I didn't bother going to watch the Keanu Reeves vs Jennifer Connelly alien- invasion- as- social- commentary joint The Day the Earth Stood Still when it came out in theaters, but I figured it would be good enough to watch on television.
I figured that unless they had some game-changing special effects, there just wasn't going to be enough going on in this sci-fi remake to get me to put down cash.
it was the right call. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here complaining about the acting. I actually enjoyed watching Keanu's detached alien messenger of doom squaring off with the pleading micro-biologist played by Connelly. Jaden Smith's character was pretty awful, but I'm not a big fan of whining kids in movies, especially when their only purpose in the story is to eff things up for the protagonist. all in all, the acting was good enough The special effects were fine also, capturing some of the cheesiness of old-school sci-fi while leaning on typical CGI disaster movie effects.
Unfortunately, I just found the story kind of illogical. This film works really hard to paint human nature in really broad strokes, but also (unintentionally) shows the supposedly super-advanced aliens making mistakes that make them seem like they're not all that smart either (if you want to send a messenger to talk to the UN, why land in Central Park?).
Having said that, I enjoyed this movie. I watched it for the second time on satellite today, and while the holes in the plot get bigger with each viewing (for the record, everyone in the government and military in this movie is a grade-A dumbass), so does my enjoyment of the powerful-yet-vulnerable alien played by Reeves. maybe i have a problem with authority, but I get a kick out of watching him use his electromagnetic powers to escape from capture and leave the countryside littered with the limp bodies of feds, soldiers and cops. anyways, if all that doesn't make it clear enough, here's my recommendation: watch this movie if it's on television, or rent it or download it ONLY if you can avoid watching it very closely... it can't stand up to close inspection. it's great for netflix or cable if you like, but don't pay for it.
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