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The Day the Earth Stood Still

In this contemporary reinvention of the 1951 science fiction classic, renowned scientist Dr. Helen Benson finds herself face to face with an alien called Klaatu, 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 quickly discover the deadly ramifications of Klaatu's claim that he is "a friend to the Earth." Now Helen… Show more

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Dec. 12, 2008 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

"Gort, Klaatu barada nikto."
That dialogue, from 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still," has served generations of movie fans as a secret handshake, an in-joke nod to one of the greatest of '50s alien-invasion movies. In the new remake of the same title, Keanu Reeves delivers the line - I think - buried under pounds of goopy exo-skeleton and with his voice digitally altered. Something has been lost in the translation, and it's not just the script.

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