Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. Written by
The robot figure intercepts the MQ-9 Reapers and flies them into what is depicted as a M1 Abrams Main battle tank. The destruction depicted could not have happened, even with the missile warheads on-board. The M1 variant tanks have taken hits from "explosive" tank rounds in combat with only minimal damage to their advanced armor composites. See more »
[Seated at a McDonald's, Klaatu begins speaking to Mr. Wu in Mandarin]
You've been out of contact for a long time.
I had a dangerous assignment. This is hostile territory.
I've noticed. I was hoping I could reason with them.
I'm afraid they are not a reasonable race. I've been living amongst them for seventy years now. I know them well.
Any attempt to intercede with them would be futile. They are destructive, and they won't change.
Is that your official report?
The tragedy is, they know ...
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A really good try, but what starts out as something potentially great ends up only a little above average
Yes, this is yet another remake from the "Hollywood Machine," and as with all others that came before it, the announcement of this one was met with anger from film buffs all over. The original, nearly 60 years old, is considered a classic of Scientific Fiction. I myself have yet to see it, so I can't compare the two, but I didn't mind that this was a remake and went into it with an open mind. The film showed great promise. An all-star cast, a talented director who seems to get better with each film, striking visuals, and a good premise. Now this of course isn't the first of the 1950s Sci-Fi flicks to get remake.
In 2005 we saw a new 'War of the Worlds' and in 2007 a third update of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' in the simply titled 'The Invasion.' Both have their supporters, but neither really did that well at the box office and reviews were mixed, especially for the latter. But I guess they both did well enough that other studios felt updating other genre classics was a smart move. Come 2008 we have this latest addition and so far it too hasn't sparked too much excitement and after seeing it for myself, I can see why. The film that showed so much promise, is far from failure, but will not be thought of as a classic as the original is and always will be.
Pros: A stellar cast, great performances from all. Director Scott Derrickson showed promise in 'Hellraiser: Inferno' and has proved to be a strong force in the director's chair. He keeps things moving, handles the action well, and creates stunning visuals. Tyler Bates composes a strong score. For the most part the CGI is very good. Moves at a fast pace. Some decent action scenes. A few good shocks.
Cons: Sometimes the CGI is too obvious and hurts the impact of some scenes. Jaden Smith is a good actor, but his character is so poorly written. He's so rude and bratty. This starts out like it will be a film with more depth and substance than most, but is executed in such a simple and straight-forward way. Things wrap up too quickly.
Final thoughts: It's such a shame when a film has such a great cast, looks so good, has some good ideas, and isn't dull, but has such a bland script. So much more could have been done with this but instead of escaping the clichés and going outside of the box, the makers of the film played it safe and gave us something that looks good on the outside, but lacks substance. If you go in with low expectations and view this as little more than a popcorn movie with an A-List cast and direction you might enjoy it.
My rating: 3.5/5
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