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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Scott Derrickson

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About the Movie

The Day the Earth Stood Still is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson Jacob (Jaden Smith) get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 191
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 151
  • Average Rating: 4.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: ... must be the worst major release in what may be the most disastrous year in recent Hollywood history. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A good portion of this sci-fi disaster movie is unintentionally comical. And the parts that aren't funny are just plain dull. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: This was supposed to be the winter season's big special effects picture. So why does it make Al Gore's PowerPoint presentation look like Spider-Man 2 by comparison? – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Where the original film was unpretentious, this version, with Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, is insufferably full of itself, an X-Files episode pumped up to pseudo-cosmic proportions. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not Worth Standing Still For

I really wanted to like this movie. I really, really did. And I did like it; I just didn't love it. Scott Derrickson's remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (the 1951 original is the greatest film every made in my opinion) had great potential. It promised to be a thought provoking film with a well written story. It promised to be faithful to the original while taking the story in drastic directions. It promised to be full of special effects and scenes of a 30 foot robot disintegrating tanks. It promised to be too much. While trying to appease us in all these aspects, Derrickson basically gives equal screen time to each aspect: thoughtful story, effects extravaganza, and faithful but new adaptation. In giving equal screen time to each aspect, each of them falls short. Just as you're getting into the story, Gort starts destroying stuff; Just as you're staring to enjoy Gort's rampage, the story picks up again. And through all of this are little hints to the original, and sadly, most of them just don't work. Yes, they do have "Klaatu barada nicto", but it's meaning is different in a throwaway sense and the sound is altered to make it sound otherworldly; if you weren't looking for it, you didn't hear it. It feels like they just added it for the sake of nostalgia. Gort has been changed to G.O.R.T. (Genetically Organized Robotic Technology) which just doesn't feel right for some reason. A scene at Professor Barhart's chalk board doesn't make sense although it desperatelly tries to bring us back to the original. The special effects are great; but like I said before, their underused. Gort (pardon me, G.O.R.T.) is magnificent even though he is 30 feet tall and entirrely CGI. But whenever they end the scene with him in it, I'm left feeling like, "Whoa! That was it? Where's the rest of the scene". I guess I didn't really want more special effects, just more G.O.R.T. (in his natural form). Although this is a very "green" movie, I actually felt the weight of the film wasn't on "Save the Planet" so much as it was about Klaatu and his eye opening experience from being with humans. It's about his transformation from automatonic alien to automatonic human. The story revolves around him, and Keanu Reeves, though usually annoyingly monotone, is properly monotone here. However, the story doesn't really dig deep enough for us to fully appreciate it. It comes off as more campy than iconic; distracting than engaging; overwhelming than entertaining. It was a good movie, but Scott Derrickson's THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL could have been a great film. CONTENT: Brief side male nudity (nothing graphic); minor brief sexual innuendo; non-graphic but sometimes disturbing sci-fi violence; minor swearing and profanity; alien intimidation and a threatening really big robot; a kid is really disrespectful to his mom throughout, but it's implied he changes at the end. WHO: Teens and older. [My review of the 1951 classic and awesome film THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL can be found in my list of reviews. Just click on my name below the title of this review.]

Dont spend your refund on this

This has to be the worst movie I have ever seen. I honestly feel bad for Keanu, the guy has come a long way since his Shakespearean days and he is still getting type cast. First we have Bill and Ted, then Point Break, in both movies we have good acting, but they are pretty much the same surfer type character. Now we have another Neo, I almost felt like I was watching the fourth Matrix. When you look at the cast we have some really good actors, all capable of great things, but they fall short. The 1951 movie is a great movie, it had a message, and the audience wasn’t slapped in the face with it. This movie however, was not subtle, I was so distracted by what the writers, director, producer, and actors were trying to say that I missed the plot. The CGI looked cheap and the story line seemed kind of choppy. I really felt that this movie was just thrown together. Save your money, wait for the networks to try and save the planet with it in 6 months.


I am a huge fan of the 1951, "The Day The Earth Stood Still". That movie had a firm and meaningful message, and was just wonderfully made. This movie has no message and misrepresents the original and its message. This movie is depressing and uninspiring. How dare they make this movie and not even give the original credit. If I could give this movie 0 Stars, I WOULD. -2 out of 4 Stars.

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2008

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