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The Day The Earth Stood Still Reviews

The Crotchety Old Fan, who’s been vocal about his opposition to a remake of the classic in much the same way that Muntadhar al-Zeidi was vocal about his opposition to President Bush, bit the bullet and watched the remake. I believe it’s safe say that he was not impressed.

The couple of examples above do not go nearly far enough to detail how abolutely terrible the script itself was. Forget comparisons to the original: on its own, the script is so fraught with unexplained moments, dialogue out of left field, unjustified leaps of faith and just plain bad writing that it would have gotten no more than a ‘D’ in my film writing class (and the guy who taught it was responsible for Grizzly…)

The script was awful.

Here’s the link to the full review.

He definitely isn’t alone in his scorn. The movie rates a 21% on the Tomatometer, and even the positive reviews say things like, “[It] is passable, [but] it is not great science fiction,” or comment that Keanu Reeves’ lack of facial expression makes him a believable alien. ScreenRant gives it 1.5 out of 5, where even the X-Files remake got a 3 out of 5.

Offhand I’d say it’d be better to stay home, rent the original on DVD, and save 20 bucks.

Posted in Movies & TV December 17th, 2008 by Chip
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