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originally posted by: SallieSunshine
I'm a fan of the original movie but despite being a Keanu Reeves fan I thought the remake was terrible. The script was awkward and preachy.
a reply to: searcherfortruth
originally posted by: searcherfortruth
The original version is my favorite, but I have watched the remake, too. The story is basically the same, but the remake is a little to " special effected" for my taste. Don't get me wrong, I like special effects just not in this instance. The original version is just more direct and to the point.
For those of you that are not familiar, I will give a brief synopsis of " The Day the Earth Stood Still".
There is a starship that lands in the DC area. From the very beginning we are quite clear that there is a visitor and a companion, a spaceman and his over sized robot, Klaatu and Gort. Now the spaceman begins to walk toward a Military welcome in a very non-threatening manner and reaches for something that is supposed to be a gift and gets shot in the process.
This greeting was unexpected and the robot proceeds to dismantle all weapons with his laser eyes and when the spaceman gets to his feet he instructs the robot to basically stand down. That robot was ready to go ballistic to protect his boss. The rest of the movie is about Klaatu's quest and reason for his visit.
The more advanced civilizations in the galactic neighborhood are very disappointed in the way Earthlings are behaving, interestingly, the spaceman could really care less about how they are treating each other, he is more concerned with the preservation of Earth itself and the possible ramifications of Earthlings infecting other nearby space communities.
He is here to talk to the world leaders and is met with a heavy handed stance that due to the nature of the distrust between said nations that it would be impossible to get them to agree to meet on another enemy land. He decides to enlist the help of a professor in order to facilitate at least a meeting of the greatest minds in the world. In order for that to happen the spaceman has to give the professor a method of proof for the entire world to see, hence the title.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
If you have never seen it take a little time and get a bag of popcorn or 2 and enjoy!
There is the remake if you prefer!
I do have an opinion about the nature of human kind with regard to this particular subject, but I will reserve that for another day!