The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Critic Consensus: Heavy on special effects, but without a coherent story at its base, The Day the Earth Stood Still is subpar re-imagining of the 1951 science-fiction classic.
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as Helen Benson
as Dr. Granier
as Prof. Barnhardt
as John Driscoll
as Mr. Wu
as Dr. Myron
as Target Tech
as William Kwan
as Laptop Woman
as Agent Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Day the Earth Stood Still
The special effects in 1951 were hokey fun. Here, in the first half of the movie anyway, they are hokey but they aren't fun.
The remake of that fine old fifties alien-invasion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still comes to a standstill about an hour before the Earth does in the wilds of New Jersey.
One can only hope that in the future [Reeves] will devote himself to playing androids, less-self-aware species of undead, stylish pieces of contemporary furniture, and other roles that do not require the exhibition of any recognizably human traits.
You'll be doing yourself a huge favor if you go into this movie with lowered expectations.
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"Change his mind. Not with reason, but with yourself." A mysterious alien presence arrives on earth, causing chaos, confusion, and many questions. Primarily, why is it here? Is this humanity's hour of judgment, or salvation? I really don't know how I found The Day The Earth Stood Still to be bearable enough to finish. It's clunky, often boring, and heavy-handed in a way that good science fiction never is. The worst flaws are the script and dialogue, which are simply terrible. Poor Jennifer Connelly often looks like she can't believe the words that are coming out of her mouth, and the other actors don't have it any better. I like Keanu Reaves, but here he is somehow still too stiff and emotionless for a character that's SUPPOSED to be stiff and emotionless. Dull subplots focusing on annoying characters somehow make an already boring movie even worse. There's really not even an memorable action or special effects scenes to make things interesting, even briefly. There's no emotion here, no excitement, nothing to engage the viewer. The Day the Earth Stood Still is just an empty experience.
awful. absolutely awful... "Now, please; tell me why have you come to our planet?" *Keanu Reeves turns his flat and expressionless face towards the speaker* "Your planet? It is not." LOL OK
The Day the Earth Stood Still Quotes
|Professor Barnhardt:||It's only at the precipice that we change.|
|Helen Benson:||National security? Well that just means whatever you want it to mean.|
|Regina Jackson:||Yes; this is our planet.|
|Regina Jackson:||Yes, this is our planet.|
|Klaatu:||No, it is not.|
|Helen Benson:||Have you done your homework?|
|Jacob Benson:||School's canceled on account of the aliens.|