Sunday, August 12, 2012

Remaking a Classic: The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)

Premier Hollywood action superstar Keanu Reeves has once again took upon a role out of a sci-fi movie classic in The Day The Earth Stood Still. He’s been in a lot of sci-fi films like Johnny Pneumonic and The Matrix trilogy, but this time he plays the alien ambassador Kaatu and his mission is to save the Earth (from humans), or in other words destroy the humans in order to save the planet. The movie became an instant hit despite of its gloomy sporadic catastrophic theme, grossing to more than $233 million in the box office. But I’m not surprised though because aside from the movie was a good Hollywood classic it also starred Keanu Reeves who has a resume for sure sci-fi hits.

I must say that the remake compliments the story of the 1951 classic with a bit of superb special effects if I may say so. Our curiosity about the unknown expands our imaginations and because UFOs or extraterrestrial beings (according to some reports) are inherently non-hostile spaceships/beings and the only reason why they would come here is to study us, grant us knowledge and even guide our moral concepts about war, violence and aggression towards one another and probably towards them as well. With our technology ever advancing, Klaatu, a representative of a multitude of extraterrestrial race, is concerned that humans are not only on the verge of destroying Earth but might accidentally trigger a galactic war if it pursues its goals of militarizing space.

Their response was two-fold: first is for Klaatu to announce to the UN about their intentions in hopes that the world governments will act against weaponizing space and work towards world peace as well as peace with other stellar communities. Second is to activate "GORT" dubbed by the United States Government (Genetically Organized Robotic Technology), which is a 40-foot nano-tech/DNA machine capable of wiping out the human race and every standing structure that are manmade on the planet. Klaatu’s message was an ultimatum; however, the United States responded negatively against it and it almost cost the extinction of the human race as we know it. Thanks to Astro-biologist Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) she on behalf of the human race appealed to Klaatu’s humanity even though he may have existed in the form of energy before he transformed into a human body, still he granted her wish to give humans another chance.

Hopefully our insatiable desire to destroy one another will not have to come to a point where an extraterrestrial intervention is needed to quell it, and I hope they’ll make a sequel to this movie too! LOL

But it seems that it’s just one of those one-hit-wonders that is far better to enjoy watching in DVDs rather than a problematic sequel in the cinemas. You should watch both the 1951 and the 2008 versions of the movie to better appreciate it. Enjoy!

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