Box art for The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy


In The Day the Earth Stood Still, a reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    27%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Sci-fi remake has big effects but no real power.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this drama/thriller (which is a remake of a 1950s classic that most kids probably haven't seen) has lots of urban destruction, as well as some scenes of science-fiction-style violence perpetrated against people. There's some blood and some graphic visuals, such as when a man with broken legs is healed through super-science and his broken legs are seen straightening out. There's also a notable amount of product placement, particularly for Windows and McDonald's. On a positive note, there's basically nothing in the way of swearing or sex, and the movie offers thought-provoking discussion about humanity's relationship with Earth's ecology.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's central theme: What will it take for humans to deal with issues like pollution, global warming, overpopulation, and other consequences of our industrial-technological lifestyle? Is it the media's job to point out these issues?
  • Do you think most mainstream movies have an issue-based agenda? Why or why not?
  • Families who've seen the original can also discuss the differencesbetween the two films. How have filmmaking styles and technologieschanged in the past 50 years, and what era-specific real-world concernsdo the different films speak to?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I really have to say I liked this movie enough to not pan it like a lot of people. It wasnt horrible, had some really good special effects and had its nice preachy sci fi meaning. So overall not to bad for a couples hours of popcorn fare.

- jmanard52, Saturday, May 23, 2009

1 star

"Change his mind. Not with reason, but with yourself." A mysterious alien presence arrives on earth, causing chaos, confusion, and many questions. Primarily, why is it here? Is this humanity's hour of judgment, or salvation? I really don't know how I found The Day The Earth Stood Still to be bearable enough to finish. It's clunky, often boring, and heavy-handed in a way that good science fiction never is. The worst flaws are the script and dialogue, which are simply terrible. Poor Jennifer Connelly often looks like she can't believe the words that are coming out of her mouth, and the other actors don't have it any better. I like Keanu Reaves, but here he is somehow still too stiff and emotionless for a character that's SUPPOSED to be stiff and emotionless. Dull subplots focusing on annoying characters somehow make an already boring movie even worse. There's really not even an memorable action or special effects scenes to make things interesting, even briefly. There's no emotion here, no excitement, nothing to engage the viewer. The Day the Earth Stood Still is just an empty experience.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

1 star

"Change his mind. Not with reason, but with yourself." A mysterious alien presence arrives on earth, causing chaos, confusion, and many questions. Primarily, why is it here? Is this humanity's hour of judgment, or salvation? I really don't know how I found The Day The Earth Stood Still to be bearable enough to finish. It's clunky, often boring, and heavy-handed in a way that good science fiction never is. The worst flaws are the script and dialogue, which are simply terrible. Poor Jennifer Connelly often looks like she can't believe the words that are coming out of her mouth, and the other actors don't have it any better. I like Keanu Reaves, but here he is somehow still too stiff and emotionless for a character that's SUPPOSED to be stiff and emotionless. Dull subplots focusing on annoying characters somehow make an already boring movie even worse. There's really not even an memorable action or special effects scenes to make things interesting, even briefly. There's no emotion here, no excitement, nothing to engage the viewer. The Day the Earth Stood Still is just an empty experience.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, March 27, 2012