The Day the Earth Stood Still

Rated G 92 minutes 1951

Earthlings are still just as ignorant and violent as they were in 1951, so when soft-spoken space invader Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) and his indestructible giant robot revisit our sphere in this borderline intelligent remake, they’ve got pretty much the same job to do: find a reason not to destroy it. That’s where motherly scientist Jennifer Connelly and her adopted son Jaden Smith (son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett) come in. The plague-of-metallic-locusts effect and various barrages may be worth a look-see from sci-fans; others might enjoy John Cleese as a sympathetic physicist. If the procedural plot points don’t exactly add up, don’t worry — it’s not the end of the world. Directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by David Scarpa, adapted from Edmund H. North’s original screenplay (103 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Robert Wise

Writer: Harry Bates and Edmund North

Producer: Julian Blaustein

Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin, Drew Pearson, Frank Conroy, Carleton Young, Fay Roope, Edith Evanson, Robert Osterloh, Tyler McVey, John Brown, Glenn Hardy, House Peters Jr. and H.V. Kaltenborn

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