Ahhh the golden age of science fiction was truly an amazing period. Although in my personal opinion, the new wave science fiction was the shit, during the golden age so many great stories have been written and subsequently turned into movies that you simply can’t argue with results. Based on a short story Farewell to the Master written by Harry Bates, The Day the Earth Stood Still is actually a remake of the 1951 film of the same name. Directed by Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), this is a commercial science fiction blockbuster intended for general population and without much substance. Despite this, the movie is actually relatively fun and filled with great special effects. So, if you’re looking for that big sci-fi movie that’s easy to follow to kill your evening, look no more. Enjoy in cardboard cutout characters, plot holes and all the other fun stuff that goes with this genre. I feel that Scott should not have done this movie, especially when you consider the huge scope of the events unfolding. His previous movies were great and hopefully he will learn a lot from this cursed production.
People of Earth, the wait is over, they are here. As the entire population living on this blue planet is listening to news regarding a large spherical object spotted beyond Jupiter’s orbit, a group of scientists, led by Dr. Helen Benson and Dr. Michael Granier are already working on a worst case scenario. The objects finally lands in Central Park and it is soon surrounded by police and military forces. It is obvious that this is a spaceship and that humans are no longer alone in this universe, but the surprise when the door opens and alien exits was still the same…
What a strange cast this movie has. Lets start with Keanu Reeves who finally got the role of his life playing senseless and rational alien messenger. I guess his “I’ve got nothing in my hear look this time payed off, for the first time since Bill and Ted). I kid Keanu, relax. Next up is spoiled brat called Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s son who was just odd in almost every scene. Now we’re moving to the heavyweights: Kathy Bates, John Cleese, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly who all did their best with these characters but were simply unable to do something that’s not possible. There are so many funny things about the script, especially nowadays when you know how alien invasion movies should be done, so you also have that to talk about. I have a strong feeling that this movie will be returned to the Rants section pretty soon, I just have to find time, weed and nerves to watch it again. Enjoy.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, John Cleese
Fun Stuff: Keanu Reeves was producer Erwin Stoff’s first and only choice for the role of Klaatu. The bridge under which our heroes shelter during the finale is the same bridge sheltered under by the heroes of Cloverfield (2008) in that film’s finale.