December 13, 2008
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
This movie is straight doo-doo. It has the IQ of Independence Day, but without any of the fun.
People do stupid, pointless, and illogical things just to move the trite little "message-movie" plot (go green or aliens will destroy you!!). Keanu is wooden and uninteresting (yes, I know that's like saying water is wet) and Jennifer Connelly is likewise. Jaden Smith is a cutie, but he's clearly a benefactor of nepotism. He's not Jake Lloyd-awful, though. He does show traces of that natural charisma from the family genepool.
Just the fact that this film was even made annoys me. It's obvious the Hollywood machine just thought to cash in on a known property, a classic, without regard for the quality of the final "re-imagined" product. That shows real contempt for the viewing audience and the original filmmakers, while still looking to make that easy buck.
Please, don't fall for it. Don't enable more easy, crap-remakes to be greenlit.
The audience I saw this with laughed derisively and left quickly, a millisecond before the credits began to roll.
Check the original instead. I believe it's playing on AMC.
PARENTS: Except for the fact that it sucks, it's fine for kids.