The Day the Earth Stood Still (DVD)
This remake - or 're-imagining' as the movie-makers put it - of the 1951 film of the same name, The Day the Earth Stood Still is likely to disappoint even die-hard sci-fi buffs - not to mention fans of a weary, dead-pan Keanu Reeves. Featuring hi-tech visual effects, Day has a loosely 're-imagined' plot and lacks the cohesion of the original. The film will likely lose many viewers before it reaches its disappointing climax.
With an asteroid due to crash into Manhattan, the government assembles a team of scientists that includes astrobiologist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly). But the asteroid makes a soft landing in Central Park and a nattily dressed - if somewhat fatigued - Klaatu (Reeves) emerges. His unenviable job is to break it to a hysterical human species that they have to be exterminated in order to save 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), the 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 film is an unsatisfactory experience. The only thing that really makes it watchable is a perfectly attired Reeves. He's possibly the best-looking alien ever to appear on screen.