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|An event SFX spectacle starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in a high-stakes mission to save mankind from total annihilation.|
"An entertaining rethink of the 1951 classic. Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...an ideal example of what a contemporary remake should look like... David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A remake that does not disgrace the original...as well as succeeding (arguably better) as a thriller. Helen O'Hara, Empire
"...full of respectful references to its model, updated with a gallery of fairly imaginative special effects. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteA remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic of the same name, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL follows astrobiologist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) as she is unceremoniously plucked from her everyday life with her stepson (Jaden Smith), and whisked away to consult the government on a top-secret matter. That matter happens to be the arrival of a massive glowing sphere in Central Park, accompanied by a towering robot-like protector dubbed Gort and an alien ambassador named Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who takes up human form to communicate with the people of Earth. When Klaatu finds himself faced with hawkish, uncompromising officials, he goes on the run with Benson and her son as the fate of the world gradually becomes clear.Directed by Scott Derrickson (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE), this reimagining of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is fairly reverent to the original film, while adding a number of 21st-century elements, most notably a darker tone embodied by a more threatening Gort and the chilly, contemplative Klaatu, who is portrayed with pitch-perfect remove by Reeves. While the film--and the fate of humanity--rests on Reeves's shoulders, the cast is impressively filled out by Connelly and Smith, along with Kathy Bates, John Cleese, and familiar TV actors Jon Hamm (MAD MEN) and Kyle Chandler (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS). Derrickson also tempers excellent special effects with a bleak color palette and plenty of existential turmoil, making this EARTH a thoughtful and fascinatingly moody blockbuster.
The Day The Earth Stood Still - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: David R Perry Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 4/12/2009 12:51 PM
|I don't envy anyone who must attempt a remake of a classic film. And especially with sci-fi, because it's too easy to run afoul of obsessive types who have probably memorized whole passages of the film, analyzed it shot-by-shot to look for production gaffes, and have probably fashioned their own robots and space suits in its honor. (And if there is not already a Gort flashlight tie-in, rest assured that industrious fans are probably already on that too.) So you're basically setting yourself up for failure by even trying. If its too much like the original then it "didn't bring anything new to the story", and if you did bring something new to the story then you "butchered a classic."...read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|David Scarpa - Screenwriter|
|David Tattersall - Director of Photography|
|Erwin Stoff - Producer|
|David Brisbin - Production Designer|
|Gregory Goodman - Producer|
|Wayne Wahrman - Editor|
|Tyler Bates - Composer|
|Paul Harris Boardman - Producer|
|Jeffrey A. Okun - Visual Effects Supervisor|
|Scott Derrickson - Director|
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