The original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL had a huge impact on those of us who watched it; we used to go around spouting "Klaatu Barada Niktu". Wisely the remake elects to have a different story-line which also allows it to avoid THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH territory. The Fifties was alive with the fear of the atomic bomb, the remake has a more ecological element to it, but the moment the US Government is involved (as ever with Hollywood) we know it's all going pear-shaped. It is of course always unwise to question the realism of Sci-fi story-lines but I had to say this one looked a bit wooly. The cost of the new way of life was kept quiet (but I sense it's no iPods for anyone) and the lamentable level of reconnaissance by the higher civilisation indicates they too have a Civil Service. But all in all it passed the time well enough aided by a nicely out-of-it Keanu Reeves, the luminous Jennifer Connolly and the horrid cute kid. I doubt its effect will equal the original.
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