Film Review | The Day the Earth Stood Still

He came to save the Earth. Not us.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Director: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler

Genre: Sci-fi/Action

Release Date: December 2008

Plot: A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Keanu Reeves has an amazing ability to play otherworldly characters, especially ones with an underlying kindness/childlike nature. so when going into the film I knew Reeves was the person to play Klaatu, an alien who comes to Earth to deliver the ominous warning that the end is near for humanity.

Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

I must admit that I have never seen the 1951 origenal, but I understand that at the time of release it was a cautionary tale about the Cold War, this time however it has been changed to the threat of global warming and environmental damage.

Connelly more than holds her own here and is given her talents, it was great to see her given a different role than what I’m used to seeing her play, making me wish that the makers of Alita: Battle Angel had developed her part more.

Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The CGI effects don’t hold up as much as you would have hoped, especially when it came to the giant robot, which is somewhat surprising given that it only came out in 2008.

Another of the issues I found when watching the film was even though Reeves and Connelly did well in their roles, the rest of the cast were left woefully underdeveloped to the point where I found it hard to care when they died, while Jaden Smith once again proves that nepotism isn’t a good thing  and After Earth wasn’t a one-off.

In theory, this film had everything it needed to be great, including a strong story, a good cast and a good message, but unfortunately ended up leaving a lot to be desired, maybe it was rushed and that is why some of the characters feel underdeveloped and the CGI isn’t as good as it could have been, but if you enjoy sci-fi, will still have a good time.

3 Panda

If you liked: War of the Worlds, Brightburn, Edge of Tomorrow


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