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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 film)

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The 2008 sci-fi remake directed by Scott Derrickson.

  The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 American science fiction film, a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, the film updates the Cold War theme of nuclear warfare to the … see full wiki

Director: Scott Derrickson
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: April 7, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
18 reviews about The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 film)
review by . December 13, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
As someone who has yet to see the original The Day The Earth Stood Still, I thought that the remake was a pretty decent movie.  It was suspenseful and I literally had chills going down my spine throughout most of it.  The special effects were impressive.      Jennifer Connelly played the character of Helen Benson beautifully, and the matching of Keanu Reeves to his character Klaatu was a match made in heaven.  If lifeless, emotionless alien was what he was going …
review by . February 27, 2011
posted in SF Signal
Where to begin? As one of the most vocal critics of the concept of 'remakes', I felt that it was only fair to the new version of TDTESS, and to everyone else who's put up with my incessant reminders to watch the original, to actually watch the remake itself. My opinions hold no water if I take the stance of refusing to watch the remake on the grounds that it is such an affront to the original, to serious fans of science fiction film and etc., etc. I almost did fall into that trap: the …
review by . February 25, 2011
This remake of a classic SF movie (which I can’t comment on since I’ve never seen it) completely blows. Fundamentalist aliens come to earth to play God and vanquish humanity for its sin against the earth with grey goo. I don’t have per se a problem with aliens trying to kill humanity because of their ideology (as a plot device), but the movie tries to sell it as if the aliens have the higher moral ground, which I found dubious to say the least. Any culture that accepts mass murder …
review by . November 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
The original 1951 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still is without question one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.  I'm not usually opposed to a remake of a film.  I believe in letting remakes stand on their own two feet without having to be compared to the original.  Yet for whatever reason even when viewing movies through this kind of lens remakes are almost never good.  Not because they don't measure up to the creations they're trying to recreate, but …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is not the worst movie I have ever seen, but it was bad enough for me to remember that it was bad. For the kind of story that it is, the movie could have been a whole lot more compelling or chilling, but it wasn't. It was a flat movie with bad cgi and bad acting.
Quick Tip by . July 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Boring, boring, boring, I think I feel asleep twice during the film which never happens to me. Skip at all costs and save yourself 2+ hours.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I rarely leave a movie theater with a very empty feeling, but I did leave The Day the Earth Stood Still with that kind of feeling. It has a few amazing special effects but it's very rare that a film doesn't have some other redeeming quality. Here you're getting some good special effects (the majority of which don't come out until the very end of the film) but aside from that there isn't much to write home about with The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I love end of the world style films and this one was good one. Sure, it flopped but I liked it
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
not what i expected at all. i didnt even want to sit through the whole thing in the theater, it was slow, boring, and very predictiable.
review by . April 10, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
decimation scene
Remakes are a dime-a-dozen as I've said before. I do have to acknowledge that sometimes, a remake may be necessary to cater to a new generation. It has been some years ago since last I saw Robert Wise's 1951 original and I have to admit I didn't re-watch it before exposing myself to this 2008 remake helmed by Scott Derrickson. Many have considered the 1951 original film to be a true masterpiece, and belongs in the ranks of the most celebrated motion pictures ever made with "The Godfather", "Citizen …
review by . December 15, 2008
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Ok. I love Keanu Reeves. I love Jennifer Connelly. I did not, however, love the remake of this movie. My boyfriend and I went to see it in the theater on Friday evening, and I expected The Day the Earth Stood Still to be full of action and suspense. Instead, I caught myself yawning and struggling to keep my eyes open! How sad.     In my opinion, they were trying to get just the basic plot of the story covered in the movie. They didn't take the time to really show how Klaatu was …
review by . April 13, 2009
"The Day The Earth Stood Still" is a perfect example of why Hollywood just can't - can't - help themselves. The original movie, directed by Robert Wise, was a serious movie about the threat of nuclear war, and how an alien named Klaatu comes to Earth to warn us about how we're going to kill each other if we aren't careful. Something tells me we haven't learned much from Klaatu's message, and so a remake actually made sense. Sadly, that whole message of warning us against killing each other has been …
review by . March 16, 2009
Regina Jackson: I want to apologize to you; it seems we got off to a bad start.   Klaatu: It seems we did.     In fact, if the Secretary of Defense (Kathy Bates) and Klaatu the alien (Keanu Reeves) were referring to this movie in the above conversation; I'd have to disagree and say that it got off to a rather good start, but then blasted itself to smithereens with its overwhelming emphasis on special effects.     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS): …
review by . July 17, 2009
A gigantic flying object is headed straight for Central Park at speeds guaranteed to destroy all life on Earth. There's only a slim chance of stopping it, so what does the American military industrial complex do? Gather all of the world's best scientists and put them in a helicopter hovering right next to the predicted site of impact, so they can cross their fingers and pray, hoping for the object to slow down.     The opening scene of this silly science fiction affair -- where …
review by . December 22, 2008
Movie Poster
Yes! Everyone who watches this 2008 rendition is now dumber for having seen it. Remember the old adage...the enemy of my enemy is my friend? Well, this film expands on it with...a remake of a remake should be avoided. Before we dissect the modern version...let us probe its roots. The original had an excellent cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffee and Hugh Marlowe played the leads...it was directed by Robert Wise...and had a compelling story: Klaatu, an advanced human and his guarding robot …
review by . June 19, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
I never saw the 1951 classic, so I won't compare this film to that one. As other reviewers have noted, this version has good special effects. However, the plot seemed empty. The movie is nominally about an alien who wants to destroy the human race because we haven't taken care of it (presumably because of deforestation, global warming, etc). Yet, the film mostly tracks the story of Jennifer Connelly (an astrobiologist) and Keanu Reeves (Klaatu the alien). For a film supposedly about humanity, this …
review by . April 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
The original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is not only a classic piece of sci-fi cinema, it's also an all around classic movie. There are very little special effects in that film and emphasis was placed on the writing and character development. Over fifty years when it first was released in theatres, the film still holds up and resonates with audiences. It's a film that was done so well, that no remake should ever have been attempted, yet because it was so well done it was also inevitable that one …
review by . December 12, 2008
Earth 1
I had a funny feeling that this was the type of review  I would be writing about the much-anticipated remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still".   You must understand that the original 1951 version is my favorite Sci-Fi  flick of all-time.  Well, my instincts proved to be correct.   I found Keanu Reeves portrayal of  the alien Klaatu to be rather colorless and bland...positively no match for Michael Rennie's fine performance in …
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