The Day The Earth Stood Still

The Day The Earth Stood Still
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 45min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: David Scarpa (screenplay), Harry Bates (original short story), Ryne Douglas Pearson, Stuart Hazeldine
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, John Cleese, Jaden Smith, Kyle Chandler
  • Website: www.thedaytheearthstoodstillmovie.com

Here, as in Wise's original, mankind's future is placed in the hands of alien visitor Klaatu (Reeves), who has been sent to judge its capacity for change in the wake of the environmental damage they have inflicted upon the planet. It's up to Dr Helen Benson (Connelly) and her stepson Jacob (Smith) to convince him that they are ready before it's too late and he triggers their destruction. A remake with more contemporary resonance than most.

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