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Day the Earth Stood Still, The (2008) - 3-Disc Special Edition [Blu-Ray]


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: PG-13 (some sci-fi disaster images and violence)
Length: 104 minutes

Video

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color 1080p

Audio

ENGLISH: DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround

Captions

English, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

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Plot

A giant unidentified object is hurling it's way to Earth at a speed that will certainly annihilate the planet. Fortunately, it turns out to be a spaceship that lands in Central Park. When the alien exits the ship to greet us, we proceed to shoot him and then take him hostage. This film is loosely based on the 1951 film of the same name but is anything but a carbon copy of it. The message has changed from everyone just getting along to us not taking care of the planet and instead of the alien coming down to lecture us, he's just here to determine whether or not we will live.

Pros

They didn't waste everyone’s time trying to make an exact remake of the original; let's face it, times have changed a lot since then (boarding houses, women's role in society, etc.). Keanu Reeves does his normal stoic/unemotional role (see "The Matrix" and "Constantine") and the talented and lovely Jennifer Connelly does a good job as the doctor that basically serves as the face of humanity. The special effects were very well done and I simply like the new version of this story.

Cons

Why do we have to have whiny kids in movies nowadays? Hmmmm? Just because his father is Will Smith doesn't mean he’s going to be a good actor. Also, the ending just seemed to be too abrupt. I get it, at least I think I do, but I wish there would have been little more to it. And once again, the military is depicted in a very unflattering light.

Extras

  • The Original 1951 Movie on Blu-Ray
  • Audio Commentary by Screenwriter David Scarpa
  • Picture-in-Picture BONUSVIEW
  • Klaatu's Unseen Artifacts
  • Build Your Own Gort Interactive Experience
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Re-imagining The Day Documentary
  • Unleashing Gort Featurette
  • Watching the Skies: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life Featurette
  • The Day the Earth Was "Green" Featurette
  • Still Galleries

Recommendation

Seeing the original film first is not a prerequisite; from what I've read it's actually detrimental to how most people that have view this film. This movie should be judged on its own, not compared to the original and if you can do that, I suspect you'll find the film to be as entertaining as I have. Let's face it, if this would have been an exact remake then it would have been criticized as unnecessary yet, because they changed the story, they are still being criticized. Some people just need to get a life. And yes, for the record, I have seen the original a couple of times and if you can judge this film on it's own merit I think you'll enjoy it also.

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Actors

Kathy Bates - SecDef Regina Jackson
[The Golden Compass, Misery, Primary Colors, The Stand, Titanic]
Rukiya Bernard - Student
Tanya Champoux - Isabel
Kyle Chandler - John Driscoll
[King Kong (2005), The Kingdom, Mulholland Falls]
John Cleese - Professor Barnhardt
[A Fish Called Wanda, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Die Another Day, Frankenstein, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Rat Race, Shrek 2, Silverado, Time Bandits, The World Is Not Enough]
Jennifer Connelly - Dr. Helen Benson
[A Beautiful Mind, Dark City, House of Sand and Fog, Mulholland Falls, Requiem For A Dream]
Sam Gilroy - Tom
Jon Hamm - Michael Granier
[We Were Soldiers]
James Hong - Mr. Wu
[Big Trouble in Little China, Blade Runner, Chinatown, The Golden Child, Hero, Kung Fu Panda, Missing in Action]
Robert Knepper - Colonel
[Hitman]
Sunita Prasad - Rouhani
Keanu Reeves - Klaatu
[Bram Stroker's Dracula, Constantine, The Devil's Advocate, Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix/Reloaded/Revolutions, A Scanner Darkly, Point Break, Speed]
Juan Riedinger - William Kwan
John Rothman - Dr. Myron
Jaden Smith - Jacob Benson

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