The Day the Earth Stood Still
Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, and Jaden Smith
Directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence
Appropriate for ages 10+
A large celestial body is hurling towards Earth, but rather than a meteor, an Alien (Reeves)arrives instead. His goal: to take mankind out of the picture before they destroy the much-needed planet and all of its resources.
If you’ve ever seen Tropic Thunder or any other film spoofing Hollywood, you should remember the clips they show of other movies within that movie. This is like a 100-minute-long version of one of those clips. From start to finish, it feels like a joke. I understand the message and I agree that we need to be more responsible for the planet with which we live. But between this film and Shyamalan’s The Happening, I am not pleased with the way the studios are trying to teach us a lesson. While The Day After Tomorrow wasn’t brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, it is Citizen Kane compared to this tripe.
While the special effects were decent enough, and Jennifer Connelly is always easy on the eyes, I have to warn you that what you get here is not a cutting edge sci-fi flick like it’s original, but rather a preachy commercial on going green. D-