The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
  • Time: 104 min
  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates

A representative of an alien race that went through drastic evolution to survive its own climate change, Klaatu comes to Earth to assess whether humanity can prevent the environmental damage they have inflicted on their own planet. When barred from speaking to the United Nations, he decides humankind shall be exterminated so the planet can survive.


  • The original “Day The Earth Stood Still” stands as one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made, and this thing is taking the legacy created by that cinematic masterpiece and smashing it into the ground. The storyline is too weak and the ending is even weaker. It is yet another Hollywood bomb that relies on CGI and fails to provide anyone or anything to care about. Keanu Reeves outdoes himself (in a bad way) on this one with his embarrassing performance. Remaking this movie was such a mistake with this cast. Most of the cast did not seem to believe the lines they were saying. There is absolutely nothing there to make me want to watch it again, so do yourself a favour and avoid it.

  • “Your professor is right. At the precipice we change.”

    What would you do when you’re sitting with your family in the middle of nowhere in the Ardennes in a primitive looking cabin with only a crossword puzzle and a Galaxy tablet that doesn’t work anymore because your limit of 150MB is reached ? I was smart enough to bring along my Medi8ter and connected it with the provided LCD-TV. Finally the kids got their overdose of cartoons and were sleeping in their cozy bed so I could browse on the Medi8ter and look for something to watch. Most of it are older movies like “The day the earth stood still”. I wished time would have stopped so I wouldn’t have wasted it.

    Unfortunately I haven’t seen the original film of 1951 and can’t compare this remake . On the other hand I’m not so eager to watch such an antique movie with probably non-existing special effects. But when the content of this remake is identical to the original and the remake stinks , then I certainly won’t bother to watch the original. So what is wrong with this movie ?

    The moral message this film wants to preach is well known to us , and I don’t like it when a movie tries to hammer that message in my head and wave with a pedantic finger at me. I admit that if we don’t change our mentality towards our planet it will bring serious consequences. So if we don’t change our eco plan and take care of pollution , use other sources of energy and be more peaceful and tolerant , Earth could become a dreary place to live on . The idea that there are more advanced civilizations out there watching over us and at some point decide to save Earth by destroying mankind, is a brilliant idea for a movie. My conclusion was that these aliens are terribly ridiculous and stupid. The intellectual study they made is thrown overboard because an attractive scientist is crying , along with her ​​stepson , at the grave of her husband . So please do remember this everybody ! Should it ever come to an alien invasion, then we’ll all just show an emotionally and compassionate side of ourselves . Success guaranteed! They’ll leave in a flash.

    The U.S. puts billions of dollars in research and equipment to detect life in the universe and try to make contact with them. Then one day an alien arrives at the horizon , not in a flying saucer but in a giant illuminating ball, and instantly the military machine awakes and starts acting , because they have received clear signals of hostile behavior. The first extraterrestrial sets foot/leg/tentacle or whatever supporting material on earth and is shot without mercy before he can say a greeting. At that time I just wanted to stop this movie and save myself from more ridiculous rubbish. And yes, it got worse .

    The alien Klaatu , is taken to a field hospital and starts to melt in some way after which a human figure is appearing out of those slimes. The logical question asked at Dr. Helen Benson was “Can you explain this ?” . Hilarious ! Off course she can’t explain this since this is her first alien encounter . Dumb, stupid and making me roll my eyes. What follows is a demonstration of human arrogance . Klaatu is taken in for questioning … What a friendly planet we are ! Bates rules as a Female God and doesn’t want to hear about the alleged destruction of the earth and that Dr. Benson has a feeling she can persuade Klaatu to stop this. Now things start to speed up . Dr. Benson and Klaatu escape along with the stepson Jacob . An incredibly irritating and spoiled brat. It was only afterwards that I read it’s Will Smiths son. Oh right, the robot that came out of the ball to protect Klaatu is taken by the American army to a secret bunker, where they are trying to destroy it. However, that’s not a success as hoped. What remains is a swarm of insects. They start eating in a really destructive way. Everything on their way vanishes. The emotional moment at the grave of Jacob’s father ,as mentioned before, is the turning point .

    Is there anything positive to say about this movie ? Yes, of course . The moment Dr. Benson used a cell phone and got caught by a soldier was a emotional moment in this movie. John Cleese playing an intellectual scientist was excellent and well chosen . Jennifer Connelly has a beautiful appearance . And Reeves plays again with that face without an expression . Personally I don’t think he’s really much of an actor, but this part as a unworldly, emotionless alien, fits him like a glove. The special effects aren’t bad and the moving truck that got eaten by those insects is pretty slick to watch . I ‘m just wondering what material the bridge was made of under which they were hiding , since a few moments before that, a complete stadium was eaten.

    Had the extraterrestrial civilizations studied the inhabitants of the earth a bit longer, they might have come to the conclusion that they should just wait a bit longer. Wait till we destroy ourselves.

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