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½ May 3, 2018
While many know the film by its most recent rendition in 2008, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" had its first appearance in 1951. Although it may seem cheesy in today's move world, the film is still one of the best to first make contact with the extraterrestrial. Today's alien-genre films focus on the other-wordly creatures as the enemy, traveling to Earth to destroy or wipe out the human race. With this classic, the only alien, Klaatu (Michael Rennie), comes to warn the humans, giving them a chance before any threats are made.

The interesting thing about this film is although it is set back in the 1950's, Robert Wise's message still resonates in today's time where the planet is filled with war and nuclear threats. It really shows how the world goes into chaos when there is no electricity or technology as you see in one scene where Klaatu almost makes time stop without the electricity working.

Wise also demonstrates the errors we have in our government even in the twentieth century and how our government views war as being the "right thing to do" as with Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea.

While the basis of the film is well-done, I found the acting subpar. Rennie felt monotoned and though he was reading his lines word for word while the rest seemed overdramatic and rehearsed.

Although the film is shot in black and white, there still is an aspect of color that got the film to become a "grade A production" for that time period. And if anything, this film sets the tone for the science fiction genre that continued onwards with films like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "Alien".

Even though that casts' efforts were not the best, the story and depiction of the genre excel and make the movie an all-time classic. I have not yet seen the Keanu Reeves version although I feel like it could not be the original "The Day The Earth Stood Still".

"The Day The Earth Stood Still"



Running Time: 70 min
April 22, 2018
Under the guise of its cheesy, but entertaining, sci-fi aesthetic, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' intelligently and maturely delivers a pacifist message. A message that has continued to strongly resonate with audiences since its post World War II era. Highlights include the chilling score composed by Bernard Herrmann, Robert Wise's direction, Edmund H. North's writing, and Michael Rennie as the brilliant alien Klaatu whose humanoid appearance only further emphasizes the definition of the film's message.
This is a film that has proudly earned its Hollywood Classic stamp.
April 14, 2018
Just as relevant nearly 70 years after its release.
February 10, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
November 2, 2017
The Day The Earth Stood Still: A Sci-Fi momumental classic. Its many imitators have never reached the hights of the orignial.
October 17, 2017
Yan's Mom Jennifer Did See A Remake Of This Back In 2008 And She Did Walk Out Of It During The Middle Of It, She Once Told His Son Yan That It Was So Really Bad, New York Times Film Critic Jay Sherman Did Call The 2008 Remake His Tenth Worst Film Of 2008 On His Worst Of 2008 List.
½ October 5, 2017
Perhaps one of the best of the 1950s crop of high-minded science fiction, The Day the Earth Stood Still remains vividly intelligent and surprisingly modern to this day, with thrills that nearly match its wit.
August 20, 2017
Michael Renne'...Yummy.
½ July 6, 2017
Good old-fashioned sci-fi classic from the 50s. There's something about these old sci-fi movies, maybe it's timeless message that they carry. Or maybe it's that they were done with great care and true emotion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.
This particular example is a very strong movie of its kind with eerie music by Bernard Herrman and nuanced direction. People back then did these movies impelled by the true feeling of dread of nuclear annihilation.
July 2, 2017
A classic sci-fi film that's slightly dated, but provides commentary that's still relevant to this day.
June 4, 2017
What a classic. 1951! Smarter than anything made for years.
March 16, 2017
Looks outdated because it was from the start, but the films topics are important even now.
March 15, 2017
With strong performances by Michael Rennie and Patricia Neal, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a classic science fiction movie that was well ahead of it's time - first for using science fiction to tell a story instead of having Martians attack the Earth (which was common in the movies even then) and for warning of the dangers and impact of nuclear war at such an early time. And Gort is a classic character even now.
March 13, 2017
A great movie...a classic
February 12, 2017
Great movie and message. Excellent cast. Love this Classic!
February 5, 2017
I thought I knew basically what this movie was about from cultural osmosis, because I've heard it referenced frequently. Sure enough the themes of this movie did little to surprise me. The movie feels like just another B-movie that could end up on MST3K, but the subject matter does a lot to elevate it above the dreck. It hits on some strong topics that were vitally important back in the 50s.

I thought Michael Rennie was good as Klaatu. He had an alien demeanor to him that was almost robotic, but there was also an underlying softness that took off some of the edge when he was interacting with other people. Child actors are often a struggle for me, but I enjoyed Bobby Benson. It's certainly in the golly-gee style of many 50s kid's performances, but it seemed to fit with this movie and his role in it.

I couldn't help laughing at a few of the ways life was different back then. For instance, when the Mom allows her son to spend the day with a stranger touring the city. Also, the police seemed entirely too laid back and relaxed when tensions were escalating. The nature of Klaatu's mission is a little odd when you actually think about it, but I got over it quickly because the message he delivers had significant relevance to the original viewers of this movie.

It's a film that I did enjoy to a point, but it didn't impress me in any significant way. It possibly suffered a bit because I literally saw it only a few hours before I went to see Arrival in the theater, and that movie has some similar themes but is more nuanced in the way those things are handled. I'd probably watch The Day the Earth Stood Still again if asked but it won't make my list of favorite science fiction films.
January 10, 2017
Great movie. Seen it many times. Light years better than the crappy remake. It's also a great history movie showing us in a simpler era.
January 7, 2017
this is a classic sci-fi movie
September 2, 2016
Robert Wise's sci-fi masterpiece is on the top of all politicans' must-see list.
½ July 11, 2016
Cheesy and a little overacted, with all the usual cliches, but all in all a nice movie
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