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The Day the Earth Stopped (2008)

Hundreds of massive intergalactic robots appear in all of the world's major capitals with an ultimatum: Prove the value of human civilization or be destroyed.


C. Thomas Howell


Darren Dalton (screenplay), Carey Van Dyke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... Josh Myron
Judd Nelson ... Charlie
Darren Dalton ... Prewitt
Sinead McCafferty Sinead McCafferty ... Sky
Bug Hall ... Man
Cameron Bender ... Sam
Jonathan Sanders Jonathan Sanders ... Aide
Lew Knopp ... Davis
Reiko Kaneshiro Reiko Kaneshiro ... Lisa
Jason Ellefson Jason Ellefson ... Dr. Shankman
Graham Denman Graham Denman ... Urchin
Scotty Carlisle Scotty Carlisle ... Guard
Prince Pheenix Wade Prince Pheenix Wade ... Guard
Theron Cook ... Guard (as Theron Cook II)
Jose Prendes Jose Prendes ... Guard


Hundreds of massive intergalactic robots appear in all of the world's major capitals with an ultimatum: Prove the value of human civilization or be destroyed.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


By night they will come, by day we will be gone.


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap, amikor a Föld megállt See more »

Filming Locations:

Compton, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Charlie: Prove that Human life has value. How are we supposed to do that, take her to see the goddamn Lion King?
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Horrible in practically every way
15 December 2008 | by bwdudeSee all my reviews

Blinded by the (formerly) not so bad rating, I decided to give it a chance.

At least it could have been some nice foreplay until "the one" with Keanu comes out. (pun intended) But it wasn't.

Where do I start ... bad BAD acting of almost everybody in the movie. Especially bad editing, sometimes there are cuts that have absolutely nothing to do with the current scene. Like near the beginning when you hear two people talking and at the same time see shots of people working silently on their computers. And don't get me started on the script.

Then there's the "logic factor" once again. 666 giant robots are landing on major cities on earth, yet there are NO people on the streets, no hysteria, not even simple curiosity. Everybody is rather calm, like this would happen every day. It's like we (the unfortunate viewers of the movie) get to see them, but nobody else, apart from the principal actors.

Like other people already mentioned, the superior aliens (in human form) are landing on earth. They have great powers and great knowledge. But a simple sedative knocks them out and an even simpler cell can hold them?

In general this *could* have been a nice variation on the original theme, that's why I gave it two instead of one points.

It may have been due to budget restrictions, or that they wanted to kick it out before the Keanu-movie. Either way, it did not do it any good.

As I said in the title: It's horrible in practically every way, don't waste your time on it.

Watch the original or wait for Keanu.

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