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Review: 'Earth Stood Still' falls apart
CNN ^ | Fri December 12, 2008 | Tom Charity

Posted on 12/12/2008 6:50:28 PM PST by CE2949BB

(CNN) -- Call it the second coming.

Klaatu the spaceman first visited these parts in Robert Wise's 1951 Cold War classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," when he threatened to blow us all up unless we stopped threatening to do the job for him.

Klaatu wasn't exactly greeted with open arms back then -- he was shot and hounded for his troubles -- and if the earth has moved on over the past half century, you wouldn't know it from the trigger-happy welcoming committee that surrounds his luminous snowball of a space craft in New York's Central Park.

Where sci-fi films in the 1950s used to see red(s), today they go green. Directed by Scott Derrickson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and scripted by David Scarpa ("The Last Castle"), "The Day the Earth Stood Still" 2.0 ditches the Cold War theme. Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) means to save the planet, but war isn't the problem. Mankind is the problem.

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KEYWORDS: barf; earthstoodstill; environmentalism; hollyweird; movie; tdtess
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1 posted on 12/12/2008 6:50:28 PM PST by CE2949BB
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To: CE2949BB

Next remake will be Tommy Cruz in White Heat


2 posted on 12/12/2008 6:53:47 PM PST by shadeaud (The only thing we have to fear is fear itself and the executive power of president-elect obammma)
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To: CE2949BB

Another classic film ruined in a remake.

Hollywood sucks.


3 posted on 12/12/2008 6:54:03 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: CE2949BB

4 posted on 12/12/2008 6:54:38 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: CE2949BB

We just watched the original last night on one of the movie channels. It’s one of my all time favorite movies.

I knew this would suck. It’s a Youku or DVD movie.


5 posted on 12/12/2008 6:56:30 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: CE2949BB
So.. does it suck because it actually sucks or does it suck because you disagree with the environmental overtones?

Everyone said "The day after tomorrow" sucked because of the global warming crap in it, but as a movie, it rocked.

See, you don't have to agree with the theories espoused in a film in order to enjoy it.

The global warming crap is just that.. crap. It does not detract from the effects or the acting or the production values.

6 posted on 12/12/2008 6:58:31 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: CE2949BB

And actually, this is wrong...

“Klaatu the spaceman first visited these parts in Robert Wise’s 1951 Cold War classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” when he threatened to blow us all up unless we stopped threatening to do the job for him.”

Klaatu tells the crowd that robots like Gort have been given a directive to destroy any planet that is aggressive to another. He even says, “It doesn’t matter what you do to yourselves.”

Understanding that this was really close to the space race, it was about taking over in Space.


7 posted on 12/12/2008 6:59:40 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: CE2949BB

Another Hollywood movie about how bad AmeriKKKa is. No surprise here. The original was on last night. It still holds up OK, as far as 50’s sci-fi goes.


8 posted on 12/12/2008 7:00:27 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: humblegunner

Did you just imply that a Keanu Reeves movie might have good acting? You funny!

Some people require more out of a movie than pretty digital effects.


9 posted on 12/12/2008 7:00:55 PM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: humblegunner

>>Everyone said “The day after tomorrow” sucked because of the global warming crap in it, but as a movie, it rocked.<<

No really, it sucked. Global Warming or no GW, the dialog was lame and the storyline was abstract. The effects were fairly well standard for the time. Tons of CG doesn’t make a great movie.


10 posted on 12/12/2008 7:01:46 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: humblegunner

You thought “The Day After Tomorrow” rocked?? Woah, dude.


11 posted on 12/12/2008 7:02:29 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: CE2949BB

Special effects will never replace talent. The classics relied on talented actors and all the remakes in the owrld cannot compete.

Not only is the talent lacking in acting, there appears little talent left in screenwriting or original ideas.

I’ll stick to my classics.


12 posted on 12/12/2008 7:04:50 PM PST by DakotaRed (Don't you wish you had supported a conservative when you had the chance?)
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To: edge10
Did you just imply that a Keanu Reeves movie might have good acting?

Haven't seen it.

Keanu Reeves is no worse than other actors.

I could give a rats ass about the politics of actors.

I don't look to them for wisdom or political views.

Do you?

13 posted on 12/12/2008 7:05:28 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: netmilsmom
I loved it when the wolves got loose.

And the tanker floating down the street? Freakin' awesome.

14 posted on 12/12/2008 7:08:35 PM PST by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: DakotaRed
Special effects (manifest in their guise as 3D animation) will take over ALL acting. As we speak hundreds of thousands of pimply faced teenagers are sitting at home in their mother's basements eating entirely too many potatochips and drinking too many sodas while they get in 20 to 25 years experience manipulating digital input devices. That's the skill level needed to even begin to learn 3D animation!

Elderly farts on FR, DU and various and assorted other "text based" systems are practicing the skills necessary to write convincing dialog for those 3D animation productions.

Stay on good terms with your kids and they might let you help!

15 posted on 12/12/2008 7:09:34 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: humblegunner

Nor do I. I follow the ‘Shut up and sing’ shool of thought.

I am not a fan of remakes and definitely not re-imagnings.

Keanu Reeves no worse than other actors, I hope none of those are employeed!


16 posted on 12/12/2008 7:09:49 PM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: humblegunner
The global warming crap is just that.. crap. It does not detract from the effects or the acting or the production values.

No. It just makes the story pathetically stupid and offensive, thus rendering the film unwatchable. "The Happening" had the same inane theme of "humans get what they deserve for hurting the environment". Honestly, I don't understand what kind of wretched soul can produce this crap.

17 posted on 12/12/2008 7:09:53 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: CE2949BB

I’ve never, yet, seen a remake that was as good as the original movie.


18 posted on 12/12/2008 7:10:17 PM PST by Signalman
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To: humblegunner
Everyone said "The day after tomorrow" sucked because of the global warming crap in it, but as a movie, it rocked.

You have got to be kidding? That movie was the biggest steaming pile since Deep Impact!

19 posted on 12/12/2008 7:10:27 PM PST by Bommer ( Republican Party - RIP!)
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To: humblegunner

We all have our personal favorites that everyone else looks at and goes, “Huh?”

Personally I’m more Iron Man and Dark Knight. When they don’t rely solely on computers for your special effects, that is art.


20 posted on 12/12/2008 7:11:47 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: edge10

Note to self, use spell check:

Nor do I. I follow the ‘Shut up and sing’ school of thought.

I am not a fan of remakes and definitely not re-imaginings.

Keanu Reeves no worse than other actors, I hope none of those are employed!


21 posted on 12/12/2008 7:11:58 PM PST by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: vladimir998

All they really had to do is stick with the original script. A few tweaks would have been OK (color, new actors/actresses, updated special effects), but they have ruined it. Sad to say, that’s pretty typical for remakes. I won’t be paying to see this one.


22 posted on 12/12/2008 7:12:43 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Merry Christmas!)
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To: humblegunner

If a movie has any politically correct content to it, such as man made global warming, I refuse to watch it. I don’t care who’s in it, who directed it, or who produced it. I’m not alone. There are millions of people just like me. Hollywood doesn’t seem to care. Kind of like all the major news papers going broke because no one wants to read their bias bull shit.


23 posted on 12/12/2008 7:13:14 PM PST by kempo
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To: CE2949BB

In my humble opinion, the only remake of a Hollywood classic that was better than the original was “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Pierce Brosnan and Renee Russo. It was clever, fast-paced, hip and really sexy. The original had a great cast, but bank jobs are a bit more to stomach than an art heist. Other than that, I’d have to go into the vault to haul out the 1951 version of “A Christmas Carol” with Alistair Sims over the 1938 Reginald Denny version. The postwar version was tremendous.

Sad...all the rest are total bombs.


24 posted on 12/12/2008 7:13:57 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: humblegunner
I could give a rats ass about the politics of actors.

I don't look to them for wisdom or political views.

An actor's political views off camera are easy to ignore when you're watching a good movie. But what about the politics of movies, and the explicit political views that those movies were created to communicate? If you ignore that, you're not really watching the movie.

25 posted on 12/12/2008 7:14:28 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: netmilsmom

Dark Knight arrived today. I’ll watch it tomorrow.


26 posted on 12/12/2008 7:15:17 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: CE2949BB

I saw it tonite. I am sucker for anything sci fi.

I got to say it was awful. Do not waste your time or money.

John

PS. I pretty much on boycott with Hollywood and have been for years. I only go to sci fi movies.


27 posted on 12/12/2008 7:16:51 PM PST by Diggity
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To: CE2949BB
When the original was made, people had to rely on talent more than digital mastery. Which could be considered a talent I guess.

I will watch the movie when it is available for home viewing and hope it is good.

I still think the remake of "The Thing from another planet" with Kurt Russel was so much different from the original that both can be considered classics.

28 posted on 12/12/2008 7:18:14 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: humblegunner
I don't look to[entertainment] for wisdom or political views. Do you?

Yes, I do.

I worship Eric Cartman as my God.

29 posted on 12/12/2008 7:18:38 PM PST by Lazamataz (Proud author of abstract semi-religious dogmatic hoooey with a decidedly fringe feel.)
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To: Bobkk47

The Thing, starring Kurt Russell. Better than the original.


30 posted on 12/12/2008 7:18:55 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Merry Christmas!)
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To: CE2949BB
Robert Wise's 1951 Cold War classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still,"

A very well done, super classic.

Met Billy Gray at the flat track races a few years back in Orange County, CA.

He was racing in the event. Nice guy, seemed like a regular joe.

Billy played the kid in the classic, in addition to playing Bud Anderson in Father Knows Best, back before America had been taken over by Communist, Freaks, illegal aliens and corrupt politicians.

31 posted on 12/12/2008 7:18:55 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Frank Sheed
>>Dark Knight arrived today. I’ll watch it tomorrow.<<

OOOOOOO!!!!! It's so good! But be warned, it's very brutal. Not bloody, just brutal.

At times there are so many high tension things going on, you'll be ready to jump out of your seat. My hubby said that it's so much better to watch at home because in the theater his muscles were taunt through the whole thing.

He let me go see it in IMAX on the second day. It was our wedding anniversary. He got tickets for the girls to see Space Chimps and told me to go in. Then he delivered Popcorn to my seat.

The guy next to me asked how I got it delivered and I told him. My hubby got applause! He is my hero. (he saw it two weeks later with my nephew)

32 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:04 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: CE2949BB

Every review I have heard or seen, badmouths it.


33 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:32 PM PST by razorback-bert (Save the planet...it is the only known one with beer!)
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To: humblegunner

“The day after tomorrow” rocked?

Hmmmm...I thought it was so-so. Good special effects, but a terribly silly story. Decent family angle, but way too preachy with the enviro-nazi message.


34 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:44 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: shadeaud

50 years from now this film will be presented, along with others, at a “Global Warming Film Fest”. We will be in a hot “Global Cooling” debate with Al Gores’ grandson as the moderator. I only wish I would live that long.


35 posted on 12/12/2008 7:21:47 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: humblegunner

No “The Day After Tomorrow” sucked because it was really really BAD! Cool special effects with moronic plotline. Just dumb!


36 posted on 12/12/2008 7:22:18 PM PST by packrat35 (To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women...)
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To: Junior_G

Nothing like paying to have yourself berated by some green PC Hollywood producer and then going home feeling you got gypped. That’s how to pack them into the theaters.


37 posted on 12/12/2008 7:22:26 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: CE2949BB

Was there a lot of T&A in the remake?


38 posted on 12/12/2008 7:22:44 PM PST by Ken522
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To: Diggity

>>I got to say it was awful. Do not waste your time or money.

John<<

Thanks John!


39 posted on 12/12/2008 7:23:09 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: humblegunner

What are you skmoking dude????

Keanu Reeves cannot act. Hes horrible.


40 posted on 12/12/2008 7:23:48 PM PST by packrat35 (To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women...)
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To: netmilsmom

I just posted this on another thread but:

the first movie had a robot named GORT who simply impersonated Sen. Al Gort from TN.

the remake is about the Al Gort initiative on Global Warming and happens to have a robot named GORT.

Real progress...

It’s snowing in New Orleans too...

;-0)


41 posted on 12/12/2008 7:27:35 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: ozzymandus

“Another Hollywood movie about how bad AmeriKKKa is”

I am sick of the anti-American brainwashing. Kids are sucked into it and go away ashamed of the greatest nation the world has ever produced.


42 posted on 12/12/2008 7:33:32 PM PST by garjog
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To: humblegunner
The global warming crap is just that.. crap. It does not detract from the effects or the acting or the production values.

Sure it does... When you put crap into something, you get crap out. It's based on crap...Based on that, it's crap.

Hard to believe they're allowed to butcher good classics with their politically correct garbage. It really ruins it.

They could never come close to the real classic, the one and only, "The Day the Earth Stood Still".

43 posted on 12/12/2008 7:36:30 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: CE2949BB

The original is one of my all time favorites. You can’t remake what was done right the first time. Give me Michael Rennie anyday. His Klaatu had class. One scene I would have cut is Patricia Neal freaking out with Gort. Ah, but then it was the ‘50’s and the film needed a screaming female...


44 posted on 12/12/2008 7:39:52 PM PST by Cheesel (The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: humblegunner

Day After Tomorrow was the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life— irrespective of its environmental message.


45 posted on 12/12/2008 7:40:15 PM PST by exist
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To: CE2949BB

Oh wonderful, another “agenda” movie from the Hollywood schlock meisters.


46 posted on 12/12/2008 7:40:31 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Frank Sheed

>>It’s snowing in New Orleans too...

;-0)<<

So how’s that Global Warming working out down there?


47 posted on 12/12/2008 7:42:23 PM PST by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: CE2949BB

Another bomb we’ll see on Youtube in about 2 months.


48 posted on 12/12/2008 7:42:50 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: CE2949BB
I like this from Peter Suderman's review of the film:

The movie's environmentalism is as wretched as its script is dumb, essentially positing that humanity might deserve to be wiped out for failing, in some totally unexplained way, to take care of the planet. It's a dismal message in a dismal movie, and only Reeves's trance-like, deadpan turn as Klaatu provides any fun. Everyone else involved ought to be embarrassed at both the story and the message, which isn't just pro-environment, but anti-human — which may explain why only an evolved being like Reeves survives unscathed.

49 posted on 12/12/2008 7:46:44 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: humblegunner

It sucked. We just saw it and it was a real snoozer. The PC reeked but that wasn’t the problem. My 12-yr old daughter said it had no “oomph”.

Flat, boring, stupid movie. And we like Reeve and any kind of sci fi.

Do NOT recommend.


50 posted on 12/12/2008 7:50:53 PM PST by Amadeo
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