Reviews and Problems with The Day The Earth Stood Still
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The Day the Earth Stood Still
28 January 2012
Excerpt: An object is shooting through space and is headed right for Earth, so the government brings in a panel of experts, led by Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly). The current course will have the object hitting Manhattan, which means countless lives could be lost in the impact.
Excerpt: After the end of World War II, the world began to turn its attention back to normal life, until a spacecraft lands. This ship touches down in a playground in Washington, D.C., but no one emerges and as such, tension begins to mount.
Conclusion: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' is just not very good. It's certainly more modern, and with better special effects, than the classic 1951 original, but it lacks a compelling narrative and memorable characters. It's all mechanics and no charm.
Excerpt: In the film, a renowned scientist finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth.
Excerpt: The original film captured the spirit of the Cold War and McCarthyism in the 1950s, while this modern take focuses on the United States' supposed military ineptitude and how we humans pollute the earth at the expense of other species.
Excerpt: Princeton Professor Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) is confused and alarmed one night when an army of government officials turn up on her doorstep and insist she accompany them to a top secret location.
Excerpt: "The Day The Earth Stood Still" depicts the arrival of an alien dignitary, Klaatu, who has come to earth with his deadly robot, Gort , to deliver the message that earthlings must stop warring among themselves - or else. After being shot at by military guards, Klaatu is brought to a Washington, D.C.
Excerpt: The Day the Earth Stood Still is an alien invasion movie that makes you want to see the aliens win. That doesn't just go for the humans on display here, who range from bland to evil and bland, but for the ones behind the scenes, who have made a disaster movie with no action, and a "thinkpiece"...