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on 25 July 2017
Good film but no where near the original
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on 7 March 2017
I bought this for my friend and is pleased withe dvd so thank you
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on 21 November 2017
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on 14 April 2015
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on 29 December 2014
When the original version was released in the early fifties i suspect it carried an 'A' Certificate, which today would be a '15' maybe, being released now as ( a 'PG' )
This version ? i bought it because of what should have been a 'special effects' spectacle, truth is it could have been so much better in that department .
'Keanu Reeves' does what 'Keanu Reeves' does....walks...talks ?
The story line is about an Alien intent on saving the planet from the human race, eliminating...yes...the human race...who ( sounds familiar ) seem hell bent on destroying a great living space for short term gains.
Can the 'Alien' be convinced that rather than destroy us, we could actually change...and do the right thing ( in reality...probably not )
The film lacked the tension element that movies like this really need, probably not enough excitement for most ?
worth a watch at least..... to buy ?............well i did obviously...but I'd have to say 'rent' it on 'Blu-ray' first, then make a choice of to buy or not to buy.
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on 27 March 2012
The Good - The effects of this are far better than the original which look weak now. I think Kathy Bates, Jennifer Connelly and Keanu Reeves do well with the elements that the script gives them (perverse I know).
The Automaton is very impressive,
The Bad the script. Some of the emphasis shift to Starman mythos takes too much away for me - Ultimately - I did not feel the threat was real nor the reason for it well enough explained. 2 out of 5.
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#1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 9 September 2014
This was never going to be an easy re-make, the classic much loved and respected 1951 Robert Wise film still ranks as one of the best science fiction offerings even today.

It could be argued that a reboot attempt was overdue, and I held out some hope as Keanu Reeves is a good actor and has some grounding in the science fiction arena (nobody would complain about the Matrix being a good film and his solid acting in that) Reeve should be a perfect match for the emotionless Klaatu main character, but sadly there are quite a few problems with the film that go beyond cast members.

The storyline is broadly based on the 50's film, some diversion (mostly for the bad) but pacing is a problem, and the script is frequently rather bland and predictable. Worse, leaving aside the not to get attached to Klaatu, you can never connect or feel anything for the other cast members, nor really care much about them. For some reason they also decided to throw John Cleese in as Professor Karl Barnhardt, whilst I have a lot of time for Cleese (in comedy roles) his presence here is poorly judged.

SFX wise, despite the big budget it not quite up to the level you would expect even if they unloaded $80 million on the film it's far from bad but lacks that wow factor the deep wallet suggests.

It would be fair to say the 50's version had it's flaws the familiar cheesy soundtrack (but it worked so well) even the older GORT despite the obvious costume was more memorable, the script was good, the story had real meaning and was well structured. This newer version lacks just about every aspect that made that film work. A real shame, I struggled to sit through this version and it's sadly one that won't be getting viewed very often. A film can work even with flaws, but this is a film without any soul, and lacking in character or connection for the viewer.

A real let down, pass this one and head straight for the older version
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 February 2015
I approached this film with an open mind and having watched Darren Aronofky's Noah the previous day was struck with the almost identical theme of man ruining Earth and having to be eradicated from the planet. The collecting of living species into various spheres present around the planet is very biblical as is the judgement of mankind's behaviour, in this case by Keanu Reeves' Klaatu, a representative of a group of alien races concerned at the destructive nature of mankind. In the original 1951 film the conceit was the need to stop the potentially aggressive military expansion of the human race whereas in this film it is the need to ensure the survival of Earth, a unique planet in danger of being destroyed by man. The first half an hour of the film was promising - the arrival of the alien spaceship, the expected hostility and suspicion about the alien being, the human race seen through an alien's eyes (the highlight of the film for me was the conversation between Klaatu and another alien observer who had been present on earth in human form for 70 years). However, as the film progressed the screenplay seemed dull and uninspiring, relying too much on special effects as poor characterisation and plotting resulted in lamentable acting. A thoroughly disappointing film which I will not be watching again.
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Having loved the 1951 original (and reviewed the DVD in depth a good few years back) - like most fans of this great Sci-Fi milestone - I approached the 2008 remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" with high hopes - especially after seeing some jaw-dropping teaser trailers.

But like so many have already commented - it mostly disappointed - and seemed lacking in something indefinable. Having said all that (and being a sucker for anything Sci-Fi) - half of me would probably watch this blockbuster again. There are definitely some nice touches - the Vaseline type balm that cures all mortal wounds - the building and truck-eating insects that ravage whole cities in their steely path...Keanu in a natty suit and tie (mandatory apparel for all extra terrestrial visitors and/or angels these days)...the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly who can talk me out of Global destruction any day of the week...

Anyway - should you be game enough to want to own "The Day The Earth Stood Still" - be aware that the 'US' edition on 20th Century Fox is REGION A LOCKED - so it will not play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

Personally - I'd plumb for the 1951 Black and White original - it may be hammy by today's standards (and you can literally see Gort's strings) - but it still has an impact and class - which unfortunately its moneyed remake so clearly doesn't...
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The remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of those cases of an okay remake of a much better film: not terrible, but lacking the power and humanity of the much-loved classic it is attempting to update. Not that it isn't an interesting attempt to use the same plot to address a new generation's version of the eternal fear of the sky falling on their heads, changing the threat of nuclear war to the destruction of the environment. The opening isn't altogether convincing but it does take a relatively realistic approach to how the government would react if an alien object were discovered to be on collision course with the Earth, keeping the public in the dark and shanghaiing the top scientists in their field to assess the aftermath. But the collision doesn't happen and, after much scene-setting and attempts at creating an atmosphere of mystery and unease, Jennifer Connelly's scientist finds herself on the run with Keanu Reeves' alien who's here to save the Earth - which isn't necessarily a good thing for us...

It's not particularly badly written or directed, but it just lacks that spark to make it anything special. Where the original tapped into 50s paranoia, this never manages to hook onto a 21st century one effectively enough to add to the stakes for the audience and, more crucially, lacks a real human heart to make us care about the fate of its central characters let alone humanity as a whole (if anything Jaden Smith is such an odious kill-crazy tyke you'll be giving Armageddon serious consideration). Which is a pity, because there are some genuinely good ideas here and a couple of interesting moments that hint at a better film, not least James Hong's scene as a melancholy long-term visitor or an underdeveloped sequence with John Cleese's biologist. The spectacle at the end is mildly enjoyable popcorn entertainment, this time adding destruction and a high body count to the original's mere demonstration of power and the threat of global destruction being put in motion rather than a big speech outlining the film's view of how to set the world to rights (this time round Klaatu instantly abandons any thoughts of addressing the world's leaders when stonewalled by Kathy Bates' official). Unfortunately that also briefly highlights perhaps the film's biggest disappointment, the giant robot Gort. This time round it may be an all-CGI creation rather than a man in a suit, but it simply looks like a well-toned guy in a leotard and balaclava, and rather than simply disarming his enemies, he kills them. While his powers are more interesting this time round, once again the final twist from the original novella Farewell to the Master is missing - that it is the robot rather than the humanoid who is the master - although the film does at least confront the original film's double-standard in putting an end to the nuclear arms race by having an even bigger superpower threaten destruction.

Ultimately it's one of those well-intentioned films that's not particularly bad, not particularly good. It holds your attention for its running time without ever really moving you or drawing you in, with just enough of interest to repay the effort but not quite enough to have a fraction of the impact or sense of wonder of the original. Nor is the extras package especially memorable: audio commentary by the screenwriter, 3 brief redundant deleted scenes, stills gallery and some self-congratulatory featurettes, with the Blu-ray adding a picture-in-picture video commentary and storyboards and theatrical trailer.
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