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Opening Arguments

Be still, my beaten Earth


Remember that "Twilight Zone" episode in which nobody realizes until too late that "To Serve Man" is a cookbook? Well, when Keanu Reeves says he is "a friend of the Earth" in the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still," that doesn't mean what people think it does, either, and it shows just one of the two ways the re-makers have screwed up a classic movie.

One way is changing the perfectly good theme of 1950s Cold War xenophobic paranoia into a Save The Earth Global Warming Screed. Reeves actually says at one point in the film (paraphrasing), "If the Earth dies, you die; if you die, the Earth Lives. Survival of the planet is more important than one species." Really? A superior being from another planet really cares if we beat up our planet? The original was much more believable -- "We didn't care how you fought among yourselves as long as you were confined here, but once you have the capability of leaving the planet, you are a threat to us all."

The second way was casting Keanu Reeves as a superior being.


Bob G.
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 3:41pm

The ioriginal movie was WAY better in both concept AND execution...had the right amount of paranoia and suspense.
Reevs in the Matrix - OK
Reeves in this remake - Nope.

The roginal movie also has MY favorite quote:
KLAATU: "I grow impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it".

Now THERE is a message for the masses.
(and those airport karaoke "singers")


tim zank
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 6:05pm

Anyone with a name like Keanu is neither worthy of my admiration nor the price of admission.

Larry Morris
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 8:19pm

What a way to screw up a classic, ...