The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

“National security? Well that just means whatever you want it to mean.” – Helen Benson

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Mar 2009 and 3 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of scientists are brought to a secret government facility to try and decipher a message from an alien race.

My Take on it – Thought provoking remake that unfortunately isn’t as grand or as powerful as one might hope.

The story is modernized quite well and they adapt things to seem quite realistic in the modern world.

The problem with this story is that it asks to many questions that it leaves unanswered which can be far too frustrating.

Keanu Reeves does a nice job in the lead, but due to his character’s persona, any real chemistry with Jennifer Connolly just doesn’t resonate.

The film is meant as a warning, but just like the characters in the film, no one seems to really notice.

The effects are done well and that helps make it feel even more realistic in all that they do here.

The film’s first half seems to be going in the right direction, but mid way thru, the story just falls apart at the seams.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Renowned astronomer Seth Shostak was hired as a consultant on the film. He reviewed the script several times for errors, and gave suggestions for making the scientists less dry: “Real scientists don’t describe an object entering the solar system as ‘notable for the fact that it was not moving in an asteroidal ellipse, but moving at nearly 3*10 to the 7 meters per second’. More likely, they would say that there was ‘a god-damned rock headed our way!'” He also noted the scientists should refer to one another by a first name basis.  (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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