One for Keanu lovers only

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 21 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 21 December, 2008, 12:00am

A remake of the 1951 film of the same name, The Day The Earth Stood Still is a great investment for Keanu Reeves fans, but true sci-fi fans are likely to run screaming out of the theatre.

While the update features hi-tec visual effects, it lacks the strong plot and climax of the original. In fact, there is very little to hold the audience's attention throughout.

The story begins as a huge suspected asteroid drops gently down on Manhattan, and a man-shaped alien called Klaatu (Reeves) steps out. As he attempts to make contact with scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly), he is shot by a guard who thinks he wants to hurt Dr Benson.

Believing humans are the reason the Earth is in danger, Klaatu decides to exterminate people in order to protect the planet. It is up to Dr Benson and her step-son Jacob (Jaden Smith) to convince him otherwise.

Despite the star-studded cast (other actors include John Cleese and Kathy Bates), performances are not strong enough to touch the audience - not even the relationship between the beautiful Connelly and Will Smith's adorable son elicits much of a reaction. The lack of real climax makes this film a rather unsatisfactory experience.

The only thing that really makes this film watchable is Reeves in a perfectly-fitting suit. He's possibly the best-looking alien ever to appear on screen.