| The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) |
A forgettable remake of a timeless classic, this film lacked heart and soul. Yes, there were lots of military vehicles, most of which exploded at some point. It was a very loud film, with great special effects and bright flashes on the screen. Unlike Independence Day, there was no sense of humor. It was all very, very serious and there was no spark to it. I did not connect with any of the characters.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) was a much better film, because the characters worked. They were people you could identify with and that you cared about. In the 1951 version, the big issue was nuclear war. Today it is global warming. While I care about the environment, I am tired of the global warming hoopla. Besides, the environment theme was not developed. It was shoe-horned into the plot of the 1951 version with no real tie-in to other parts of the story.
The film is somewhat sexist, declaring that the woman and young boy represent "the good side of humanity". By default the bad side of humanity is represented by men. On the other hand there were no groin kicks or men killing and eating women, so it was a fair gender portrayal at least by Hollywood standards.
This movie proved that special effects alone cannot make up for poor character development. It is a harmless flick, but nothing special.
- Reviewed by Paul G.
Rated: PG13 in USA, 12A in UK due to action violence.
Duration: 1 hour and 43 minutes