I was quite surprised with this film - I found it very exciting to watch and a good remake. Moreover, the environmental message, anti-war sentiments and promotion of love and kindness was just profound. 5 stars.
I liked this movie and I like Keanu Reeves. Some movies you should just watch for what they are. Entertainment.
The plot is not new and has been repeated in many an alien movie, however, that being said, it is still an enjoyable movie. Anyone who enjoys the Sci Fi style should like it.
Reasonable remake of the fifties original.
I probably wouldn't have watched in all the way through if it weren't for Keanu Reeves. Started off well, but somewhere along the way, it completely lost the plot. Definitely not worth watching, unless you like Keanu Reeves of course.....
This movie is not the classic the first one is. How could it be? It is not startling in concept to a modern audience. It didn't have the fabulous theremin soundtrack. It is a bit preachy, but I liked those bits (maybe because the aliens care for the earth made them more ominous). It's pleasantly removed enough from the first movie, but with some scenes being similar (I can't really remember, but I think so). It's also a bit overly sentimental in places, which I'm less sure about. I also had issues with why the child changed his view of Klaatu, but overall I found it entertaining and what more do you want from a movie? Why they need to remake classics instead of rerunning the old ones and why they can't make some of the other fabulous stories out there??? . Ok I know the reasons, but they suck.
No stars! Absolutely none! Not even half a sausage!
The worst film I have seen all year - not even salvagable by the stroke-of-evil-genius casting of Keanu. A movie so bad it makes 'Stealth' look like a masterwork of subtelty.
My rating 3.5 to 4-
Movie makes the point about Earth's limited resources and the good side of human emotion..as well as the suggestion that the US considers itself to be "the world". The story wasn't much, but it did have reasonable acting. Also some different perspectives on "aliens" with the "coating" that can "heal". Worth watching once I think. My husband didn't think so though, as the alien stuff was too unbelievable for him.
I didn't realise this was a remake until I watched the 'extras'... I think this is just another "end of the world" movie. If you like the 'aliens are invading the world' thing, then this movie is for you. I think the only good thing about this movie is the little kid, Jaden Smith. What a cutie :)
Sci-Fi BORING. Really not worth it....I persisted with it but still had to turn it off half way.
Dreadful. For once Keanu's wooden acting didn't seem out of place!
I loved it one of the best movies i have watched
Hmmm this one gets a thumbs down... Holywood movies taking a serious well grounded idea
good sci-fi movie, worth watching.
It was really just an environmental message. Not much of a storyline. Disappointing.
Great intentions as a 'humans are buggering up the world' flick but does not come up with anything new and does not execute any great film making skills. The original film is far superior and achieves much more inspiration for thought in this area.
I can see the importance of the message this movie is trying to give to the viewers, but it the movie itself did not do anything for me. I'm just relieved I didn't get to see it at the movies like I wanted to!
I liked this - it may not be the same as the original but it is a credible effort. Some interesting casting with Kathy Bates and John Cleese and I thought the story held up well. Food for thought in the storyline and it all flows along well.
A good way to kill a few hours. Ah Keanu, finally playing an alien, how appropriate!
Pretty uninspired remake of 50's classic that ,as expected, relies more on special effects than strong narrative. Why bother?
Better to watch the original before this, in order to appreciate it more. The film's message is nicely updated, and the added action and effects don't seem too conspicuous until towards the end. Keanu Reeves gives a very good performance. Special Features include commentary and featurettes.
Not really a fast moving movie, still a good one to watch, good role playing/acting, worth taking a look at.
There is something satisfying about aliens coming to Earth to annihilate a species that is wrecking the planet - human beings - and piling as many non-human species into a super Ark to be reintroduced when the dreaded humans have disappeared. And in this movie, you wish the aliens all the best, and hope they succeed, just to save us from this kind of drivel.
I LOVE sci-fi, but as soon as Kathy Bates opened her mouth to pronounce herself the spokesperson for the President of the U S of A, I burst out laughing. Here she is, confronted with proof that we're not alone in the Universe, and all she can do is bully the poor E.T. into accepting that the U S of A is the supreme power, no matter who you are or where you came from. Of course, the President is hiding somewhere safe, ready to emerge as leader of a new world, should he and his staff survive. That possibility alone makes me want to join the ark out of here
Once I knew this was a remake of a 1951 film, this actually impressed me. In todays day and age of sci-fi and graphics etc I guess it doesn't really cut it. But for a more genuine experience this was good. A good family popcorm movie. I and my family enjoyed it.
I personally found the movie a little slow. Some parts of the movie where very entertaining. Expected some more action towards the end, my home theatre systems needs a beating. This movie didn?t stick up to it.
I like Keanu Reeves, and I liked the fact that they came and saved all the animals and insects, because they didn't have anything to do with the demise of the Earth. Kind of makes you wonder what will happen in 2012!!
I enjoyed the storyline and the old saying goes 'If I just save one person/animal/species etc... then it was worth it"
One of the most blatant green propaganda in a Hollywood movie. Two stars is already generous of me.
Good performance by Kenau Reeves; But one of the most pathetic story lines ever; and most uninteresting. True sci fi fans are better off watching the original; which by the way has absolutely no similarity to this one.
Just scrapes in for a "Maybe", but you honestly wouldn't miss anything by not seeing this poor attempt at sci-fi. I haven't seen the original so I can't compare it, but this was just lacking in so many areas. 1 and a half stars.
good show, very entertaining.
Certainly not what I expected. I found out afterwards that it was a remake but that still didn't make the poor acting worthwhile. If you liked the original, then check this out, otherwise it may dissapoint you.
This movie is so very very bad. Everything that is wrong with American movie making. They take a solid idea and turn it into this contrived rubbish.
This movie is truly cringe worthy!
It's worth a look, but not a patch on the original. There's an insufferably annoying kid and Keanu Reeves is definitely not in the same class as Michael Rennie. If I wasn't familiar with the story, I'd have been lost as to the purpose of the movie and as it is I'm still no wiser as to its outcome.
What a mix-up of a movie. It had the distinct impression of "too many cooks", and after watching the extras on the DVD, I began to understand the plight of the poor writer coping with Hollywood stardom and the wish to make the film more "violent". The original intent of Klaatu was not a punishing, destructive force, he was benevolent, a victim of human suspicion of the unknown and panic. This version could have been very successful, good director, good cast, but someone needed to take control, step back from the movie and actually see what they were turning out. They managed to make a really good remake of War of the Worlds, this had the possibility of the same result, such a pity it was a real mish-mash.
If you go into this expecting the artful direction of the original then you will be disappointed. Had to remind myself this is a different movie and modern premise, good effects and enough tension, just tried too hard and it shows. Also went too Hollywood for an ending that won't upset audiences. Don't tell a story if you think the crowd can't take it!
No where near as good as the original this version explained litle and left no promise for a future. Main character was wooden and lacked the personality quirks of the original. In all a disapoint ment it could have been so much better.
There is a good story to be told here, unfortunately this version fails. Only occasionally does a remake work and this one certainly doesn't. Whilst starting with some promise the film then goes the way of the modern SF film relying on special effects to chill the audience - they don't. The beauty of the original is that tension is suggested through the acting and the script. Little or no technology is shown, and that's how it has its menacing effect. We fear that which we can't see and understand. Once you've seen the "autobots" - well, they're a repeat of so many others we've seen. There is no need for Gort to be so big and do so much, his effect should rely on him doing so little, but so powerfully. The film never resolves what happens to him. The original has stood the test of time well, its philosophy and storyline is infinitely better and more tastefully presented. I recommend it.
I loved it. Especially if you like sci fi. Cool special effects.
An ok movie to switch off your brain and enjoy for what it is but it did seem a little rushed at the end. Like they ran out of money or time and suddenly realised that they were not finished and came up with something to end the movie quickly.
Very Good movie, haven't seen the orginal, but this has made me want to see it. For a remake this was quite good, compared to some of the others out there. There were some good performances by some of the cast including Jaden Smith and Jennifer Connelly. Keanu Reeves was passable as the alien.
I did enjoy this one although the original movie was better. There was an interesting twist in this one.
Wooden but appropriate performance by Keanu - finally a role where his acting is appropriately wooden!! Feel the original movie was better, new one got too clever....
On par with The Happening, which had a similar message.
Good sci-fi that was entertaining. The actors did their jobs and the sfx worked.
Not a 5 star movie, though.
If you like sci-fi films, you will enjoy this. One of the better remakes of a classic film.
This movie left me wondering why I was missing nearly 2 hours of my life. The climax was at the beginning when he first landed, and then it just went downward from there. Jennifer Connelly is a great actress, but she should pick better movies. At least the kid was cute.
This movie was such a disappointment, full of typical american crap, heaps of shoot first ask later,a greenies movie really about how humans are destroying earth. Don't bother
It looks good, and it's entertaining, but my earth did not stand still! The "humans can't save themselves from themselves" themes were so blatant it was bordering on sanctimonious. However, it passed a couple of hours.
Jaden Smith (Will and Jada's son) turns in a very good performance playing Connelly's orphaned stepson (both his parents are dead, his mother dying when he was younger, and his father dying after marrying Conelly's character).
I have to wonder what Kathy Bates was doing in this film, because the role she plays is not great. Maybe they waved a wad of cash in front of her. There have been better roles in other movies for the power-house female government honcho.
I wonder if Hollywood thinks we are a bunch of idiots or perhaps are Hollywood producers unable to fill our intelligence? anyway Hollywood did it again...BAD BAD BAD. HOw stupid the dialogues and the acting were. Academy awards for the worst acting Kathy Bates...Academy Award for the best miscasting John Cleese. Ok let's go with as a background, a subplot of global warning(of course), Keanu Reeves is an alien (how stupid it sounds yeah?) coming on earth to meet an old chinese man (Can you believe it?) This movie STINKS from the beginning to the end. If you think
Independence day and The day after tomorrow were pieces of...well they will look like masterpieces after you've watched "Day the earth..." Shame on the writer. on the director and actors. This big idiocy is not worth 2 hours of your life.
Saw this on the big screen. Can't wait to receive my copy from Quickflix to watch it again.
I have to say an interesting take on the whole alien thing. Worth watching.
this movie started off really well, but then started to completely die in the arse. watch the original, it may be a bit dated, but still leaves this one for dead.
I can't understand why the reviews are so bad.This has got to be one of the best films of all times.Maybe this film is for those who can see the message it has for us all.Or maybe it is like Dune which the critics panned when it was first realeased.Now it as a huge cult following.
3 stars for Keanu Reeves Mandarin Dialogue.