The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still

In Theatres: 
Dec 12, 2008
Running Time: 
110 Minutes

I’m sure that someone in the creative department on this film thought, after seeing the final cut, that this film was a thinking person’s movie. Not a whole lot of action or suspense and by keeping the special effects generically styled people would simply set aside their need for entertainment and delve deep into the heart of the subject matter involved. Are we worthy as a species? The question is of course left up to the viewer who must craft their own conclusions since the film really never shows up in that department. The film basically hangs on the shoulders of Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, and Jaden Smith. Not the finest group for conveying a message of such in-depth sociological proportions and for the most part all three miss their mark. Reeves is so painstakingly dull and Connelly’s character so poorly written in. Jaden Smith plays a kid and in that respect, good job, but even so when his character becomes a plot device things get clichéd and soft.

As I walked out of the theater doors people in front of me talked amongst one another about how much they hated the film and people behind me pretty much enveloped themselves in the same conversation. Its not hard to see that the film was not only a huge disappointment to me but to a large group of people. If I had to compare it to anything I would say it was The Last Mimzy only for adults.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
Follow him @ Twitter
Friend him @ Facebook