Day the Earth Stood Still Movie Reviews
User reviews on Day the Earth Stood Still
This flick is definitely worth seeing as an update to the original "Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951). In the original, the alien visit was in warning to our planet that we would be summarily destroyed in a preemptive war by advanced alien civilizations before our poorly controlled fears and violent, primitive human emotions became a nuclear threat to them. In reality, that 1951 work reflected the horror felt by much of humankind at the prospect of self-annihilation through atomic and hydrogen bombs / nuclear war.
This 2008 update reflects the horror felt by much of humankind at the prospect of self-annihilation through global warming, environmental degradation and generally, incompetent stewardship of Earth -- it is a rejection of the ultimately self-destructive concept that the Earth is ours to dominate and exploit as we see fit. In response to the US Secretary of Defense (Kathy Bates) statement that "This is OUR planet", Klatu (Keanu Reeves) states simply and quietly, "No it isn't" -- that was the very point of the movie. After futile military violence against the "alien invader", it was clear that the fate of the human race hung on DIPLOMACY rather than threat or aggressive military action. Given the acknowledgment of the 'inconvenient truth' that humans collectively have become THE primary threat to life on Earth, the only hope was to convince Platu that we can change. Noting that the 1951 Platu (Michael Rinne) was extraordinary, Keanu played the role extremely well for 2008. Aside from numerous 'product placements' that render good movies slightly cheesy, I still enjoyed the special effects and I especially appreciated the futuristic technology implied by the alien's vessel, 'space suit', advanced robotics including nano-robots (mini- and micro-bots), all of which reflect some serious research interests of modern engineers at places like MIT, Purdue, CIT, and even NCSU. I'd see it again - do go and see it for yourself.
This movie was ok. I thought the special effects were amazing. Gort was better than the other one.
keanu was very good. I love him and he played his part well. he showed no emotion like he was supposed to. Jennifer was good, she acted like she was into the movie. Jaden Smith and Kathy Bates were terrible. Jaden seemed unemotionable. The movie didn't need him. Kathy was just not into her role.
This movie is not what I call blockbuster hit but its better than what some people are crediting for.
Did not live up to my expectation or the hype. Frankly, it was BORING. I tried to figure out exactly what makes it so boring and came to the conclusion that the plot in general is paper thin. While the Smith kid is cute, the acting all around is mediocre. The only part I like is when the movie takes subtle swipes at George Bush.
Ho hum. Not much of a plot. Casting, other than Keanu Reeves, is very odd. Kathy Bates as Secretary of Defense? Oy.
The alien mothership is really lame. I've seen flash animations by 8th graders that were more impressive.
Bring back the original. This is a stinker. Don't waste your money. Use it to rent the original
The movie is pretty well done for what the producers apparently wanted, but has too many flaws for me to recommend it. You will only enjoy this movie if you are a militant environmentalist who wishes aliens would come to the planet and bully all of the human inhabitants into living like we were still in the stone age so that "the earth is saved." I almost left the theater with one of the "I'm here to save the earth, not you" lines. There are so many holes in Klatu's (the writers of the script) logic and "knowledge" about the environment that his logic is perforated!
Also, the dynamics of the characters and the movie tend toward dark for all involved, especially the young boy whose character is a disturbed stereotype. This boy really never befriends Klatu, as happened in the earlier version of this movie. Of course it would be hard to befriend the character portrayed by Keanu Reeves as he is an insufferable elitist with little or not emotion.
Check out the original movie and skip this one. You will get a movie with a positive message about humanity and its future, with a stern but warm and caring warning from Klatu and his friends. If you see this one you will get a dark view of humanity and be hit with one of the least subtle, and worst thought out messages ever to grace the silver screen.