A representative of an alien race that went through drastic evolution to survive its own climate change, Klaatu comes to Earth to assess whether humanity can prevent the environmental damage they have inflicted on their own planet. When barred from speaking to the United Nations, he decides humankind shall be exterminated so the planet can survive.
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The concept of this movie seemed simple enough. The world will end, a mystical alien must try and stop it. It had the potential to be a good film, if slightly un-original.
The majority of the movie builds up suspense for the moment in which the earth stands still and, by the time the moment comes, the audience are hanging on the edges of their seats, despite Keanu Reeves' terrible acting. However the moment is ruined by the fact it is over within 20 seconds, and all is once again happy.
Unless you can be easily wowed by rather good special effects, I would not bother with this movie, a complete waste of money.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a fantastic movie unlike any other! The movie was a remake of the original movie of the same title which had some good ideas but suffered from bad special effects. This movie however had excellent special effects all around! The plot went like this, an alien played by Keanu Reeves in a very good and powerful performance comes down to Earth to save the world from humans meddling with nature to cause a climate related disaster!!! However, to do that he needs to kill humans first! Uh-oh! He meets up with a woman and her oddly black son and together they convince him to give humanity another chance. The great thing about this movie is that it's realism that's right people this could really happen in REAL LIFE!! Scientists say an alien invasion is likely and that the world is dying making this movie likely to happen. The movie has a good ending but I think they should have made the woman's child white instead. It would make more money and as a commercial film this movies goal is to make more money and if they have a white woman with a black child racists won't want to go see this movie and won't learn the error of there ways. Overall, The Day the Earth Stood still is a great movie filled with environmental action and a great message for the whole family. It's a must see if you want to get into this new generation of green madness!
Keanu Reeves is still a wooden as ever (heh heh, wood), but it's more appropriate now due to his character. I think Jennifer Connelly was poorly cast and the kid isn't that great either. So far I already don't like the cast. I don't like the fact that the alien who has come to help us find peace, is doing something that would harm people. That's like a flower polluting. Plus the special effects weren't that great, they were like millions of flies and a giant ball, barely any variety. I don't immediately put down movies because they're remakes. So I don't like this movie because I just don't. Not just because I liked the original.
Keanu Reeves plays an extra-terrestrial being named Clatu in the new film, The Day the Earth Stood Still. He comes to Earth in a giant sphere to save the planet from its most destructive inhabitants, the human race. Clatu plans to ferry the animals of earth to a safe location while the planet is rid of all human structures. A memorable scene in the movie, is the introduction of Clatu and the giant indestructible autamaton he brought with him, which would later be used for the mass destruction. Keanu ReevesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ dark and ominous acting was perfect for the role; unfortunately, the movie itself did not amount to anything more than mediocrity. Most of the suspenseful, on-the-edge moments of the movie had easily predictable outcomes. However, one good lesson could be taken from the film and that is the theme of sustainability and the need for humans to be more conservative. This is not a film recommended to all moviegoers, but a movie exclusively for students, unsustainable people, and Keanu Reeves fans.
First of all, the special effects looked fake by todays standards. Secondly, I'm really sick and tired of Hollywood using movies to push their political agenda. If I want to learn more about the "THEORY" of global warming I'll watch a documantary. Don't wast your money or time on this one! Rent the original version, it's much better!
(The Day The Earth Stood Stymied)
Well, I hardly know where to begin. Was it the writing?
The direction? The Acting or the lack there of. Thank God for Kathy Bates. Speaking of ... was it the fact that she was far outshining the alleged star that some part of the 20th Century machine had a secret meeting with wardrobe and said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“make sure You fit her with a really bad wigÃ¢â‚¬Â. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m just astounded by the depth of badness this film has achieved. And not like it would be fun to watch again bad, i.e. Ã¢â‚¬ËœPlan 9 from outer spaceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, but bad as in when itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s released to TV, I would rather watch an infomercial.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to thwart the studios attempts to make some money off this to help pay for the ridiculous special effects. By all means go and see for Yourself. The best bit of acting from Keanuu came when he was trying to drink water. I know it must have taken allot out of him. As a suggestion for his next role he should consider
remaking the TV series Kung Fu. Forgive them Robert Wise, they know not what the heck theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing and have not learned from the master of his craft.
I should have known it was going to be bad from the get when within 10 minutes of starting my sons and I turned it into a live science fiction theatre 3000. While filing out of the theatre We were discussing the highlights and favorite scenes. We all agreed that when Keanuu got the tuna sandwich and then when into the bathroom and collapsed, someone called out, Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbad tunaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. That was pretty funny. So maybe I take it back. Maybe this movie does deserve a second viewing. Only this time, asap, WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give it the full SciFi 3000 treatment it deserves.
As a consolation for fans of the original movie I can tell You this was NOT a remake. This was an entirely different movie. They just slapped a few scenes in there that were similar. Lifted a few character names but by no means the character. They certainly left the old message intact by developing a script that had more in common with Al GoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Ëœan Inconvenient truthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and outright stole the title, The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Come to think of it, I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t help but wonder if they had to go in and re-shoot the last scene because someone must have pointed out that at no point during the movie did anything actually stand still.
Well at least they justified steeling the title but there still refuses to be any explicable reason why everything came to a stop other than the movie was over and everybody turned to eachother and said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“is that it?Ã¢â‚¬Â Like one of those movies You keep watching, hoping it will offer one good reason to Your wallet yet invariably feeling You fell victim to a clever bamboozle.
I would think that the makers of the original should sue but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re the same people. All I can tell You is, You keep going to the same place for pizza cause they make the best. Then one day the pizza maker leaves and You know the difference, and it ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t no good, not much unlike this sorry excuse for a movie.
Within a millisecond of the first credit showing my son spoke out loud: Ã¢â‚¬Å“that was the worst movie IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever sat throughÃ¢â‚¬Â. We also went to see Dee SnyderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœStrangeLandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Not that that was good, but it was better. The entire way home I kept trying to put into words where the production went awry. He was obviously in shock. He kept interrupting my train of thought with Ã¢â‚¬Å“that was the worst movie IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever sat throughÃ¢â‚¬Â as though he were permanently scarred. Upon arrival home he said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanna watch the old one right away so I can get this one out of my headÃ¢â‚¬Â.
My heart was so into it. Like any good love affair gone by the way, perhaps my expectations were too high. The entire ordeal of this screenplay can easily be summed up in the first miss strokes of the brush. As the audience braces for certain destruction from a deep space impact there is just as suddenly, no money shot, no pay off. Baited and Waiting for the big impact and then it never came. In the midst of making love my lover passed out. Quite the disappointment.
I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be calling again any time soon.
note: Stymied = a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
At The Movies
The Day the Earth Stood Still (PG) * * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let the title or special effects fool you. The Day the Earth Stood Still is a scary eye-opener from Twentieth Century Fox now enthralling audiences at Scotiabank Theatre, Oakridge Cinemas, Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites around B.C. By all means see this film in the larger IMAX format if you live near an IMAX theatre to get its full impact. Check that. Maybe scary is not the right word to define this film, but it sure does have an eerie feel to it which is part of the message in this special effects laden spectacular.
Remakes can be hard to pull off. Back in 1951 the first The Day the Earth Stood Still was somewhat of a landmark film that startled audiences, much like the classic War of the Worlds did. Guess what, that film was also redone by none other than Steven Spielberg. Now director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) gets his hands on bringing a trailblazer to scores of new audiences and achieves a commendable result.
2008 must go down as the year of the environment. Take the political component, ecology and the like out of the equation and in no short order a slew of message films on our very survival have come to the fore. Unlike the action Ã¢â‚¬â€œ packed James Bond thrilling Quantum of Solace and high voltage Transporter 3 which had subthemes of the environment The Day the Earth Stood Still makes concerns for the very survival of our planet the ultimate hook.
Trouble big time erupts for our planet when some strange sphere like object descends on New York. Now this city of 8 million plus faces the prospect of annihilation and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only the start as the doomsday clock kicks in big time on a global scale. Imagine the chaos unfolding and the panic in the streets.
Local law enforcement is rather clueless to stop the Ã¢â‚¬Å“invasionÃ¢â‚¬Â as similar like spheres begin to clutter the globe. When one inhabitant of these spaceships goes awol it sets off a chain of events reaching the heights of global political leadership with the lives of the very planet coming into play.
Just whether these new arrivals are peaceful or not ratchets up the fear factor. Only one intruder, Klaatu, holds the key to that very question. Captured like a wild animal this Ã¢â‚¬Å“visitorÃ¢â‚¬Â seems human enough but possesses unbelievable, almost God-like powers. Due to the gravity of the situation the U.S. government, now in full panic mode, pulls out all the stops to determine how best to deal with the situation. As things become a bit violent the best gathered minds on the scientific spectrum are called in to help remedy the situation.
Action-packed and full of uncertainty, The Day the Earth Stood Still is definitely an eye-opener that will keep you on your seats throughout with suspense oozing forward. Canadian raised Lebanese born Keanu Reeves (The Matrix) says little but projects a lot as Klaatu, the being from who knows where who holds the key to the survival of the planet. Lovely Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) gives scientists everywhere a good name as Helen Benson, a professor whose specialty comes in handy to help defuse the situation.
Will Smith, watch out. Perhaps the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most bankable box office star has some bonafide competition here as son Jaden (The Pursuit of Happyness) clearly will draw onlookers in as Jacob Bensen, a young boy caught in the midst of the pending paranoia. Blessed with good genes from dad Will and mom Jada Pinkett this kid has considerable acting chops and will have a tremendous future on screen.
For 103 minutes this stunner of a film combines fascination with fear and the whole military preparedness of the American government to Ã¢â‚¬Å“handleÃ¢â‚¬Â the situation has obvious modern parallels. Keen observers may note some local landmarks as this movie was shot in Vancouver. Also worth noting is the rather by the book portrayal of your typical civil servant as Kathy Bates (Misery) shines as a government player.
Worth the wait and worth a gander is The Day the Earth Stood Still, a commendable effort showing that we had better be careful how we look after each other and our environment or perhaps face devastating consequences. You can make a difference. Heed the warning.
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Being a huge 50's sci-fi movie fan, I really did not expect this remake to be anything other than to cash in on the title and have mind blowing special effects and sound. After all,the real money is in DVD sales. It's got to look great on those Blue-ray players,right? What I did not expect was this to be one of the worst movies of all time. I was shocked how bad it was. How did this get past the studio exec's without someone commiting suicide. A lot of careers will end with this one,that's for sure. GOOD GRIEF.