The Day the Earth Stood Still

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A remake of the 1951 classic sci-fi film about an alien visitor and his giant robot counterpart who visit Earth.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 5.5/10 (74,432 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Scott Derrickson

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates

Dr. Helen Benson is summoned to a military facility with several other scientists when an alien spacecraft of sorts arrives in New York City. Aboard is a human-like alien and a giant robot of immense size and power. The alien identifies himself as Klaatu and says he has come to save the Earth. The US military and political authorities see him as a threat however and decide to use so-called intensive interrogation techniques on him but Dr. Benson decides to facilitate his escape. When she learns exactly what he means when he says he is there to save the Earth, she tries to convince him to change his intentions.

Writers: David Scarpa, Edmund H. North


Keanu Reeves


Jennifer Connelly

Helen Benson

Kathy Bates

Regina Jackson

Jaden Smith

Jacob Benson

John Cleese

Professor Barnhardt

Jon Hamm

Michael Granier

Kyle Chandler

John Driscoll

Robert Knepper


James Hong

Mr. Wu

John Rothman

Dr. Myron

Sunita Prasad


Juan Riedinger

William Kwan

Sam Gilroy


Tanya Champoux


Rukiya Bernard


12.12.08 is the Day the Earth Stood Still


Official Website:
20th Century Fox [France] |
20th Century Fox [United States] |

Release Date: 12 December 2008

Filming Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $80,000,000


Opening Weekend: $31,000,000
(12 December 2008)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $230,831,978
(29 March 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Helen drives a Honda Hybrid, an appropriate vehicle for a heroine in a movie with an environmental message.


In the beginning of the movie, when Helen Benson walks into the room of her son, in the background on a shelf you can see an action figure resembling a karate fighter due to its white outfit. However, when Helen leaves the room again, the figure is gone. It is replaced by an entirely different action figure.


Helen Benson:
[whispering to Klaatu]

User Review

Very disappointing

Rating: 4/10

Why do these movies feel they need to include a bratty, spoiled,
overbearing kid?? The ridiculous performance of Jaden Smith added
annoyance to the empty script.

The movie starts off well enough, and then tries miserably to develop
the characters and make us care for them. The Bates role is absurd;
Cleese's role has virtually nothing to say this amazing encounter. The
military point of view is typical; as if there's only one area where
the military is useful (I would expect nothing less from "Hollywood").

There were some very interesting ideas (the sphere-like ship, the
nanobots, the Gort acronym) and the effects were top notch, however
Gort (the one thing the movie had going for it) was on screen for less
then 10 minutes.

Keanu was perfectly cast and Connelly does a good job with what's given
to her. All in all, another flop of a remake. This actually makes the
War of the Worlds remake shine.

I saw this movie in IMAX – if you're going to see it, find an IMAX
theater. Lastly, am I the only sick of seeing the same old New York
back drop? I love New York City, but come on! Be original!