The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still, 2008 film starring  Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and Jaden Smith.  Re-make of the classic 1951 thriller and a great re-make at that!

A giant sphere lands in New York’s central park.  The military surrounds it then a creature comes out.  First thing the military thinks of is to shoot it.  Not dead, the alien is taken in and soon develops into a human.  With the help of Dr Helen Benson (Connelly) the alien Klaatu (Reeves) sets in motion the destruction of man kind.  The good Dr though shows Klaatu that humans can change and he risked it all to stop the impending Armageddon.

Re-makes are often no where near the original but this one actually surpasses it.  I thoroughly enjoyed this film, Reeves is a fantastic actor and he did not disappoint.  CGI was incredibly good and blended in nicely.  I thought Jaden’s character was a little shit for a good portion but then you could see him turn around so good job on the acting Jaden.  The rest of the cast was great as well.  John Cleese and Kyle Chandler also performed very well.

Great film.  Lots of good action and the story was easy to follow.  Most of us have seen the original so we kind of knew where it was all going but I did like the liberties the writers took to make it their own.  This is definitely a watch again film, I have now seen it at least four times.  Great Job!