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Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008) Movie Information

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11440

Avg. Rating:

2.11/4

# of Ratings:

139

Genres:

Sci-Fi, Drama

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/12/2008

DVD Release:

04/07/2009

Director:

Scott Derrickson

Actors:

Jennifer Connelly
Keanu Reeves
John Cleese
Jon Hamm
Jaden Smith
Kathy Bates

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A group of extra-terrestrials arrives on earth to stop mankind from their destructive behavior, even if it means wiping out the human race.

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Matthew Brady 02/07/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1/4 

The story is about group of extra-terrestrials arrives on earth to stop mankind from their destructive behavior, even if it means wiping out the human race. I remembered seeing this movie when it first came out and I still remember my thoughts on the film and that was being bored, yes this movie was a let down for me and the other people.

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Owens Film Reviews 09/30/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

This was a major dissapointment as the original was amazing and i could not bring myself to like this film. it was in my opnion the only film that Keanu Reeves was not any good in. The only thing this film had going for itself was that the Effects were very very good..But that is it to be honest with everyone, i dont really know what else to write about this film really...a major major dissapointment

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mitchellyoung 04/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

There are some beautiful special effects, but the core of this film is watered down and the result is, ultimately, boring. The plot kind of plods along without much direction and a sleepy Keanu Reeves as the lead doesn't help matters.

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  SIngli6
SIngli6
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11/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Klaatu Barada Keanu

Forgetting the bland performances, the humdrum special effects, and the prosaic direction, this film still manages to be almost shockingly bad just on the level of how it tackles some of the admittedly interesting ethical conundrums it sets out to explore, mainly because it mistakes its solutions to these problems as foreshadowing an advancement in human evolution when really they would just mark the beginning of an arduously prolonged and humiliating end for the species. And even though I love the original, I don't regard this film with pronounced vitriol just because it isn't an exact replica of that classic. Im perfectly willing to admit that that film had its problems, and I'm even willing to admit that I found Keanu Reeves Klaatu a lot more interesting than Michael Rennie's take on...

Rating of
1/4 

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  Yojimbo
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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Day The Earth Stood Still" by Yojimbo

An alien visitation is treated with suspicion and aggression by the American government, leading to the decision that the Earth must be saved from destruction by the human race. A remake of the 50s classic by the same name, TDTESS is an invasion with eco message story about being responsible with the planet...or else. Keanu Reeves is adequate as the otherworldly visitor, but I couldn't help thinking that he based his entire performance on Arnie's in Terminator 2. The rest of the film is split between a bunch of explosions as the usual collection of stereotypical US jarheads try to blow the aliens up (seemingly for no reason other than to supply some fireworks for the trailer so morons will part with their 10 bucks to see it), and Jaden Smith essentially going "Arewethereyetarewethereyetar...

Rating of
2/4 

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  Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
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12/27/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Well, Keanu Reeves' Robotic Acting Worked...

I havent seen the 1951 version by the time I wrote this review so Im not going to compare the 2008 version to that one. That said, its interesting to me how Keanu Reeves can be so good at playing robotic characters (like Neo in The Matrix franchise) but so bad at playing real people that are supposed to be emotionally crippled or conflicted (as Alex Wyler in The Lake House and Detective Tom Ludlow in Street Kings). I thought he was effective here as Klaatu, a humanoid whose role is to determine whether the human species need to be obliterated in order to save the Earth. He was creepy, convincingly powerful, and had a definite sense of purpose. He claims that if the Earth dies, everything else will perish along with it but if all humans die, the Earth and everything that it nurtur...

Rating of
2/4 

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  Alex
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It is very interesting to me to see this movie being remade.  It doesn't look a whole lot like the original (much darker).  With Reeves as the lead it could be decent (not because he is a good actor but he could be good for the role).  I typically hate remakes, but this might surprise.
09/13/2008
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