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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
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  • Last time I do unbox, This is A garbage service.
    I have had nothing but problems with this thing from the beginning. After not being able to uninstall it or upgrade it or watch my movies I gave up about a year ago. Today, after a long day of headaches and problems at work I thought I would do something easy...haha. I decided to rent this movie and watch it. I have since built a new computer so I had re download unbox, then rented it but hey, it doesn't show up. I can't see it in my library and have no way to actually watch the movie I paid 4 dollars in rent to watch. So, my headache is bigger and I am as fed up with the claims of unbox as it gets. I will never use UNBOX EVER AGAIN....more info
  • The day political correctness destroyed a classic
    This movie was a remake that shares little with the original, except that both movies came in the same box. The alien (Klaatu, played by Reeves) has come to Earth to destroy humanity for not taking care of the planet. (Can you say eco-terrorism?) He is made to change his mind by seeing the black child and his white step mother (Connelly) cry when faced with death. Talk about political correctness- aside from the whole interracial family, the father died in the Gulf war, and the government was absurdly war like.

    The only thing that kept me from being totally disgusted was the fact that this movie came with the original classic in the same box.

    Bleh....more info
  • A waste of time
    This remake came to theaters in December. Due to the plethora of bad reviews, there was no way I was going to pay a lot of money to see this in a theater.

    I rented and watched the DVD recently.

    I was prepared for a bad movie, but I hoped to be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately, it was worse than I thought it would be.

    It sucks big time. The pacing is slow, the characters are shallow, and the story is lame and sloppily written. I would go into more detail, but it pains me to even talk about it. There are several excellent reviews here that do just that.

    It's an hour and forty minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

    If you paid to see this in the theater, you have my sympathy....more info
  • Aliens came to earth...
    ...and brought us Keanu Reeves. We should have known right then there'd be trouble.

    Like all the other reviewers, I have to comment on the special effects of the movie. I thought they were pretty impressive, but strip them away and you aren't really left with anything.

    Keanu is his usual drab dry self. Nothing new there.

    The overall "save the world" theme becomes a bit preachy after awhile. There's even a cool scene where a trucker and his cab are consumed by the alien with huge smoke stacks in the background filling the air with pollution. I half expected to see Al Gore make a guest appearance.

    On top of this, we have a female protagonist with a stubborn black stepson (Jurassic Park II, anyone?) in tow, and she's supposed to convince Keanu to call it off. "We can change!"

    Lots of lose scenes tied together, probably due to poor editing. Lots of big special effects, as I already stated. And lots of let down. Skip this one and see the original instead....more info
  • Boring!!!!
    This movie (the remake - not the 1951 version) dragged so much I could barely stay awake. Finally stopped watching -- this DVD is a garage sale candidate....more info
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Keanu Reeves' acting is wooden, the story is not nearly as coherent as the 50's original. I felt no sympathy for the characters or any sense that Klatu was on a benevolent mission. If it weren't for the inclusion of that excellent original, I would have considered this DVD a waste of my money. I recently saw 'Knowing' and found that one much more worthwhile....more info
  • A Lesson Learned
    After looking forward to the remake of one of my favorite films, I was totally disappointed. However, I did learn a valuable lesson. Newer is not always better, sometimes a lot worse. This movie was wanting in every aspect. From special effects that weren't really needed, limited dialogue, poor casting, etc., etc. If you must see it, try the library and spend your cash on something else. On the positive side, a copy of the original movie is included....more info
  • it's different but still good
    I am a great fan of the original movie, it was made a couple of years before I was born, and it was the movie that hooked me on science fiction. I've watched it at least 50 times over the years. I went to the second one thinking it could never be as good. They could never top the original. But I was nicely surprised that they tried to make it different in a way so it wasn't really in competition. Yes, the basic theme was the same, - alien comes to earth with a message to mankind to improve or else. However, I thought it has a bit of a twist on the original, with a different meaning of "the day the earth stood still" which I thought was cool. It still had impressive special effects. I heard complaints that Keanu Reeves did not get very emotional. Actually I thought he did a pretty good job of acting like an alien, he wasn't supposed to act just like an earthling. Overall I still thought it was a pretty good movie, and people just have to get over the fact that the film was not exactly the same, it WAS trying to be different. Which I think saved it. I only have one complaint, I wish we saw more of Clatuu and Gort....more info
  • Great movie
    This is a surprisingly good movie. It has a good message and great special effects. A rare combination....more info
  • Keanu finally plays an alien, irony!
    The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly is not great but it's not horrible either. The reviews for this film were pretty harsh and of course everyone is comparing this one to the original so it's hard to give an accurate criticism. I am not a fan of Jaden Smith, that kid just ruined this movie for me. Connelly is the only actor worth watching, her performance is honest and intriguing. The special effects are cool but the writing is somewhat contrived. It's a mixed bag for me....more info
  • Don't waste your money
    A truly terrible movie. This movie had no plot, but merely showed a series of barely related events strung together. The protaganist decides to destroy humanity, but then he changes his mind after he has already set in motion the process of destruction. So he has to stop the process. But all that amounts to is that he has to get back to his spacecraft by driving through a checkpoint. Wow. Underwhelming.

    The casting was absurd -- Kathy Bates as the Secretary of Defense? Are you kidding me? So we get to look at her ugly and offensive personage in a role that she can obviously never fit. And the son of the woman was also miscast. So the viewer has to constantly contend with the miscastings while trying to suspend belief for the sake of trying to enjoy a story. This was a horribly disappointing movie for a fan of either science fiction or Keanu Reeves.
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  • Eligible for Worst Movie of all Time
    This is undoubtedly the worst remake of a movie in history. The original literally was a science fiction masterpiece but this one just did not have any redeeming features. whoever made this movie. Terrible, terrible...........more info
  • Late arrival
    Works well, but did not receive initial item. Waited 3 weeks, then called Amazon about the problem, to which they promptly issued me a new copy and sent it on its way....more info
  • My opion
    The seller was very prompt in mailing the blue ray that I purchased but I was dissapointed in the movie. I did not think it was all that great. it's not the sellers fault. I do appreciate his timely matter on mailing it to me....more info
  • It leaves you wanting....
    Well, it wasn't your tipical Reeves's movie. I think it was missing a lot more action for his type of movies. I think he's going soft. I know it was a remake of an older version, yet, since they changed the sorry, might as well, change it completely and add more action to it....more info
  • By The End of the Movie, I Was Wanting The Aliens To Destroy The Earth
    At times The Day the Earth Stood Still is an interesting sci-fi, and at other times it's like shaving yourself with a cheese grater. The story is an after-thought at best, the action is few and far between, and the by the end I did not find myself attached to any of the characters, except for the fact that I liked the actors themselves i.e. Jon Hamm. But wait, SPOILER WARNING -- Jon Hamm dies for no particular reason -- SPOILERS ENDED!

    However, by far the worst element of the film is the sheer annoyingness of Kathy Bates and Jaden Smith's characters. These characters darn near ruined the film with their sheer unbelievability, irrationality, and especially in the case of the kid, the endless whining! URRGHHH! Keanu Reeves is good, but he's playing an emotionless character... Take that comment how you like.

    What do I blame this poor quality on? The lack of experience of the director/writer, whose only credits are The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Last Castle. WTH? The studio heads entrusted such a huge movie to a director with little prior experience, and no real foreseeable talent? The result is a movie that's best reduced down to the trailer, because the movie is mostly a time waster. Why does it get two stars? Gort's the best part of the movie, and pretty darn cool... Even though he sets the end of the world in motion...

    Did I also mention that the reason humanity apparently deserves this fate in the eyes of the aliens is because we didn't take care of the environment, and the only reason we're spared is based on the promise that we'll change? Yeah, it's pretty bad....more info
  • green as Gore
    They had to put a reference to the destruction of earth by man in order to be Green as Gore. How stupid people are to accept this rubbish about man made global warming and pollution from the industral revolution.
    The useful idiots of Marxism at work again.
    "Yuri Besmenov, YouTube video."...more info
  • What a politically correct jumble of a movie!
    I watched the newest version first and then the 1951 version right afterward. The 1951 version was so much better!! What a waste of film this was.
    ugh....more info
  • What Happened to the Last Act?
    I'm sorry to see that this remake took such a rating hit. While I am an avid fan of the original, I thought that the special effects in this production were, of course, superior given our current technology. I also thought that Keanu Reeves was the perfect choice for Klaatu. He was excellent as the alien observer. Sometimes he can be so androgynous which added to his appearing to be of the earth, of us and yet not. Alien!

    I was disappointed with the ending. They could have done so much more with the remake. Given us more of a picture of the intergalactic council and the worlds beyond.

    Also, the argument for the continued existence of humanity fell short. Had I been Klaatu, I would not have been convinced.

    It is mainly for this reason that I felt they ended the movie too soon. Ended it at the 2/3 mark. I enjoyed it as far as it went, it carried me right along until it fell flat in the last 20 minutes and left me wanting. It felt as if the director suddenly got tired of the project and said enough, let's end it here.

    For this reason I could only give it three stars....more info
  • Day the Earth Stood Still 2009
    I was disappointed. Remakes rarely do a good job.
    The new War of the Worlds is another examples.
    These are two of my old favorites, both ruined.
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  • Could we re-name this Movie?
    This is NOT a remake of the classic "The day the earth stood still".
    After watching it, I'm not sure what it is, but it's really bad as a story.
    I'm sure Al Gore put his 2 cents worth in- "kill the people to save the planet. . . ." I wouldn't watch this a second time, ever, and if you haven't seen it, don't waste your time even if someone offers it free....more info
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    An outstanding DVD of the new Keanu Reeves movie with the added bonus of the old classic film. I recommend this to any sci-fi buff....more info
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The movie was OK. I liked the original version better as it had more of a political statement. This version's political statement was very indirect (that we are ruining the world) and the actions aren't very clear that we should take....more info
  • Can't Hold Still for This! Fair Interpretation of a Classic!
    OK, listen to it.

    This movie should not be compared to the original 1951 version since much of its purpose and message is different. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    I don't think the negative reviews this film have been receiving are totally fair but at the same time there is much, much room for improvement. But dammit, the US Army made up a name for the robot and it's an acronym: G.O.R.T.! I could'a cried!! But I digress:

    1928 India, we see a human in a snow storm, assume the Himalayas. Hey, it's Klaatu. Or at least a man. And this guy gets a piece of himself sucked into the sphere.

    We jump to 2008 (present day, that is) and here comes the panic. Jennifer Connelly, terribly miscast, as Dr. Helen Benson, one of several scientists who find out that a space body is coming to the earth at incredible speed.

    Rather than impact the earth and turn it into powder, the sphere lands in Central Park. And just like in the original, the military over-reacts and shoots the alien (Reeves).

    The military throughout this film is hell bent on destruction.

    The US government is hell bent on keeping everything a secret and creating a cover-up.

    Helen's boy, the little brat played by Will Smith's son, is very, very bad. It is not made clear until near the end of the movie where this kid's hatred and insolence comes from. He is like a microcosm for the planet's woes, really. Or rather Mankind's attitudes.

    Kill, kill. No, let's make a dialogue. No. let's kill anyway. Must destroy.

    The specialists in the beginning are not played well into the film at all. In fact, they disappear completely. They were the voice of reason, then they were shut down in favor of military might.

    Good things:

    The escape from the military facility was good. Klaatu pours on the power, takes a guy's suit and makes his move.

    The metal termite invasion: Clouds of these things disintegrate all they touch, even humans.

    The spheres; taking with them what life remains.

    Bad: Gosh, where do I start?

    I have read critics' view of the film having an environmental message. Not totally true. Per Klaatu, there are only a handful of planets that support life. Man is killing this planet. It does not belong to Man, Man is the caretaker and he's doing a very poor job.

    In the original, Man was on the brink of nuclear holocaust. Frankly, with more countries having the atom bomb today than in 1951, that may still be the case, but I digress.

    Also in the film, we see riots in the streets and destruction. Man seems to be doing a pretty good job of wiping himself out without alien interference.

    Jacob, the kid, is such a prick. Hard to feel any sympathy for the guy.

    Self-sacrifice and the motivation to survive in the midst of destruction, these were attempted to be played up and they did fairly well in putting this point across.

    But Jennifer Connelly, sorry. "We can change, we can change!" Klaatu: "We've hoped you could."

    Why does the Secretary of Defense have so much power? Why does she refuse to let Klaatu speak before the U.N.?

    Interesting points:

    Alien spy among us, talks to Klaatu in Chinese at a McDonalds restaurant (wow, the commercial money for that must'a been great). Alien spy has lived among us for 70 years and though he knows we are a violent destructive race, he loves us and would rather die with us than return to space.

    This theme of self-destruction and rising from it was a fair point.

    Just, darn it, not done well enough. The ending fell flat for me.

    I felt the Earth was quite still at that point!

    Better to see:

    The Day the Earth Stood Still & Other Sf Classics
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    Forbidden Planet (Two-Disc Special Edition)...more info
  • Bad
    To keep it short this movie was bad there like an hour of talking & 2 action scenes. Its really boring confusing just save your money & stay away from this one. I learn the hard way...more info
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
    The first movie was way better then this one.I have told friends not to buy
    it.I'll let watch my DVD.Save your dollars....more info
  • The day the Earth stood still
    Unfortunately for some lame reason I decided to purchase the new remake of The day the Earth stood still with Keana Reeves as the STAR? Hollywood could never possibly do a remake of a great Sci-fy classic if their life depended on it. Never I have I been as disgusted while trying to injest who was in this movie,where it was going,what sense this was making. I strongly urge or is that regurge,save your money and avoid this pitiful excuse of a movie? ...more info
  • Disappointing And Forgettable.
    It is a sequence of scenes, some have good CGI's, other do not. But it does not add up to a story, or a good movie. My consolation is that I only spend a single $1 rental fee.
    What a shame!

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  • Not the best, or the worst, but definitely dark
    After so much disagreement I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I was actually surprised by what this film IS and what it ISN'T.
    It is NOT a remake of the original film, it's not even trying to be. The original TDTESS was a Cold War paean to common sense and decency, at a time when people couldn't really understand what all the suspicions in the world were about.. WW2 was over, things were good.. weren't they? Except that 2 nations had nuclear weapons and it seemed at some point down the road a conflict might be in the offing. Klaatu brings to the world a warning that there is a price for bringing our violence out into the universe with us. It is a memorable film not only for it's message, but because it is a snapshot of a young culture with some dangerous notions searching for itself...
    This film is alot darker and unforgiving, the relationships are uncomfortable and strained, the scientists seem to have no better ideas of what to do than the military, panic and rioting are in full swing over the news of an invasion threat, ***SPOILER*** and the game is over because Klaatu has come to trigger the end of humanity, because we will destroy the Earth and larger concerns won't allow it.
    I was expecting a much more moralizing, political tone given the plot device, but found none... if anything, it was more romantically Old Testament in it's feeling of wrath coming down from "the heavens".
    In a nutshell, TDTESS'08 IS a snapshot of a more jaded commercial culture with alot more dangerous notions and alot more anxiety, that HAS found itself, but doesn't want to accept it...
    A word about product placements - If the character goes to McDonalds but doesn't eat anything, that's not a product placement, nor is a kid playing Warcraft, a person driving a Honda, a military PC screen with a Windows logo...
    It's a product placement when someone starts talking about how delicious McDonalds food is and eats something, when someone comments on the Honda's fuel efficiency, when the kid tells mom about about 15% off his Warcraft subscription, etc... anyway... just pointing out there was alot of negative commentary about product placements, and like the "green" message or Keanu Reeves "unemotional" performance, I found none of it offensive. And I love the original.
    It could be a worthwhile flick for fans of an older, more stately (and gothic) science fiction film, the people who like to go back and watch it one more time... it definitely looks and sounds terrific despite it's shortcomings, and the inclusion of the original film is a nice bonus. ...more info
  • Great concept that went downward
    I don't want to say this is a completely bad movie, because it is watchable. Jennifer Connolly and Kathy Bates are as great as they can be with what they're given. Keanu Reeves is...well Keanu Reeves, difficult to believe he's some kind of alien being that goes to Earth to assist in saving it by destroying man. Great concept as I don't think many find the human race worth saving these days. Man does a great job in assisting in the demise of Earth, that is apparent, and therefore the concept of this movie is an interesting one that the filmmakers did nothing with. Lousy plot and script that can't be taken seriously no matter how much special and visual effects are put into this, which is a hell of a lot. They should've focused on writing a killer script, and left the redundant overly used effects out of this, but too late....more info
  • The day the earth stood still
    It is a very good product. Movie quality is perfect. There are 3 discs in this luxury pack. (1) Current feature movie - with dts-HD (2) Digitalized version for Portable media players (3) 1951 original black and white movie in Bluray with dts-HD. Great experience. Recommended to all....more info
  • Hadn't Seen the Original, But This Version Was Good Too
    I know a lot of people loyal to the original would be more than happy to downplay this version. I haven't seen the original to make an accurate comparison, but I though this was a well filmed movie. I am impressed by the screenplay and the pacing. We already see Dr. Benson's life get interrupted by the urgency of something that is a threat to national security. The reactions to the whole situation are very realistic. Connelly and Reeves do an excellent job carrying the story.

    What really makes the film convey the drama is the reactions to the situations which builds the suspense of the movie.

    Of course, there is nothing like the original, but this movie holds its own for entertainment. ...more info