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Review: Keanu Reeves in The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Mark Kermode | 10:47 UK time, Friday, 12 December 2008

In this special effects splattered remake of the 1951 classic, Keanu takes his acting cues from the movie's title.

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  • Comment number 1.

    "Michael Rennie plays an alien with a human body, while I play an alien in a human body" brilliant quote. The worst thing about christmas is the rubbish films. Roll on January and the oscar hopefuls.

  • Comment number 2.

    Gabriel Byrne would have been my choice. I've definitely seen him show a range of emotions in his movies! He has a good strong presence and would look good as the alien Klaatu.

    Also hate most CGI (lloks too smooth and unreal) - where have all the mechanical and other visual effects gone? God Bless Bladerunner, Alien, and Jaws lol!

  • Comment number 3.

    Is it just me, or are the last 3 posts playing really dark? i dont mean that in an emotional sense, i just cant see the detail in the lowlight and it all looks a bit gray

  • Comment number 4.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 5.

    SO glad I waited for the review, especially as my heavily pregnant wife may have got a bit annoyed about me abandoning her to watch such dross!

  • Comment number 6.

    At least Roger Harrabin will have something to take his son to watch this Christmas. (In fact, re-reading that Harrabin article makes me think he may have been a script adviser for this world-polluting rubbish.)

  • Comment number 7.

    Btw Mark, assuming you read this, did you know the tags on the Podcast says "Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews"

    Eh, since when did Simon review them movies? Shouldn't he earn the credit? ;)

  • Comment number 8.

    that is genius

  • Comment number 9.

    I hated the remake! I rate Jennifer Connelly quite highly as an actress, and John Cleese did an adequate job as an eccentric english professor genius whom the female lead character just happens to know. But Keanu Reeves was terrible, trying to channel Spock, via a pretentious discarnate 'I'm a flattoned 'boring intellectual' alien' performance.
    Reeves has only been good in one role i can think of in my opinion, that being Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. He portrayed the role as rigidly as usual, but his performance is actually appropriate in the context of the movie and Oldman's portrayal of Dracula. Plus his english accent isn't that bad surprisingly - and certainly not as annoying as David Wenham's strange nasal 'classic' (epic-ode) english accent in Snyder's 300!


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