THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL:MESSAGE WITHIN A MESSAGE 12/17/08
As when I watched both Contact starring Jodie Foster and Signs featuring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, it was evident about the religious undertones that strengthened these movies as well as aided in promoting a subtle message about personal spirtuality and beliefs.
The same can be said about The Day The Earth Stood Still. It seems though many movie goers missed this important factor , rather they were seeking for another Independence Day type UFO movie. This was not the case in The Day The Earth Stood Still, lets begin by analysizing this film. The arrival of the "Sphere" or orb also was the arrival of Klaatu (Keanu Reeves), which in this case could be compared to the arrival of the Son of God from the Heavens, injured by Judas Klaatu was shot brought to a facility examined and imprisioned. With the assistance of Dr Ruth Benson (Jennifer Connelly) or Mary Magdalene escapes his captors and begins the quest of judging and healing humanity. Let's now take a look at Klaatu's protector, a silver giant robot that could be viewed with many similarities to the "Fallen Angels" or "Nephilims".
Next comparision , further on in the movie Klaatu continues to mystify and preform miracles, not only does he walk on water , preforms a resurrection, possesses another person's body and mind, willfully initiates destruction similar to what happened to Sodom and Gommorah, and even gathers species in an Noah's Ark manner. In an almost humourous scene Klaatu and another being are sitting at a McDonald's in a very unlikely "The Last Supper" context. In addition the disbelief of Jacob (Jaden Smith) towards Klaatu at first had hints of the treatment of the Hebrews by many in bibilical times. Jacob exhibited this with harsh words, paranoia, ignorance and wishes of harm toward Klaatu. Eventually Jacob sees more in Klaatu as does Klaatu sees in Jacob. In a key moment Jacob falls to his knees asks Klaatu for help, this is truly a symbolic scene in my view because Jacob becomes a beliver in Klaatu in the end.
The plot for this film no doubt was inspired by many major refrences from the bible and it's most famous stories including "DoomsDay or the End Times" prophecies.
Through the journey of this film Klaatu tries to want to destroy humanity, feeling that there is no hope for the human race until the signs of forgiveness , peace, and love , are see first hand by him is when Klaatu finally understands the potential goodness of humanity. Klaatu also relizes that humanity deserves another chance to fulfill it's destiny. He sacrifices his ownself to end the destruction of the Earth. Klaatu stops the locust's plague in time for us all to be saved. The ulimate point of this fine movie is not to push religion forcefully down anyone's throat, but to remind you of your own spirituality and to reexamine the messages behind these tales, even if you do not practise it may be worth the read, and worth the watch.