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The Imagination Famine Continues...,
This review is from: The Day the Earth Stood Still [DVD]  (DVD)Having never seen the original I can only judge this movie on its own merits, which - if it has any - are impossible to define.
The Big Glowing Orbs (UFOs) are so unimaginative it baffles the mind. Click on a decent Mexican-made UFO hoax on youtube and you will be more impressed (The morphing 'bundle of balloons' video for example).The Independence Day opening with the UFOs entering orbit is far superior and almost (if not) a decade earlier. Stars for UFO = Zero.
The Robot is a homage to the original design - Humanoid (two-arms-two-legs), bland with a red cyclopic lens similar (if not snatched) from Battle-Star Galactica. No originality there. Stars for Robot = Zero.
The 'Earth Killer' Bug-Swarm. Metal insects like in the Matrix, acting like Locusts. Chewing up the truck was fun and perhaps the only moment of the movie that I actually enjoyed. As a device for annihilation it is uninspired and unimaginative, visually unappealing (sans the aforementuioned truck) and overall unimpressive. Stars for Bugs = 0.5
The Plot/Message - Consumer society and humanity's warlike tendencies are wreaking irreversible damage to the Planet, therefore they must be wiped-out. Nothing new there. Plot/Message Stars = Zero
Sub-plot - Child growing up without his father, raised by his adopted mother. Annoying - especially as he is ill-controlled and a rat/snitch. Strangely genocidal and murderous child, claims his deceased father would have 'Killed the Aliens - just in case'. Highlights the above plot. Nothing original, barely emotional, doesn't raise sympathy, empathy or anything. Subplot Stars = Zero.
Keanu Reeves/The Alien - In human Form. Ho-hum. Nothing imaginative in creature-design. Acting is suitably devoid of emotion for a creature that does not understand humanity. Reeves need apply no further acting skills than acting in Neutrality. Stars for Alien = Zero.
Conolly/Protagonist - Stock-character. One-dimensional. Ellicits no real emotional response. Vehicle for Plot (lol). Nothing. Stars for Jennifer = 0.5.
Overall = 1 Star. 1 Generous Star.