The Day the Earth Stood Still

Theatrical Release: December 12, 2008
DVD Release: April 7, 2009
The Day the Earth Stood Still


“The Day the Earth Stood Still” is 20th Century Fox’s contemporary reinvention of its 1951 classic. Keanu Reeves portrays Klaatu, an alien whose arrival on our planet triggers a global upheaval. As governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance, a woman (Jennifer Connelly) and her young stepson get caught up in his mission – and come to understand the ramifications of his being a self-described “friend to the Earth.”

Dove Review

This movie tells a grim and dark tale of what a future Armageddon might look like. Keanu Reeves plays Klaatu in a deadpan, detached way which might very well be how an alien would react if he came to our planet. He has come as part of a plan to rid the earth of human life, and to begin again, akin to what happened with Noah and the flood which, by the way, is mentioned in the film. The people of the earth fear more alien invasions and the result is a global panic.

Jennifer Connelly plays Dr. Helen Benson, a scientist who attempts to convince Klaatu that man can change. “Some people, at the precipice, change” he admits, although he is not confident human beings can do so. One thing Klaatu notices is that Helen has had problems with her stepson since his father died, but she is always there for him and the stepson begins to depend on her when he realizes she truly cares for him.

This movie has some moments of violence, which includes a lot of explosions and a little blood, but nothing gratuitous. The language was surprisingly, and nicely, tame and we are happy to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-4; H-1
Violence: A high pitched sound hurts some people's ears; a creature is shot and a small bloody wound is seen; car wrecks; small creatures create a destructive swarm; a thief steals a man's train ticket and when the man grabs it back he has a heart attack; a character dies in a car accident; a police officer is hit by a car but he is revived by the alien and given medicine; an alien causes fighter planes to crash to earth; a wound with stitches is seen; an empty football stadium is crushed; an alien breaks out of quarantine which causes the death of several people.
Drugs: An alien is given a shot.
Nudity: The side view of a human looking alien is seen without clothes but it is not graphic.
Other: The Lord's prayer is uttered during an attack; global panic regarding aliens; food is stolen from a vending machine.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: David Scarpa and Edmund H . North
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 103 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter