The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Scott Derrickson (2008)

12A Certificate
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Robert Wise's alien-invasion film The Day the Earth Stood Still, released in 1951, is an iconic entry in the canon of 1950s sci-fi, thanks in part to its muted parable of Christian redemption. Fifty-seven years on, this fatuous remake ditches the Cold War/religious subtext - and even the flying saucers - in its attempt to deliver a more contemporary allegory, as spaceman Keanu Reeves arrives with a warning for humanity. At his best when dealing with the CGI-heavy action, director Scott Derrickson fumbles the plotting, which degenerates into messy confusion the moment Reeves escapes from government custody with the help of scientist Jennifer Connelly. It's a pointless remake that would be passable on its own terms but suffers terribly in comparison with its source material. The general sense is that the film-makers lost sight of what was unique about the original while they were shoehorning in the umpteenth scene of tanks being blown up by alien weaponry.


An alien arrives on Earth, accompanied by an awesomely powerful robot, on a fateful mission - to decide if the human race deserves to continue - and if not, to wipe it out. The visitor is imprisoned in a military facility, but a scientist helps him escape, hoping to prove that mankind is worth saving. Sci-fi drama remake, starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Klaatu Keanu Reeves
Dr Helen Benson Jennifer Connelly
Regina Jackson Kathy Bates
Professor Barnhardt John Cleese
Jacob Benson Jaden Smith
Michael Granier Jon Hamm
Grossman J C MacKenzie
Yusef Mousa Kraish
Dr Ikegawa Hiro Kanagawa
Rouhani Sunita Prasad
Director Scott Derrickson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Dec 2008