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The Day the Earth Stood Still (Three-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]

Keanu Reeves , Jennifer Connelly , Scott Derrickson    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars A day I wished would never come Jan. 19 2010
Easily, one of the worst science fiction films of the last 10 years. Keanu is wooden, and is certainly no Michael Rennie. This is a movie that should never have made. Blu-ray admitedly looks great, but that's all this is -- pleasant images on a big TV to distract you from the disaster that is this remake. The heart of the story has been gutted, the great character that was Klaatu has been replaced by Ted Theodore Logan aka Neo.

Hollywood, please leave the classics alone. You can't make 'em better with computers and Keanu Reeves.

Avoid, unless easily amused.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good apocalyptic movie. Aug. 21 2010
The Day the Earth Stood Still, featuring Keanu Reeves as Klaatu, an alien from another world in many aspects reminded me of The Matrix - especially with a number of cinematic shots. It begins in 1928, when a mountain climber comes across a globe in the midst of a snow storm and touches it. Then jump to the present and a large pod lands in Manhattan (of all the places of the globe!)

The movie was good, nice, pieces of animation, and like most U.S. movies, only the U.S. can save the world! But in fact that job was left to Klaatu whose final job is to see if humans can live as they are destroying their planet.

Klaata is captured by the authorities and all these scientist need to figure out what to do before the alien is interrogated and then dissected (the poor ambassador of peace). Klaata mind is made up, humans must be destroyed as they are destroying themselves and the planet, but a scientist, helps him in his conquest. Aliens pods, begin to remove animal and reptile life and them disappear into the heavens and a scientist sets out to dissuade him, that we are not all bad. The earth begins to be destroyed and finally, Klaata decides he will help and after all the destruction - the earth stood still.

Good apocalyptic movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER... Oct. 7 2009
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
I am a sucker for sci-fi movies and, having loved the 1951 Robert Wise classic of the same name, starring Michael Rennie in the role of Klaatu, I was ready to see what Keanu Reeves would do in that same role of intergalactic messenger. The answer is: apparently nothing. It was just Keanu being Keanu.

Robert Wise did more in 1951 with what he had to work with than Scott Derrickson had in 2008, which goes to show you that special effects alone do not make a film. Although it gets off to a promising start and the special effects are excellent, after the first half hour of the film it is strictly downhill.

The storyline is simple. Klaatu, an extraterrestrial, comes to Earth with his assistant on a mission. It appears that Earthlings have been observed by a superior species and found wanting. In the original 1951 film, the mission was clear. Klaatu lets the earthlings know that they need to clean up their act or they will be destroyed. In the 2008 remake, Klaatu's message is that he has actually come to destroy Earthlings, because we have been found wanting.

Jennifer Connelly, in the role of Dr. Helen Bensen, a supposed top-notch scientist, gets all weepy with Klaatu, begging for another chance. Moreover, the constant interjection of the cute kid, played by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett's son, is really annoying and adds very little to this muddle of a film. It probably would have been a better film, if the whole subplot involving this child were removed, as it only weakened the film with all its sentimental claptrap.

Meanwhile, Klaatu is left to ponder that age old question: just what is an Alien to do when confronted by a beautiful Earthling whose beautiful eyes well up with tears every time the Alien mentions killing off all of humanity?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful, but not good enough.... April 7 2009
By J. Au
This is a very meaningful movie that tell people to protect our planet instead of destory it, since mostly of us are all try to destory out Earth, except those people that try so hard to protect it. If you think you are not the one, then, first you have answer a question, do you really care about globle warming?
If about this movie itself(not the message from the movie), beside the CG, I don't see any good that worth to purchase this movie. So, I will suggest that you go rent it before you purchase.
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Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A very good movie and the fact that it also has the original 1951 edition included in the set is awesome. The remake could have been a little better as it centered less on story and more on special effects than I would have liked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Remake May 13 2014
By David Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:UMD for PSP|Verified Purchase
It is hard to find a good remake. This is well done and Keanu Reeves does a fine job as Klaatu.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Insult to Original Film Oct. 29 2013
By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER
This was easily one of the worst remakes ever done. The original is a classic. The only real special effects were at the beginning and the end. In the story Klatu comes to earth and warns us if we take our aggressive nature into space there are consequences. The rest off the universe has built robots that come into action if there is any physical conflict. So we are to leave our "Petty squabbles" on earth. The movie follows Klatu when he lives among earths people.
Now the new one. In this train wreak the alien come to earth because we are destroying the environment. This has none of the story about him dealing with the people of earth, he has some sort of super powers. The whole thing is just stupid.
If you want cool looking special effects you will like parts of this film. If you enjoy great films maybe you can give it away!
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