Cool Special FX Can't Save The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Friday, December 12, 2008
While there are a few interesting parallels one could make between this story and the biblical account of Abraham lobbying to God on behalf of Sodom (Genesis 18:16-33), there simply isn’t that crucial spiritual center.
And like so many movies of this ilk, Klaatu’s quick change of heart doesn’t have the necessary story development to warrant it. After seeing one tragic situation after the next, he’s suddenly transformed by hearing a little classical music and seeing Jacob’s change of heart about killing him (once he actually realizes that Klaatu isn’t so bad, of course)? I mean, that’s all it took for him to realize that earthlings aren’t so bad? Really?
Such a hokey ending, not to mention the plodding pace and the undercooked story, simply doesn’t do the original film justice. After all, cool special effects don’t often make up for the lack of a great story and character development. Well, unless it’s Die Hard, and even John McClane (Bruce Willis) has more going for him than anyone here.
- Drugs/Alcohol: None.
- Language/Profanity: Aside from a couple of instances where God’s name is exclaimed, there’s just one profanity uttered.
- Sex/Nudity: At one point, Jacob mistakes the relationship between Helen and Klaatu as a physical one, but there’s no sex/nudity beyond that quick cohabitation reference.
- Violence: As expected in a sci-fi flick, there’s a fair amount of violence and scary moments, beginning with the spaceship landing in the middle of Manhattan’s Central Park, sending a slew of pedestrians into a panic for their lives. Later on, people die in a variety of ways whether it’s by hi-tech bugs, a plane crash, explosions, disease and missiles.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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