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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

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A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

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Scott Derrickson

Writers:

David Scarpa (screenplay), Edmund H. North
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... Klaatu
Jennifer Connelly ... Helen Benson
Kathy Bates ... Regina Jackson
Jaden Smith ... Jacob Benson
John Cleese ... Professor Barnhardt
Jon Hamm ... Michael Granier
Kyle Chandler ... John Driscoll
Robert Knepper ... Colonel
James Hong ... Mr. Wu
John Rothman ... Dr. Myron
Sunita Prasad ... Rouhani
Juan Riedinger ... William Kwan
Sam Gilroy ... Tom
Tanya Champoux ... Isabel
Rukiya Bernard ... Student
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Storyline

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions. Written by garykmcd

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12.12.08 is the Day the Earth Stood Still See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D.T.E.S.S. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,480,153, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$79,366,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$233,093,859
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 102232 delivered on 4-12-2008. See more »

Goofs

When Klaatu, Helen, and Jacob leave Professor Barnhardt's house, Klaatu asks to be driven to a location where he can retrieve one of the smaller spheres. They travel to "Highlands, New Jersey", stop in a forest, and Klaatu raises the sphere out of a swamp. Highlands, New Jersey is a sandy, beach-front community in northeast Monmouth County, right on Raritan Bay. It has no forests, and no swamps. However, the Highland region of New Jersey is a mountainous region west of New York City, encompassing parts of Passaic, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon counties. The region is heavily forested and it is likely this is the location/region being described in the film. See more »

Quotes

Klaatu: There are some things I can't do.
Jacob Benson: But you have powers.
Klaatu: I'm sorry.
Jacob Benson: Please. Please!
Klaatu: Jacob, nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing. Everything is simply, transformed.
Jacob Benson: Just leave me alone.
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Grand, as a stand alone title.
10 December 2008 | by haunted_shoreSee all my reviews

I've seen the original twice or so in the past, and when seeing the announcement trailer for the remake i didn't hit the ceiling and cry to the pagan gods of old to destroy the MTV Generation. Some human beings dare i say like (rarely) to enjoy the apple of the cinematic garden.

Without doubt this film was as pretentious as the above statement, preaching about how we should change our world-killing ways. The legendary James Hong makes an appearance and he doesn't seem too fussed about all the world ending, humbling himself with a MacDonalds. Animation was brilliant, however a lot of the world-wide full CG scenes weren't called for - giving the film in places a strange glowing sensation. It's certainly too expensive for itself, with little cgi-bug things ripping up central park and generally looking expensive at the same time.

Keanu Reeves does his thing, this time cast appropriately, however characterised so jarringly bi-polar he can drag the film into a wishy-washy sentimental shite-horn parade whenever there's an on-screen hug. The protagonist cast tend to be fairly varied, enjoyable - taking predictable turns and so on. The bonding between Conelly and Mini-Smith certainly doesn't feel as solid and Cruise and old-whats-her-face in 'War of The Worlds.' There's a 'queer' moment where suddenly sympathy is due for the idiot-military and ruling body when they realise they've done wrong. Sympathy however is not given.

But, despite what grumbles i may have i set them aside for a film that is beautifully shot, epic, scored delightfully and edited perfectly.

Go and see it, just don't go in your 'Day The Earth Stood Still' 1957 t shirt and be the obnoxious one who spoils it for others.

cheers. Ginger Dave.


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