"The Day the Earth Stood Still." - DVD Review.

By Bob Zerull

1 Star:

I’m not really sure why they felt the need to remake this movie. When the world ends, Keanu Reeves will most likely be the guy to inform the world. I’m dying for him make Bill & Ted, Part 3. I think George Carlin did. Hopefully he didn’t have to sit through this pile of crap otherwise known as “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu, an alien from another universe coming to Earth to save Earth by eliminating human race. Feel free to roll your eyes. He arrives in this giant sphere thing along with this giant Oscar Trophy looking Robot (that doesn’t move). Klaatu is immediately captured and held by the US government led by Secretary of Defense Regina Jackson played by Kathy Bates.

Dr. Helen Benson played by the always reliable Jennifer Connelly breaks Klaatu out, because she believes that he may be the key to saving the human race. If she can convince Klaatu that we can change then maybe they won’t go through with the attack. Guess what happens?

Dr. Benson takes Klaatu to see Professor Barnhardt played by the hilarious John Cleese (just not hilarious in this role). Professor Barnhardt explains to Klaatu that when we’re up against the wall and we have to change, we’re capable of it. Before Klaatu can acknowledge the professor, the FBI is raiding the property looking for Klaatu and Doctor Benson.

What’s good? Jennifer Connelly and Jaden Smith (as Jennifer’s step son). Given the terrible story line those two at least do the best they can with it. Everything else is bad though. I mean they’re running from the FBI in the same car for a good chunk of the movie, then once they get cornered they take off on foot. Yet they never get caught. When Klaatu is captured, he immediately speaks and understands English. One far fetched thing after another.

When the aliens finally attack, they attack with what appears to be a trillion steal termites, give or take. They just destroy everything in their sight and reproduce every time they destroy something. The intent of this movie is to make you think, which is insulting being that the writers and filmmakers weren’t thinking when they came up with this story.


Bob Zerull is a frequent movie and concert goer who talks about his ventures to arenas and theaters more than any person should be allowed to do. Now, he puts them down on paper. Email him your thoughts at: bzerull19@gmail.com. Also visit: www.cadaverchristmas.com.

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Jerry said...

Is it because Keanu Reeves is a "whoa" type actor?


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