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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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Scott Derrickson

Writers:

David Scarpa (screenplay), Edmund H. North
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly ... Helen Benson
Kathy Bates ... Regina Jackson
Jaden Smith ... Jacob Benson
John Cleese ... Professor Barnhardt
Jon Hamm ... Michael Granier
Kyle Chandler ... John Driscoll
Robert Knepper ... Colonel
James Hong ... Mr. Wu
John Rothman ... Dr. Myron
Sunita Prasad ... Rouhani
Juan Riedinger ... William Kwan
Sam Gilroy ... Tom
Tanya Champoux ... Isabel
Rukiya Bernard ... Student
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.T.E.S.S. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,480,153, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$79,366,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$233,093,859
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jaden Smith's father Will turned down the lead, which became Keanu Reeves', in The Matrix (1999). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, when Helen Benson walks into the room of her son, in the background on a shelf you can see an action figure resembling a karate fighter due to its white outfit. However, when Helen leaves the room again, the figure is gone. It is replaced by an entirely different action figure. See more »

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Guardswoman: [Catching Helen with a cellphone after they had been forbidden] Is that a cell phone?
Helen Benson: [nods]
Guardswoman: [Chokingly] Can I borrow it?
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The Goldberg Variations: Aria Da Capo and Variation No. 1
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Performed by Ryan Franks
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Nice on the Small Screen; see it if you're a fan of the original.
12 December 2008 | by ven2sSee all my reviews

First off, if you are a fan of the original, like me, you will see this movie in spite of all the good or bad reviews. It is a different take on the original while dealing with much of the same themes; namely,our tendency to destroy ourselves, others and everything. What I found fascinating was the film's take on the character of Klaatu, which seemed more realistic and more alien than the original. Also, I liked the reason for the the visitation...which, like the original, was not the conventional invasion theme. Unfortunately, this central reason, which lies at the core of the film, has been so frequently preached, that I felt it was basically lost on the choir. But if you can bear that and go along for the ride, I think you will enjoy it. Like the recent X-Files film, seen on a big screen, the CGI flaws and lack of big whiz bang special effects, will be very apparent and the film will seem more remote. But a smaller-artsy-screen (20'X 50')seems to make it easier to connect with; for this reason, I have a feeling that it will be a cult classic once it hits the DVD and large flat screen TV viewing crowd.

The movie could have done more character development and been much more complex, for our times. But in such complicated times, sometimes it's just nice to go see a simple movie with basic themes.


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