The Day The Earth Stood Still (Cert 12A) Cinema Review

Keanu Reeves as Kllatu in The Day The Earth Stood Still

Keanu Reeves as Kllatu in The Day The Earth Stood Still

First published in What's On Harrow Times: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainment Reporter

ARE we really worth saving?

That’s the question The Day The Earth Stood Still asks, and for people who have not seen the original movie, there is plenty of food for thought.

A twist on the classic sci-fi tale, it is about an alien invasion that has not come to obliterate the planet but rather to save the Earth from its wasteful human inhabitants.

Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), an alien who has taken human form, is taken into custody and warns scientists and Government officials that they only have themselves to blame.

It has a poignant green message, which is met with hostility rather than a desire to change – think a modern day Noah’s Ark story.

And just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, it seems Reeves has found his perfect film role here.

An alien with no concept of human emotion, Reeves’ wooden acting abilities fit the bill.

Some elements of the film were a bit unconvincing but it is an enjoyable wake-up call for anyone who worries about the planet.

But since that wake up call was first told in 1951, are we really going to listen this time?

7/10 Worth a look


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