10 Best Summer 2009 Movie Trailers

Saturday, February 12 by Peter Matthews

For moviegoers who think that the coming attractions are the best part of any trip to the theater, the previews on this list of the 10 best summer 2009 movie trailers are a special treat. These trailers deliver blockbuster-sized thrill, spills and chills—all in under five minutes apiece.

  1. "Land of the Lost" Will Ferrell and company revitalize the 1970s television series. Relive youthful Saturday mornings by enjoying this tale of rampaging dinosaurs, hokey aliens and Chaka, the prehistoric ape-boy. 

  2. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" In this sequel to the 2007 blockbuster, the Autobots must fight to keep the Decepticons from acquiring an ancient power that is capable of destroying the Earth. The movie features plenty of eye candy, courtesy of Megan Fox and plenty of drama, courtesy of the death of Optimus Prime.

  3. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” For Harry Potter fans, the chance to watch a new movie trailer is almost worth the price of a ticket to the theater. This time Harry, Ron and Hermione must discover the identity of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince and save Hogwarts once again.

  4. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" The perfect film to fill a spot on this list of best summer 2009 movie trailers, “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” features non-stop action and awesome military hardware. After seeing this film, dads and sons alike will secretly wish for their own accelerator body armor suits.

  5. "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Attempting to find some semblance of a normal life after 200 years of strife, Logan wants nothing more than to settle down with his beautiful girlfriend. Her murder, however, pits Logan against his own brother and the malevolent Colonel Stryker.

  6. "Star Trek" This film features a slick, modern take on James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Bones and the rest of the Enterprise crew. Far from tampering with a classic, director J.J. Abrams portrays these characters they way they should have been played over 40 years ago.

  7. "Terminator Salvation" The classic movie franchise that began with in 1984 with Arnold Schwarzenegger stalking Linda Hamilton to prevent the birth of humanity's savior continues in this tale of man versus machine in a post-apocalyptic future. While it is disappointing that Schwarzenegger does not star in this film, viewers are compensated some great CGI effects.

  8. "A Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian" Ben Stiller reprises his role as a museum security guard who watches over exhibits that come to life at night. This time, the movie's action takes place in the Smithsonian and features the lovely Amy Adams as Amelia Earhart.

  9. "The Hurt Locker" This action thriller follows a group of American soldiers in Iraq as they face the horrors of urban combat. Suspenseful and well written, the film garnered Kathryn Bigelow the Academy Award for Best Director and secured a place for itself on this list of the best movie trailers of 2005.

  10. "District 9" Sharlto Copley is magnificent South African movie about aliens stranded on Earth forced to live in a ghetto-like setting. Known as "bugs," the aliens struggle to survive mankind's brutal treatment as they find a way to leave the planet.