The Day the Earth Stood Still
is pretty good as science fiction thrillers go, but sadly, there isn't much more to say about it. A remake of the 1951 classic, this film tries to increase the freaky factor with modern-day special effects and update the original movie's message about nuclear war with a vague moral about humankind's general mismanagement of the planet. This actually sounds like a fairly solid premise, but it doesn't always work -- even if you don't think about the massive shoes it's trying to fill.
The story begins with Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly), a young widow who was left to care for her eight-year-old stepson, Jacob, when her hu...