Thursday, March 26, 2009

Day the Earth Stood Still

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* Actors: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, John Cleese
* Directors: Scott Derrickson
* Writers: David Scarpa, Edmund H. North
* Producers: Erwin Stoff, Gregory Goodman, Marvin Towns Jr., Paul Harris Boardman
* Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
* Language: English
* Subtitles: English, Spanish
* Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
* Number of discs: 3
* Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
* Studio: 20th Century Fox
* DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
* Run Time: 104 minutes

Impressive special effects are the key selling point for this big-budget remake of Robert Wise's classic 1951 science fiction parable about an alien visitor who delivers a chilling ultimatum to the leaders of the world. Keanu Reeves, who seemed ideal at first blush but ultimately turns into another case of miscasting, steps in for Michael Rennie as intergalactic watchdog Klaatu, who with his robot Gort (now super-sized), promises global destruction unless the powers that be unless drastic measures are undertaken regarding the Earth's environmental issues (or so one assumes). Jennifer Connelly is largely wasted in the Patricia Neal role of scientist/single mom assigned to study Klaatu, who offers a somewhat chilly father figure to her son (a grating Jaden Smith). Connelly isn't the only fine actor in the cast left standing idle while director Scott Derrickson's effects team constructs eye-popping scenes of wholesale mayhem; Mad Men's Jon Hamm, Kathy Bates, John Cleese and Rob Knepper are all adrift in the aimless script by David Scarpa, which never even fully explains why Klaatu is so bent on blowing us to smithereens. That lack of focus, as well as the B-movie quality of the dialogue (say what you will about the effects in the Wise version, but the film was polished from top to bottom), all help to cement what science fiction fans have been muttering about the film since its inception; the original film needed no high-tech updating.

I have always been a fan of the Original movie and i watched the original before i watched this movie. I STILL LOVE THEM BOTH!!! You need to see the point of the movie, we as humans are destroying our earth/ouselves and before we fully destroy earth/ourselves the Alien came to warn to see if we could change. If we do not listen (as hard headed as humans are) then they will destroy us. But its not about the alien destroying us, its US...we are destroying our way of life. If things dont change we are going to be extinct! I have seen this movie 3 times and all three times i have had goosebumps! Keanu was perfect for this movie...he is one of my Favorite Actors! Before you judge, you need to see the meaning behind the storyline need to see beyond the computer imaging. I guess i am a movie critic, i always find things to say about it or find the meaning behind the movies. :) This is a great movie if you look beyond the computer images (which i thought it was excellent even GORT-He was a trip-lol) and hear and pay attention to the story, the meaning behind the story. I hope this helps those who have watched the movie and was not happy with it...I was Happy with it. I also felt like it was a little too fast and too short...they could have added some things to it and slowed it down a bit. :) But in was an excellent movie and i can wait to see it again...both the original (black and white) and this one!!! p.s. everyone has the right to their own opinions!
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