One favorite movie genre of many is that of alien invasion. We lowly people on Earth must overcome our petty differences to deal with a force much stronger than us. Many times the invading alien armies are a metaphor for our collective fears, such as nuclear Holocaust or environmental disaster. The remake of “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” is no different. It packs a powerful entertainment punch, and provides an important message as well.
It’s suitably identified that a lot of of the science fiction, alien incursion type cinema in the fifties and sixties were descriptions for the ever rising and overhanging risk of pure annihilation due to nuclear war. The initial picture addressed this openly, as the invading aliens came to give Earthlings a word of warning to either end fighting or face the anger of the aliens. Genuine to the original, the aliens came as council of a planetary union of sorts. But the Earthlings were in danger of not being integrated owing to their atrocious habits. In the original movie, the terrible habits were conflict and nuclear stockpiling. In the remake, the atrocious habits are biological exploitation of our own world.
Our parable starts out with more than a few scientists being rounded up by some armed forces or administration personnel, we’re not sure which. They aren’t told the right purpose, only that there is an approaching tribulation, and the administration officials aren’t sure what to make of it. The scientists are staggered to find out that there is some thing hurtling towards Earth, and if it isn’t blocked, it will effortlessly obliterate everything.
They all brace for bang, and of course nothing happens. The article turns out to be a enormous space craft. And as the spokesperson exits the space craft, (and is invariably shot by some trigger happy soldier) we meet the notorious Gort. The giant robot who is the emissary’s guardian. They take the representative to a government hospital, where he is to be interrogated.
They get a few answers out of him, but he isn’t here to resolve questions. He is here on a truth finding assignment. Is the Earth worth saving, or not? This is his mission, and centered on how he is treated when he initially arrives, his intuitive answer is that the Earth should be given a fresh start. And by giving the Earth a fresh start, he means to destroy all the people, and let the Earth gradually repopulate itself. Not good news for the current Earthlings, to be sure.
But a strange thing happens to this apparently wholly logical creature from outer space from who knows where. The a range of people that he meets on his run from the authorities convinces him that Earth folks are pretty honest, on an individual level. He concludes that because individuals are good, we merit a second chance. But regrettably, events have been set into motion which he may be powerless to stop. He tries for a arrangement, one that may be inopportune, to say the least, but is much better than sheer destruction. This remake stays fairly true to the original, yet introduces a few new elements. All in all, it’s worth seeing, but not worthy of a spot in your own personal library. This one is undeniably a rental.