?
I would have preferred one in broad daylight under blue skies, like the one from Klaatu in the original 1951 version. Because it would have been different. Because it would have created its own kind of cool. Because aliens don’t care if their landings look cool. They just want to land safely, and to do that you don’t want to load solely by instruments. You want to be able to see where you’re landing, and for that you need sunlight. Simple.