I watched “The Day the Earth Stood Still” the other day and found it to be pretty good. The story line wasn’t all that great but some of the things in the movie were fairly interesting. There were a few things in the movie that didn’t quite make sense but I ignored that. There were even parts in the movie where I was getting mad at the decisions of some of the character as if they made those decisions because it’s a movie. Basically, it was a good movie otherwise I wouldn’t take the time to review it.
The movie starts out in a suspenseful kind of way and keeps you tuned in. It starts in the year 1928 (I think) on the snowy mountains of India where Keanu Reeves’ character finds a glowing orb. He chips away at the ice that’s surrounding it and suddenly he passes out. When he regains consciousness, he finds a hole in this mittens and a scar on the back of his hand. Then it fast forwards to present day and NASA notices a object that has been orbiting the solar system for a while and all of a sudden its trajectory changes and it’s heading towards the earth. The government rounds up a bunch of scientist and takes them to an airbase where they get prepared for the collision. The object appears to be traveling at a very high speed and at that speed they wouldn’t be anything left but an impact creator. Fortunately, the object somehow slows down and lands in the middle of Central Park (and oddly enough, there are a lot of people in Central Park in the middle of the night). Out comes an alien who goes to greet Jennifer Connelly’s character and out of nowhere, someone shoots it and it starts to die. The robot whose job is to defend the alien comes out starts emitting a high pitch sounds and electromagnetic pulses which causes the people to fall to the ground and all of the machinery turns off.
From that point on, it’s just a bunch of chase scenes between the main characters and the army. There wasn’t much of a dialog in the movie but there was one conversation between Keanu Reeves’ and John Cleese’s character where they discuss the people of the earth. The earth was dying because the humans were killing it. The alien race wanted to save the earth so they planned on annihilate the human race in order to save the earth. One of the most memorable lines from the movie was by John Cleese. “You say we are on the brink of destruction and you’re right. But it’s only on the brink that people find the will to change. Only at the precipice do we evolve.” How true is this quote? We are living in a time where it seems like we’re close to the brink of destruction but what is being done about it? There are wars going on all over the world over what? Land? Oil? Money? What exactly has to happen to the world for people to change?
The threat of global warming has been on the air waves for a while now but it doesn’t seem like anyone is doing anything. Some people are trying to be more environmentally friends but is it going to help? Unless it’s a global change, it won’t be as effective. I remember when gas prices were sky high so people stopped buying those gas guzzlers. Even the manufacturers stop making them. But as soon as the price went back down, they were right back at it.
Anyway, back on track. The movie wasn’t all that great. You sit there watching it but the movie doesn’t take you in. The earth is invaded by a bunch of alien spheres but you don’t get that sense of panic. You see people running but you don’t really hear them screaming. People running around without screaming isn’t scary. I remember seeing a black and white movie where people were running and a lot of people were screaming. That image stuck in my head as an all out panic. Even in those old Godzilla movies where the Japanese are running around screaming and pointing. In this movie, the spheres are landing and people are out there recording it and posting it on YouTube. They don’t convey a sense of fear or anything. It’s like, “Oh cool! Spheres! Glowing spheres. I’m going to recording this and post it on YouTube.” But then again, what’s scary about of glowing spheres?
The movie wasn’t all that good but it did convey a message. Violence is not the answer but humanity will never learn that. Aliens in most movies like to attack the U.S. for god knows what reason. Maybe they see the U.S as more of a threat than every other country on this planet. And in the movies, the U.S. likes to fight back because they don’t like to be pushed around. So what do they do? They wage war against the aliens for invading their turf. Typical of a U.S. versus alien type of movie. Now, I haven’t seen the original but I’ve heard that it’s better than the remake so you might be better off watching the original movie.