BaalChatzaf Posted December 12, 2008 Share Posted December 12, 2008 (edited) The Day the Earth Stood Still (the remake) is an environmentalist screed whose major premis is that the human race is a pox and a plague upon the the planet and the only way to save the earth is to eliminate humankind.I detest the premis, but this does not logically preclude that the motion picture could be well made. It turns out it is NOT well made. Yes the Special Effects are much more impressive than the original made in 1951, but the story is developed full of holes and inconsistencies. The message of the original TDTESS with Michael Rennie and Patrician Neal is that the human race should not go into space with its guns blazing. The people of the Other Planets simply will not have that. If the human race is to become a space faring race it must learn the rules of self constraint and good behavior. That makes sense. The remake is a Gaia loving screed. Kathy Bates who plays the secratary of defense says "This is our planet". Klaatu says "No it isn't". Our planet is not ours exclusively. The picture descends into cliche. It goes like this: The humans are pretty awaful but they have another side that is not so bad" yada yada ... You can figure it out from there. In the original, Klaatu reveals that his people were like us, folks who resorted to war and force. But they solved the problem by building a race of Gorts to keep the piece. Gort was a roman a clef for objective, uncorruptable government. It could not be bribe, gamed or diverted from its programmed task of punishing the initiation of force. Well, I saw the remake and I will not be seeing it again.Ba'al Chatzaf Edited December 13, 2008 by BaalChatzaf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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