The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

DVD - 2002
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"A spaceship lands in Washington, D.C., capturing the attention of the world. But the alien emissary (Michael Rennie) it brings refuses to reveal his mission to any single government, leaving the military, the politicians, and millions of ordinary people to wait in fear. Soon their distrust turns to calls for violence. But one young woman and her son (Patricia Neal, Billy Gray) befriend him ... and soon realize that they may be all that stands between the human race and total destruction"--Container.

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russwest
Mar 26, 2019

This was a horrible remake of the 1951 classic. They tried to compensate for terrible acting and half baked plot by using lots of CGI. This is something you see in most contemporary Hollywood Sci Fi.

I'm not saying that ALL films were better in the 1950's (though many were). But they didn't have advanced special effects to fall back on, and relied instead on well written plot, good directing, cinematic effects, and a kind of atmospheric mood.

Don't waste your time with this crap. See the original.

bibliosopher Feb 20, 2019

This is a re-release of the 1951 classic, not a remake. The alien Klaatu and robot Gort land their spacecraft in Washington at the end of WWII. Communication to all nations is requested; but earth leaders question first contact and fear the unknown. A great sci-fi classic not to be missed.

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Ephriam
Jan 29, 2019

Enjoyed the original movie. I believe the Black and White motion picture adds a nostalgic mood to it. The remake with Reeves is stinks. I hate when they do a remake of an old classic movie and destroy it. The biggest difference to me was in the original movie the alien had a much bigger heart and feelings where the remake had Reeves almost like a robot who was actually threatening. Watch the old black and white movie and enjoy.

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Richard44
Nov 16, 2018

A pathetic remake of the 1950s classic. Relying upon special effects rather than plot and character development, the film is a complete mishmash. The suspense and the message of hope in the original is entirely missing and the CGI robot is nowhere near as threatening as the Gort of the original.

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akirakato
Jul 04, 2018

Directed by Scott Derrickson in 2008 loosely based on the 1951 film of the same name, this American SF thriller depicts the imminent end of the earth and the struggle of the mankind to survive.
This version replaces the Cold War theme of nuclear warfare with the contemporary issue of humankind's environmental damage to the planet.
Although you definitely need a willing suspension of disbelief, the story appears interesting enought for you to view the whole movie to the end.
The special effects seem unrealistic but don't damage the storyline.
I enjoyed the flick to the hilt.

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callig
Jun 22, 2018

Gobble gobble! This remake of a wonderful original, is a turkey, richly emblematic of the hard vacuum of creativity in modern Hollywood.
Keannu Reeves as the alien is as laughable as Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Michael Rennie must be cringing in his grave, or rather smiling in relief as he realizes his primacy in the role is utterly unthreatened.
The rest of the movie is as inept. A bigger shinier Gort robot? That's just embarrassing. (No i don't know what would've worked, but even i know this doesn't.)
And the John Cleese noble scientist defending humanity- "Cut us a break- we'll rise to the occasion, save ourselves and the planet any day now, honest!"? Tis' to laugh.
Imagine aliens landing in Germany at the height of Nazi power and hearing "good" Nazis protesting their essentially humanist life-loving values, promising changed behavior... Snort!

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Truthxtruth
Sep 11, 2017

A timeless message for us all, a must see!

plotline Jun 05, 2017

Peerless

"There must be security for all or no one is secure."- Klaatu, to the world's leaders at the conclusion of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Here is the ne plus ultra for sci-fi movies. It does not pander to the child in us like E.T. It does not befuddle with dazzling images like 2001. Though it does present a threat from outer space, it does not take the form of a drooling, acid-for-blood whatsis with razor fangs and a taste for human flesh. Instead, it proposes that there are indeed humanoid lifeforms in existence off the Earth with, dare I write it, powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men (though Klaatu can't fly and is in no way bulletproof).

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is intelligent, engrossing and damn scary. Director Robert Wise (yup, he directed WEST SIDE STORY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and, unfortunately, the first STAR TREK movie), with the invaluable aid of Edmund H. North's fine script, utilizes a spare, noirish style to deliver a powerful statement about man's capacity for self-destruction. Only 92 minutes long, the film says volumes without sermonizing about a serious topic. And it does so most entertainingly. It makes the fantastic seem not only plausible but very likely.

Bernard Herrmann creates a persistent mood of uneasiness with the vibrating eeriness of his Therimin-driven music. Michael Rennie's urbane spaceman radiates a barely contained bemusement and contempt for the violence prone humans he faces. In this early role, Patricia Neal displays how gifted she was at conveying subtle emotional shifts. Through the eyes of Billy Gray we see wonder, puzzlement and terror as only a child can experience them but without condescension.

Lastly, in all the annals of sci-fi moviedom few can match the unstoppable power of Gort. Klaatu barada nikto..... (And please don't waste your time with the utter failure that is the 2008 Keanu Reeves remake; just revel in the enduring excellence of the original).

3/25/16

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flyfisher88
May 20, 2017

I saw the original when I was a boy and even then I knew it was a classic. The remake was about as awful as it gets. Michael Rennie was a great actor and played the spaceman part to a tee. Do not get the original version mixed up with "the Reeves" version. The latest version stinks

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dAP_016
May 01, 2017

This film was ok.
We watched it in order to make a comparison to the 1951 version; you should check that out if you haven't already.
We liked the original version much more.

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wesley4444
Feb 11, 2014

Ahhh.......im scared

aaa5756 May 15, 2013

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Sunnchilde Nov 29, 2011

"Are you aware of an imminent attack on the planet Earth?" "You should let me go."

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