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The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

Director:
Scott Derrickson
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Science Fiction
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Day the Earth Stood Still
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
Paul Harris Boardman
Gregory Goodman
Erwin Stoff
Screenwriter (based on the 1951 screenplay by Edmund H. North):
David Scarpa


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Klaatu Keanu Reeves
Helen Benson Jennifer Connelly
Regina Jackson Kathy Bates
Jacob Benson Jaden Smith
Professor Barnhardt John Cleese
Michael Granier Jon Hamm
John Driscoll Kyle Chandler

 

Review

The Day the Earth Stood Still used to be a day when an alien lifeform came to earth along with his mysterious robot and told the human race to keep peace and be kind to each other, or else he had to destroy them (Robert Wise, 1951). In 2008, it was a day when a reminiscent alien (this time looking like Keanu Reeves) came along with the same robot to tell us that he had to kill us to prevent us from destroying the planet through pollution. The message is clear, powerful and relevant; the movie is neither of the three. Even though Keanu Reeves often is at his most convincing playing non-humans, and does well enough in that respect here, he doesn't quite look like the godlike being he could pull off ten years ago. And more importantly, director Scott Derrickson never comes close to really blowing life into this story. It remains a superficially eye-catching, but rather preditable and unengaging film - despite its subject material. For some reason, there is no real nerve to the predicaments presented - we don't feel cornered, we don't feel threatened, and everything disappears as unnoticably as it comes. The film has some nice moments, most of which involve the great talent of Jaden Smith, but when it comes to thematic and dramatic value, the kid's father made a far better film in the same genre last year.

Copyright 27.12.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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