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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

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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 garykmcd

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12.12.08 is the Day the Earth Stood Still

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Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence | See all certifications »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,752,132 (UK) (12 December 2008)

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$79,363,785 (USA) (27 March 2009)
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The film was released on December 12, 2008, which was coincidentally star Jennifer Connelly's 38th birthday. See more »

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As soon as it was discovered that the object was not following a gravitational freefall trajectory, it would have been known to not be a natural object. However, the make-up of the science team that's been assembled (including a civil engineer) suggests that the plan is more for dealing with First Contact than physical aftermath of an impact, suggesting that they are quite aware the object is Alien rather than natural. After all, if the scientists had been gathered only to deal with the aftermath, then they would have been gathered at a location a safe distance from the predicted landing site. See more »

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Klaatu: [to Helen] Your professor is right. At the precipice we change.
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The Goldberg Variations: Aria Da Capo and Variation No. 1
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The Kid's Not Alright
24 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can one little kid ruin a movie?

Yup.

Think I'm exaggerating? Watch this film. You can see Exhibit A of it right here in this science-fiction "classic" film, a re-make of the 1950s hit movie of the same title. This re-make actually would have only "bad" without inserting this annoying kid, but he made it "horrendous." Jaden Smith as "Jacob Benson" is a spoiled, chip-on-his-shoulder, disrespectful kid who incessantly talks back to his mother, who puts up with it - which is equally annoying for most audiences.

What was the purpose of inserting this kid in the film? What were the writers thinking? I'm glad to see a number of reviewers here agree with me on this one. I guess if you're the son of a famous actor (Will Smith), they'll insert you in film roles, even if there is no purpose to it. And Hollywood wonders why people don't go to the movies much any more, and they sneer at pitiful re-makes?

Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves was a good choice for his starring role: an emotionless robot-like alien. Reeves is such a wooden-sounding actor to begin with that playing a bland robot is good casting for him. "Klaatu" is tailor-made for him.

Comedy was provided via the ludicrous environmental fear-mongering message in here. I laughed out loud in several spots when "Klaatu" explained to us the reason for his mission. It's so stupid, it's laughable. I was reminded of Ed Wood's horrible sci-fi stories in the 1950s.

I will say some of the special-effects and the surround sound in here is excellent. It was the highlight of the movie. These are good visuals and good audio, and a nice film to view on Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, the story got in the way.


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