Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

4.5 / 5 Dec '09
Tagline:  A robot and a man . . . hold the world spellbound with new and startling powers from another planet!
Directed by: Robert Wise
Written by: Edmund H. North, Harry Bates
Actors include: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Length: 92 minutes
Banned: Nope

Although certainly heavy handed and riddled with morality it's still a fascinating science fiction classic. I think what makes it so special (and frightening) is that it feels like this is the way it would play out in reality unfortunately. Right off the hop we are informed of a UFO flying overhead which quickly lands on earth. Everyone gathers to see the alien (who likes just like a Man) and a Robot who come out of the spacecraft. The Man proclaims he brings peace but of course our lousy people shoot at him and he starts to get a more realistic portrayal of what is wrong with earth. See the Man is able to infiltrate society and befriends a nice Mother and young Boy who help him on his quest. He wishes for our Nations to unite for the news they have brought us, but when they learn of our reluctance to join hands the mood is changed. The Robot looks particularly cool as does the spacecraft although rather simply designed they are very effective. The characters are compelling and it's a very easy film to watch to say the least. I do think there are better early science fiction films but this one should appeal to a wider audience as it really does make a great point. Definitely worth your time no matter what kind of films you like!

Availability:  On DVD and Blu-Ray

1 comment:

  1. I've always liked this film. I recently saw the remake. It is okay, but I much prefer the original.