The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)


Keanu Reeves tops this adaptation of the seminal 1951 sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still with this 20th Century Fox production. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) helms the story of an alien traveler, Klaatu (Reeves), who heads to Earth along with his bodyguard robot, Gort, to deliver a warning of planetary destruction if the people of the world fail to stop laying waste to the environment. Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Kathy Bates co-star in the David Scarpa-penned film

I wanted to see this in the theatre and Mojo did a movie premiere for it in IMAX, sadly I wasn’t able. I was very excited to see it, although that never really works out for me, usually if I want to see a film then it’s going to blow, unless it’s a guaranteed hit.

The acting was fairly decent and really compared to the original (which I do understand that it is a classic) this movie was far better with the visual effects side of things. But you can’t save a movie with visual effects, true it’s eye candy, however you have to keep my attention if you want my opinion.

It was a fairly decent movie, I wasn’t impressed, Reeves is just not that great of an actor, I either see him mellow (The Matrix) all of the time or saying “whoa” (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure), he’s been type casted and will forever be stuck in this genre.

Overall, rent it if you’re bored…so about a 2.5/4*. Heed my warning, only rent it if there is nothing better out!