The Day the Earth Stood Still

Director Scott Derrickson does a remake of the 1951 movie entitled The Day the Earth Stood Still, staring Keanu Reeves playing the main role as a alien visitor from outer space coming to check on our progress as a species. The cast also includes some names like Jennifer Connelly as Dr. Helen Benson , Kathy Bates  as Secretary of Defense Regina Jackson and throw the crow young actor Jaden Smith as Jacob Benson  who is grieving the loss of his father and does a pretty good job with it for his age.

The movie starts out as a natural calamity heading towards earth, a meteorite that will hit the USA ground in less than 2 hours, so the military gathers all the brilliant minds in the country to get them to a safe spot and assess the damage outcome.

As the time passes the most weird thing happens the meteorite slows down before the impact and … against all odds it’s not what everyone expected it’s a alien pod , landing in Washington, DC. You can imagine that all the local, military and special forces were mobilized there and throw out the chaos when the “visitor” exited the orb a shot was fired and hurting the being.

In that second his companion a Automaton activated and started to annihilate the threat, but the visitor saved them by deactivating it.  After this the movie shows its real side, no subliminal messages this time it’s on the front, the visitor is a alien race much more advance then us that safe guards planets, the story being that there are only a hand few planets in the universe capable of sustaining such a variety of life and we are killing our planet, a fact that cannot be tolerated. Another interesting approach is that the visitor meets with another of his brethren here on earth that was placed here 70 years ago to observe the progress of our race to see if we could change.

The outcome of the analysis is that we will never be able to change and that we are destructive by our nature and not capable of seeing beyond our needs, but there is also a side of us that he grew fond of us and saw that he also have our good side.

Even so the decision was made to annihilate the plague from the earth, now the movie gets a religious part and like Noah Ark , a multitude of orbs appear on the face of the earth and starts gathering as many specimens as possible in order to save them. You can imagine that after this the flood will come, the flood being a swarm of tiny nano robots eating everything in their path in order to cleanse our earth. From this second Dr. Helen start’s a struggle to make the visitor realize that we can change after all, he tries not to reason with him but to show him compassion and other human emotions that in the end will lead the visitor to change his mind.

The movie is well directed, even though it doesn’t follow to the book the original 1951 one, but as all remakes the director will always leave a bit of his mark upon the new. All in all it is a good movie to watch and enjoy and ultimately learn a lesson of what might be and change a bit our way we treat the planet.

Rated: PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence
Runtime: 1 hr 43 mins
Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Theatrical Release:Dec 12, 2008 Wide
Box Office: $78,609,083

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Jaden Smith, John Cleese, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler, Kathy Bates
Director: Scott Derrickson
Screenwriter: David Scarpa
Producer: Erwin Stoff, Paul Boardman, Gregory Goodman
Composer: Tyler Bates
Studio: 20th Century Fox

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