The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

DVD - 2009
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Governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind a visitor's appearance. Dr. Helen Benson is a renowned scientist who finds herself face-to-face with an alien called Klaatu. Klaatu has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramificications of Klaatu's claim that he is a 'friend to the Earth.' Now, she and her yourng stepson must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy humans that mankind is worth saving, but it may be too late.

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JCLMandaW Jan 07, 2020

The premise of the movie was great and definitely relevant in our climate crisis times, but nothing was really resolved at the end. Did humans really change? No one but the mother and son were really told how dire the situation was so what's to say humans killed the Earth anyway?

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ZoltanKozak
Nov 11, 2019

1951's "The Day The Earth Stood Still" easily ranks right up there as being one of my all-time favorite "Alien Visitation" films in the entire history of Hollywood SyFy movie-making.

IMO - Regardless that this vintage gem is now seventy years old, it still holds up surprisingly well (even with its old-school visual effects).

For its time - I really think that this film's message is actually quite a startling one. In a nutshell, it tells us Earthlings that our unbridled destructiveness has become a serious threat to the overall peace and security of all of the other planets that exist in this endlessly vast universe.

Yes. That communication certainly provides us humans with some honest-to-goodness food for thought.

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richmole
Nov 03, 2019

It's been over 40 years since I saw this movie (on TV). I wondered: would it stand the test of time? Ans: remarkably well. It's not flawless. There's one fairly serious "continuity" inconsistency in the action. Won't spoil your fun; see if you can spot it. The last lines spoken by Patricia Neal's love-interest, Tom (Hugh Marlowe) definitely needed to be rewritten. However...

The moral of the story is timeless. The script is tight, understated, and sometimes intentionally humorous. Performances are good. Sam Jaffe and Patricia Neal were well-known "A" list actors and Michael Rennie--famous in the UK--had just signed a multi-year contract with 20th Century Fox. Billy Grey does well as Neal's boy. A few years later, millions of TV viewers would know him as "Bud", Robert Young's son on the long-running series, Father Knows Best. Director Robert Wise was about to graduate from decent "B" movies--like this one--and a decade later, would direct some classic films.

The effects are quite acceptable, especially given the movie's age. Think about it: aside from handful of juvenile movie serials (Buck Rogers; King of the Rocket Men) this 1951 movie represents pretty much the beginning of American Science Fiction films (One other stellar entry in '51: The Thing (From Another World)--more of a fright flick than sci-fi.) Two classics in one year!

It was not a big box-office hit, although it did make a small profit against its sizeable $1 million budget. Dozens of movies were bigger that year: Showboat, David and Bathsheba, The Great Caruso, The Lemon Drop Kid, Father's Little Dividend. Who remembers them today? Who WATCHES them today?

The Day The Earth Stood Still is still a favourite with millions, almost 70 years later.

The comments for the 1951 masterpiece seem to be commingled with those for the pointless remake. Don't be fooled, the old black and white one is the only one to see.

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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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Klaatu barada nikto.

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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

aaa5756 May 15, 2013

“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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