The family and I went to the theater tonight to watch a sneak preview of The Day the Earth Stood Still, staring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, and Jayden Smith. First of all, from the get-go, this movie is exactly what we think it is - a special effects film.
The movie opens with a scene that will prove to be important later in the film. It is one of those scenes that are mentioned in a single line of dialogue later. Overall, all of the cast really did a great job. I have always been a fan of Keanu Reeves, and I am hard-pressed to think of anyone else that would have fit better as the alien visitor, Klaatu.
WARNING! Partial Spoiler...
I used the word "spoiler", but there is little chance that you won't figure out what is going to happen on your own. While the plot is completely predictable, there is still enough substance to keep your attention.
The movie has a continuous underlying message of human responsibility. The human race is killing the earth, and the alien visitors arrive to cleanse the earth of a single destructive species, humans. Keanu Reeves (Klaatu) alone has the power to stop the extermination of the human race.
(Can you guess how this one ends...?)
Throughout the duration of the film, we are constantly led through an emotionally-charged cast who pull us into the story. Considering the gravity of the plot, this is the only thing that kept this movie from being a disappointment.
Perhaps the single most impressive thing in this film is Jayden Smith. He pulls off some impressive on-screen emotions that many adult actors have trouble with.
The least impressive thing about this movie is that there is little closure at the end. It seems as if the movie just ends too abruptly. It is not the typical Hollywood ending. However, I couldn't see this film being made any other way. When you consider the nature and personality of the lead characters, this is indeed how it should end.
Overall, the special effects are definitely worth the price of admission. I would recommend seeing this one as a matinee film. Don't get me wrong... I really liked the movie.