'Day the Earth Stood Still' Remake Tops Weekend Box Office
'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' a contemporary reinvention of 20th Century Fox's 1951 sci-fi classic, took the No. 1 spot at the box office this weekend.
The movie, also starring Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, John Cleese, James Hong, Jaden Smith and Kathy Bates, made $31 million over the weekend, studio estimates showed on Sunday.
Perhaps the most misguided remake since the laughable overhaul of ALL THE KING'S MEN a couple of years ago, the new EARTH has precious little in common with either the subtle 1951 science-fiction classic, or the short story that inspired the original film (Harry Bates' "Farewell to the Master").
This version has simultaneously pumped up the violence and destruction -- and the body count -- while dumbing down the thought-provoking themes that made the 1951 version haunting and resonant.
Director Scott Derrickson is more concerned with orchestrating a series of meant-to-be-mesmerizing special-effect sequences. His EARTH is full of digital trickery that no one could have even imagined 57 years ago; unfortunately, the rest of the film is proof that the art of screenwriting has, if anything, devolved throughout the decades.
[T]he transformation of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL from a great piece of science-fiction into a borderline-incomprehensible, brain-dead action flick is nothing to celebrate.