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      The Day the Earth Stood Still

      PG-13 Released Dec 12, 2008 1 hr. 44 min. Sci-Fi TRAILER for The Day the Earth Stood Still: Trailer 1 List
      21% 195 Reviews Tomatometer 27% 250,000+ Ratings Audience Score Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), an extraterrestrial visitor to planet Earth, becomes the herald of upheaval on a global scale. As the world's governments and scientists race to understand what is happening and how to stop it, Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and her stepson come to understand the chilling ramifications behind Klaatu's statement that he is a "friend to the Earth." Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 07 Buy Now

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      Heavy on special effects, but without a coherent story at its base, The Day the Earth Stood Still is subpar re-imagining of the 1951 science-fiction classic.

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      Calvin T No idea why there's low ratings......all around great movie Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/15/24 Full Review C'est W Better than the dork critics gave it credit for, but a disappointing ending. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review High On S If it wasn't for Jaden Smith being in this film, it might have been a decent movie. His cringy performance makes it almost unwatchable. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/10/24 Full Review Dan R The 00's saw a number of remakes of classic films, with 2008 giving us 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'. SYNOPSIS: 'A remake of the 1951 classic science fiction film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.' This is a film which is heavy on CGI effects but really lacking in anything else beyond the first 30 minutes. It totally falls off the edge beyond that point. You're never really going to improve on a classic however much technology has moved on in 50 years. The movie has the air of missed opportunity, especially when you consider the quality of the cast involved. As reimaginings go it's not terrible but it wouldn't surprise me in the near future if there's another remake. I really wanted more! 5/10 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review B D The 1951 movie was one of my all time favorites; it became a SyFy icon still today. So, I was excited to see a remake with updated effects. Sadly, the 2008 movie was terrible. Of course they had to make it about climate change; such BS. The effects were good, and GORT was awesome; however, the storyline was in the toilet. They put Jaden Smith in to play a little obnoxious brat step-son of a widowed mom Mrs. Benson. Here's a tip; don't cast anyone from Will Smith's screwed-up family. The scene with professor Barnhart came off like a synchronized whiteboard ballet; soooo stupid. Finally, they turned GORT into a mass of tiny robotic bugs that took to individual flight, and proceeded to destroy the earth; what idiot came up with that dumb idea??? Keanu and Kathy Bates characters were generally lifeless. Hollywood; please stop ruining great classic movies with failing remakes. The director Scott Derrickson said he didn't get work for years after this flop in his career; I think he got off light. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review Shelley H Keanu, Jennifer and Jon… just watching them work- what's not to like? A syfy movie with a heart that we watch as a family while talking about actions and consequences. Was worth our time and we've seen it more than once. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Christine Champ Film.com Rated: C- May 6, 2011 Full Review Peter Travers Rolling Stone Rated: 1/4 Feb 3, 2011 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The computer animation and picture quality is significantly cleaner and more impressive than the low-budget, man-in-a-foam-suit costuming of the 1951 classic. Rated: 3/10 Nov 28, 2020 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com If you look past the fairly cool special effects you're going to see a film at war with itself. Rated: 1.5/4.0 Sep 5, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas The Dispatch (Lexington, NC) Doesn't have a single practical reason for its existence. Rated: 2/4 Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), an extraterrestrial visitor to planet Earth, becomes the herald of upheaval on a global scale. As the world's governments and scientists race to understand what is happening and how to stop it, Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) and her stepson come to understand the chilling ramifications behind Klaatu's statement that he is a "friend to the Earth."
      Director
      Scott Derrickson
      Screenwriter
      David Scarpa
      Production Co
      3 Arts Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13 (Violence|Some Sci-Fi Disaster Images)
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 12, 2008, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $79.4M
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