Friday, December 5, 2008
Directed by Scott Derickson the film stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and Jaden Smith.
The film, a contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, is a presentation of the makers of Ice Age, Fantastic Four and The Day After Tomorrow.
Mankind has long been fascinated by the possibility of life beyond Earth. Science fiction literature and films have served to not only entertain, but to address our questions, hopes and fears about extraterrestrial life. Such speculation has captivated our collective imagination and inspired the development of new technology to explore the farthest reaches of our universe and the very real possibility that we are not alone.
Renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), who travels across the universe to warn of an impending global crisis.
When forces beyond Helen's control treat the extraterrestrial as a hostile and deny his request to address the world's leaders, she and her estranged stepson Jacob (Jaden Smith) quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth."
Now Helen must find a way to convince the entity who was sent to destroy us that mankind is worth saving - but it may be too late.
The process has begun…
"This film is a cautionary tale about human survival on the precipice and our relationship to the planet," says Keanu Reeves, discussing the riveting new movie. "It's about the human character, human nature, the fact that it is only when our backs are up against the wall that we do anything to change our behavior."
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."
The original film, directed by Robert Wise dealt with the Cold War and the nuclear threat. Becoming a sci fi classic, it was a movie of its time. Compelling, it also delivered a pertinent message about the lack of international cooperation and the subsequent dangers.
"I'm a tremendous fan of the original film," says Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) "It was so interesting and original and progressive for its time - in the visual effects, in the way it commented on the Cold War tensions of that era, in the idea of seeing humanity from an outsider's perspective. It's a truly great film, but most modern audiences haven't seen it. I feel like people deserve to know this story, and this was a fantastic opportunity to retell it in a way that addresses the issues and conflicts that are affecting us now."
Promising some extraordinary visual effects along with a deeply impacting message for humans, The Day The Earth Stood Still is all set for a World-Wide Release on Dec 12.
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