The Day the Earth Stood Still

DVD - 2009
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind a visitor's appearance. Dr. Helen Benson is a renowned scientist who finds herself face-to-face with an alien called Klaatu. Klaatu has traveled across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis. She quickly discovers the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is a 'friend to the Earth.' Now, she and her yourng stepson must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy humans that mankind is worth saving, but it may be too late.


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Feb 17, 2015
  • plotline rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


"There must be security for all or no one is secure."- Klaatu, to the world's leaders at the conclusion of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

Here is the ne plus ultra for sci-fi movies. It does not pander to the child in us like E.T. It does not befuddle with dazzling images like 2001. Though it does present a threat from outer space, it does not take the form of a drooling, acid-for-blood whatsis with razor fangs and a hunger for human flesh. Instead, it proposes that there are indeed humanoid lifeforms in existence off the Earth with, dare I write it, powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men (though Klaatu can't fly and is in no way bulletproof).

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is intelligent, engrossing and damn scary. Director Robert Wise (yup, he directed WEST SIDE STORY, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and, unfortunately, the first STAR TREK movie), with the invaluable aid of Edmund H. North's fine script, utilizes a spare, noirish style to deliver a powerful statement about man's capacity for self-destruction. Only 92 minutes long, the film says volumes without sermonizing about a serious topic. And it does so most entertainingly. It makes the fantastic seem not only plausible but very likely.

Bernard Herrmann creates a persistent mood of uneasiness with the vibrating eeriness of his Therimin-driven music. Michael Rennie's urbane spaceman radiates a barely contained bemusement and contempt for the violence prone humans he faces. In this early role, Patricia Neal displays how gifted she was at conveying subtle emotional shifts. Through the eyes of Billy Gray we see wonder, puzzlement and terror as only a child can experience them but without condescension.

Lastly, in all the annals of sci-fi moviedom few can match the unstoppable power of Gort. Klaatu barada nikto..... (And please don't waste your time with the utter failure that is the 2008 Keanu Reeves remake; just revel in the enduring excellence of the original).

Feb 17, 2015
  • Bix_Brannigan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Favorite Movie Quote: "You don't seem to know much about anything, do you, Mr. Carpenter?"

"Klaatu barada nikto!".... When it comes to the Sci-Fi sub-genre of "Alien Visitation" flicks, I honestly don't think that they get much more intelligent & thought-provoking as this sparkling gem from 1951.

If there are other such "Alien Visitation" flicks out there (other than E.T.) that do promote this satisfying level of genuine intelligence in their stories, then I would sure like to hear about them. (Please feel free to message me with their titles)

Impressively directed by Robert Wise, The Day The Earth Stood Still actually did manage to deliver quite a seamless and evocative blend of the ordinary melded very nicely with the fantastic.

This is the sort of motion picture that really gives the viewer the pleasant opportunity of actually getting to know (and, maybe, even like) its characters. It's true.

Trust me - In spite of its flaws, The Day The Earth Stood Still is, without question, a classic Sci-Fi/Thriller that's really worth its weight in gold.

Mar 03, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The story of this 1951 film, shot in B&W and with fairly poor special effect (by today's standard), is fairly original and carried a message for mankind. In some way it topped the more recent version starring Keanu Reeves. An intelligent watch for all sci-fi fans.

Feb 11, 2014

Retitled - "The Day The Earth Got Stupid And Went to McDonalds"_____ Put bluntly, to compare this dreadful remake to the glowing, 1951 original would be like comparing a bucket of steaming vomit to, say, a garden of delicate violets, or something to that general effect._____ Do you suppose that the filmmakers of this stinkin' excuse for a remake were so bloody conceited as to believe that they were actually improving on the original?_____ Like, how many new levels of sheer stupidity can one movie stoop to before it falls flat on its face?_____ It totally killed me that this hypocritical, little flick actually preached that well-worn cliche which warns us all that "Violence is not the answer to our problems" - And, yet, all that this film was about was excessive violence (for it own sake?)._____ And, how fitting it was that an all-important meeting (of profound significance) which took place between Klaatu and a fellow alien-being was done over cokes in a crappy, old McDonalds._____ Doesn't actor Keanu Reeves know any other facial expressions besides that of a blank stare?_____ And actor Jaden Smith (Will Smith's no-talent son) was a despicable, snot-nosed suck who made my skin just crawl. -

Nov 27, 2013
  • littlehector rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What I love about the 1951 original is what the director (Robert Wise) DIDN'T do. He did not attempt any special effects that were beyond the cinematic capabilities of the day. In their place, he used alternate ways to communicate. For example, to let you know that the ultra-fast object approaching the Earth is worrisome, you're shown frightened people pointing at the sky and concerned-looking newsreaders from around the world. It's extremely low-tech, but gets the message across. As a result, TDTESS holds up very well today, not only as a great sci-fi film but also as a subtle commentary on early Cold War paranoia.

Aug 18, 2013
  • TheMadTabby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The original classic. You have to look at it for the time that it was made. Cheap horror and sci-fi were all the rage and fear of Nuclear Bombs and Alien invaders (AKA commies) was on everybodies mind. Also, they just didn't have the 1/4 Billion CGI budgets that they do today. On the other hand, the actors had to actually act since they couldn't be covered up with CGI.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Mimsey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This should be dated 1951, not 2002. This is the original, classic science fiction film directed by Robert Wise.

Oct 27, 2012

special effects made it more interesting. The only negative was Will Smith's kid. Why is he acting. He's terrible and always has that stupid smirk on his face like he's doing eveyone a favor by being in the film. Wish I could delete him on the dvd.

May 11, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Day the earth stood still (Motion picture : 1951) A++ this one only gets a C+____its a so so dvd
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Apr 30, 2012
  • badwolf18 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

it was OK, 2nd on my the worst sci-fi movie i've seen. It was probly was a great movies a long time ago, but now it is not that good. If you like old 1950 sci-fi movies this is for you, if you like sci-fi movies with action and great effect this is not the movies for you.

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May 15, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

May 15, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

Nov 29, 2011
  • Sunnchilde rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Are you aware of an imminent attack on the planet Earth?" "You should let me go."


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