Posted by: ara0062 | December 15, 2008

“The Day the Earth Stood Still”

(photo courtesy of IMDB.com)

Synopsis: (courtesy of IMDB.com  and wikipedia.com)

A 2008 remake of a 1951 film of the same name. The story begins as an unidentified foreign body is speeding through space, headed for a direct impact with Earth. Sciencitific experts are quickly assembled by the government to determine a plan of action against the impending impact, but everything they try fails. As the impact is emminent, all the gathered experts await the Earth’s destruction… that never actually happens. Instead, a huge, glowing, swirling orb lands in the middle of Central Park, and is immediately surrounded by US military forces. The scientific experts, including Dr. Benson, also surround the orb in preparation of an encounter of the “third kind.”

A representative from a collection of other heavenly bodies, Klaatu, steps from the orb is accidently shot by one of the many government armed force groups that is gathered. Dr. Benson catches the alien as he falls, and Klaatu is immediately rushed to emergency surgery, in which Klaatu is born into human form. From there on, Klaatu insists on speaking with the leaders of Earth, in which his request is denied. Dr. Benson then proceeds to help Klaatu since she does not agree with the military’s approach to his requests, which will determine if the inhabitants of are earth will survive or be exteriminated….

Genre: Sci-fi, Thriller, and Drama

Cast of Characters: Keanu Reeves as the alien Klaatu, Jennifer Connelly as Helen Benson, Kathy Bates as Regina Jackson, Jaden Smith as Jacob Benson, John Cleese as Professor Barnhardt, Jon Hamm as Michael Granier, and Kyle Chandler as John Driscoll.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for destructive violence and sci-fi disaster images

Stars: 4 & 1/2

All I can say.. wow! I really, REALLY liked this movie! It was the best I have seen in such a long time. Not only were the graphics totally awesome, but the acting was fantastic! I know Keanu can sometimes present himself with a dry, emotionless, yet quiet voice in his acting, but during this movie.. it gave his character more credence to being an alien in human form without the emotions that humans possess.

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Responses

  1. I really need to go watch this movie, I’ve been waiting for a good sci-fi flick for a while. The plot looks very old school, which is the kind I like.

  2. I wanted to see this movie but I had heard mixed reviews about the way it ended. Ara, what was your take (without spoling it)?

  3. 6mile hey buddy! how have ya been? you have become a stranger lately. all ok?

  4. I really liked the way it ended to be honest. Some might take it as hokey, but I believe the actors were staying true to the characters they played.

  5. ok good to know. Thanks. how is everything going?

  6. Things are honestly not going so hot, but I am not going to drag others down with me on that path right now..


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