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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction 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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He came to save the Earth. Not us. See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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

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12 December 2008 (USA)  »

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D.T.E.S.S.  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,000,000, 12 December 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$79,366,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$233,093,859
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The DVD and Blu-ray release of the film came packaged with a disc containing the original classic. This is a new disc, and does not contain any special features. See more »

Goofs

In the sequence when the world's electricity is "neutralized", the shot of London, showing stopped traffic around the Thames River, there is clearly a motor boat moving up the Thames and out of the shot. If all of the car engines were stopped, the boat's engine would also have been stopped, too. See more »

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Helen Benson: Have you done your homework?
Jacob Benson: School's canceled on account of the aliens.
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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On the Radio
Written and Performed by Larry Bagby
Courtesy of California Country Records
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Very disappointing
12 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

Why do these movies feel they need to include a bratty, spoiled, overbearing kid?? The ridiculous performance of Jaden Smith added annoyance to the empty script.

The movie starts off well enough, and then tries miserably to develop the characters and make us care for them. The Bates role is absurd; Cleese's role has virtually nothing to say this amazing encounter. The military point of view is typical; as if there's only one area where the military is useful (I would expect nothing less from "Hollywood").

There were some very interesting ideas (the sphere-like ship, the nanobots, the Gort acronym) and the effects were top notch, however Gort (the one thing the movie had going for it) was on screen for less then 10 minutes.

Keanu was perfectly cast and Connelly does a good job with what's given to her. All in all, another flop of a remake. This actually makes the War of the Worlds remake shine.

I saw this movie in IMAX - if you're going to see it, find an IMAX theater. Lastly, am I the only sick of seeing the same old New York back drop? I love New York City, but come on! Be original!


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