REVIEW: ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’

Cast:
Keanu Reeves
Jennifer Connelly
Kathy Bates
Jaden Smith
Rating: PG-13

All this made me want to do was watch the original.

“The Day the Earth Stood Still,” a remake of the 1951 picture of the same name, tells the story of an alien named Klatu (Reeves) who comes down to our planet and is immediately met with a cautious military.

After escaping from the government, though, Klatu meets a woman named Helen and informs her that he has plans to save Earth’s species, except humanity.

This remake of a classic is both boring and tries to make a point without much sense. The film just meanders with the main characters avoiding the military while having philosophical discussions that make little sense in relation to the aliens’ plans.

These discussions worked in the original picture because the message made sense in relation to the aliens’ plans. They wanted to warn humanity because they feared what the people of Earth would do with a new arsenal of nuclear weapons. This time around, the aliens want to commit genocide because the humans are ruining the planet.

Along with the problems with this execution, another issue is Reeves playing his character with zero charm, charisma or even a hint of personality. He’s a blank slate, a drone.

Meanwhile, Connelly is completely forgettable and her character’s son, played poorly by Jaden Smith, is unbearably annoying.

This is an awful remake. It has no logic behind its message, the acting is forgettable and the special effects don’t make it anything special. 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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