The Day The Earth Stood Still
Aside from notable exceptions, science-fiction movies tend to
not live up to expectations. The
reason? Creating a believable world of
the future or a scenario that doesn't fail the logic test is quite a difficult
trick. Unfortunately, The Day the Earth Stood Still doesn't
make the grade.
That's too bad, really. It's always a treat to see Keanu back in the science-fiction game and what looks to be expensive special f/x destroying New York (er....I mean, the world).
Instead, The Day the Earth Stood Still offers a long, drawn out message in the form of a shoddy disaster flick. Really, the slow pacing, lack of dramatic tension and unending intercutting among various locations and groups of actors made this movie seem like it would have been more at home on the Sci-Fi network as a mini-series 'event' rather than as a theatrical release.
While my expectations weren't necessarily high going in, I still found the experience to be disappointing. For one thing, there were huge logic gaps right from the beginning. Like, why would a group of highly educated, top-of-their-field set of people fall in line like sheep and be whisked away for some super secret, military operation at a moment's notice without any explanation? How are all of these people in the Manhattan area? Surely top minds live in other parts of the country, let alone the world? And these questions occur in the first five minutes. There are more, but I'll stop.
For another thing, and more importantly, The Day the Earth Stood Still fails to deliver on a crucial promise
it makes in its previews.
Destruction! Honestly, if you're
going to show an 18-wheeler and a stadium being blown off the map in the preview,
there better be more stuff disintegrating in the actual movie. Not
so. That's seriously disappointing.
Flick Chick Says:
Catch it Sometime on Cable,
maybe on Sci-Fi.