To expect much from this film is your first mistake. As menacing and hardcore Gort looked in the trailer, it was inevitable to embrace the idea that the effects would be the only grand thing about the film. The special effects are gracefully majestic and groundbreaking, but the character acting is beyond horrendous. The film stood afloat, that is until Jaden Smith started trying to act. The film hits an all time low. Think of Dakota Fanning's role in War of the Worlds except add a bit of emancipation proclamation and that's the stench of humanity.
I'll be the first to admit that I haven't seen the original "masterpiece". My intentions of seeing it only stretch so far. I love my classics, but time is of the essence. When ever I get a Blu-Ray player, I'll have to check it out, but until then I will save my breath. "Klaatu Barada Nikto" mutters Dr. Bensen moments before Earth's destruction. We know this much. As I eagerly awaited this infamous line, the silence grew heavy with wisps and grinding noises. The cult phrase was nowhere to be found.
For a popcorn film, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) manages on its own. It can be a tedious time in the theaters though. The decision to create an IMAX Experience of this motion picture has its pluses and cons. The film features intense scenes of action, CGI, and spectacular deterioration's, but the film tends to drone on Kathy Bates' character as geriatric and cross-eyed as she is. I have many complaints with this film but Keanu Reeves made me appreciate this film a lot more. I can't really recommend this film but I will acknowledge there's substance for some to enjoy. A surefire technical achievement, but not much else.