Friday, May 29, 2009

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

I remember as a kid watching Chiller Theater in the basement of my grandparents house. It came on at 11:30 pm on Saturday nights. It was a very memorable time in my life because it developed a love of horror movies that I have not lost. There were also many sci-fi original movies played on the show as well. I was probably around 12 years old the first time I saw the original '51 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still. Comparing movies from that era to now is rather foolish in my mind because the technology back then was so young. I have often re watched movies from the past and while they were good movies I would think how much better they could be today. Some people get so wrapped up in the originals that they hate the remakes... like it is some kind of blasphemy to remake them. I don't hold that same thought. I judge each and every movie on its own merits. Basically, did it entertain me. This remake was very good in my opinion. I'm not a fan of Keanu Reeves, nor am I a hater of him. I think he is an average actor at best. However, I thought he was perfect for this role... why? Because he is normally stiff and lacks personality. There is a great supporting cast in this movie that do well with their roles. I like Kathy Bates, but her role did not do anything for me. Shes a great actress, but her role in general didn't do it for me. Also, the little kid was quite obnoxious. Other than those mild grips, the movie was a worthy remake. I recommend watching both. Check out the trailer below and give this one a shot!

PG-13 For some sci-fi disaster images and violence

104 minutes
Scott Derrickson

Keanu Reeves
Jennifer Connelly
Kathy Bates
John Cleese
Aaron Douglas
Jon Hamm
Kyle Chandler
Robert Knepper
James Hong
Sunita Prasad

In this updated version of the 1951 classic sci-fi thriller, Keanu Reeves stars as an alien named Klaatu who's sent to Earth to warn the leaders of the world about the consequences of their dangerous ways. Joined by a heavily armed robot companion, Klaatu informs the people of Earth that the constant aggression carried out against one another has raised the ire of an alien species, which is now threatening to exterminate all of mankind.

Picture from the '51 original...

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