The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

The 1951 original that earned cult status lands itself a slick modern remake. In that instance, an alien, Klaatu, and his robot counterpart, Gort, travelled to earth to warn us of the dangers of nuclear weapons in the cold war age, but the message has been updated for the twenty first century, now aimed at our destruction of the environment.

Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu, a "friendly" being from a distant intergalactic location. Governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind his appearance, and his claims to know of an impending attack on Earth. Astro-biologist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and her son (Jaden Smith) get caught up in Naatu's mission.

2008104 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

This botched remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" seriously dishonors the seriously fine 1951 sci-fi landmark on which it's based.

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Surprise! The remake is not a heresy. It's a decent enough stab at being what the old movie was to its time, following the same basic plot, full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects.

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Salon

Salon

press

A jumble of spare parts and leftover dialogue, as if it had been assembled out of unused bits of every movie where an unknown whatzit threatens our way of life and the government goes into full institutional pants-crapping panic mode.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.

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Newshub

Newshub

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Steer well clear and rent the original instead.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This contemporary remake of the science-fiction classic knew what it was doing when it cast Keanu Reeves, the movies' greatest stone face since Buster Keaton.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A remake that does not disgrace the original, this is sufficiently different to stand alone and just as relevant in its concerns – as well as succeeding (arguably better) as a thriller. And after this performance, are we sure that Keanu Reeves is really human?

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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It's rubbish.

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Jaden Smith ruined it for us.

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this film is the best. better than the Godfather great acting a must see

5.0
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Great!

5.0
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The original TDTESS was a rare gem in the 1950s; A story taken from a science fiction magazine, turned into an inteeligent if slow-paced movie about what first constact with a technologically superior and pacifist alien culture would be like. Updating it to serve an ecological turn of thinking might have been done well, as the work of John Varley and other...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This botched remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" seriously dishonors the seriously fine 1951 sci-fi landmark on which it's based.

0
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

press

Surprise! The remake is not a heresy. It's a decent enough stab at being what the old movie was to its time, following the same basic plot, full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects.

0
Salon

Salon

press

A jumble of spare parts and leftover dialogue, as if it had been assembled out of unused bits of every movie where an unknown whatzit threatens our way of life and the government goes into full institutional pants-crapping panic mode.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

All this is presented in an expensive, good-looking film that is well-made by Scott Derrickson, but to no avail.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Steer well clear and rent the original instead.

1.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This contemporary remake of the science-fiction classic knew what it was doing when it cast Keanu Reeves, the movies' greatest stone face since Buster Keaton.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A remake that does not disgrace the original, this is sufficiently different to stand alone and just as relevant in its concerns – as well as succeeding (arguably better) as a thriller. And after this performance, are we sure that Keanu Reeves is really human?

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's rubbish.

1.0
0

Jaden Smith ruined it for us.

1.0
0

this film is the best. better than the Godfather great acting a must see

5.0
0

Great!

5.0
0

The original TDTESS was a rare gem in the 1950s; A story taken from a science fiction magazine, turned into an inteeligent if slow-paced movie about what first constact with a technologically superior and pacifist alien culture would be like. Updating it to serve an ecological turn of thinking might have been done well, as the work of John Varley and...

1.0
0