History Film / TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008

7th Nov '15 7:46:04 PM runey
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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen selflessly asks Klaatuto save her son with no regards to her own fate.

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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen selflessly asks Klaatuto Klaatu to save her son with no regards to her own fate.
20th Jul '15 5:21:29 PM eroock
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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen selflessly asks Klaatuto save her son with no regards to her own fate.
16th Jul '15 7:36:53 PM PaulA
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* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Aliens Speaking Mandarin Chinese]]
8th May '15 7:20:57 AM AlexDKZ
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* HumanityIsInfectious: Mr. Wu is an alien sleeper agent who's been living among us for 70 years, to give an informed assessment about the human race. His official report to Klaatu is that humans are destructive by nature and will not change even after being fully aware that they are heading into a path of self-destruction, which cements the ultimate judgment to cleanse the planet from our threat. He also asks Klaatu to be left on Earth, because after so many years of hardships (he admits that "human life is difficult") he's grown to deeply love humanity and would rather die with us.
27th Apr '15 11:45:30 AM eroock
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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: THe aliens are depicted as ecoterrorists, who want to wipe out human civilization and infrastructure to preserve the biosphere. Klaatu ended up with a [[RestoredMyFaithInHumanity change of heart]], but before that his mission was not to warn anyone, but to skip straight to the EXTERMINATE-part.

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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: THe The aliens are depicted as ecoterrorists, who want to wipe out human civilization and infrastructure to preserve the biosphere. Klaatu ended up with a [[RestoredMyFaithInHumanity change of heart]], but before that his mission was not to warn anyone, but to skip straight to the EXTERMINATE-part.
27th Apr '15 11:44:35 AM eroock
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: "His life-support suit was similar to a placenta." "That makes sense, because a placenta sustains life."

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* ApocalypseHow: Class 0. Gort, in the form of a GreyGoo, take out roughly a third of the US. Klaatu stops it with a pulse, [[NoEndorHolocaust presumably]] wiping out at least tens of thousands more relying on electricity. If the pulse is permanent, then it may be a Class 2.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: "His life-support suit was similar to a placenta." "That makes sense, because a placenta sustains life." "
* AttackDrone: The military uses two drones to attack Gort. Gort destroys the missiles with lasers and then takes control of the drones to destroy some nearby tanks.



* BigApplesauce: The remake is set in New York, even though the original was set in Washington D.C.
* CyberCyclops: Gort has a single glowing red eye behind the visor there's a good moment when one of the characters realises the eye is following him as he walks across the room.
* DullSurprise: Reeves plays an alien whose affect is chilly and inhuman, and is wonderfully natural in the part.
* FauxFluency: Keanu Reeves' Klaatu speaks to an elderly man (who is really an alien disguised in human form) in Mandarin Chinese. It's a valiant effort, but still pretty bad.
* FetalPositionRebirth: Klaatu is injured and taken to a human lab for treatment. The scientists cut away the placenta suit he's wearing, revealing a partially developed human form underneath. Once the suit is completely removed, he curls into a fetal position to finish the transformation into Keanu Reeves.



* IComeInPeace: Klaatu steps out of his ship in the presence of roughly half the U.S. military, who are already a bit [[HairTriggerTemper jumpy]] on account of the aforementioned spaceship. He wordlessly thrusts an alien device in their direction (actually trying to offer a gift), and somebody twitches and shoots him.
* InhumanableAlienRights: The government lets Klaatu know that he doesn't have any rights they are under obligation to respect specifically because he (Klaatu) is not a human being regardless of what body he's wearing currently.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: Klaatu visits Earth because our self-destructive nature is endangering the ecosystem of the Earth. Life is so rare in the universe that the alien community considers the biosphere of a planet far more valuable than any single product of that ecosystem. And so as punishment he tries to wipe out all life on the planet himself in order to "restart" the ecosystem, but this time without those pesky humans getting in the way.



* NoEndorHolocaust: The movie ends with Klaatu causing his ship to emit a massive EMP wave that shuts down all the GORT nanites. It also shuts down every piece of technology on the planet, even things that should not be affected by EMP, such as analog watches. This means millions dead in hospitals, planes falling out of the sky, no way to get food or water to starving masses, etc. And billions of dead silicon-based nanites covering the landscape. Good luck making use of that land. Yes, Klaatu mentions our way of life will have to change. He just didn't mention most of us would die, while he happily flies off home, mission complete.
** It is possible that was his intention. Reduce the human population, take away our ability to mess up our planet. Perhaps, as he may have reasoned, this might give us the chance to start over, be more green, especially with less mouths to feed.



* RestoredMyFaithInHumanity: Seeing Helen selflessly asking to spare her son's life, Klaatu comes to the conclusion that humans are worth saving after all.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The giant Sphere of Doom shines with a dirty green light.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: THe aliens are depicted as ecoterrorists, who want to wipe out human civilization and infrastructure to preserve the biosphere. Klaatu ended up with a [[RestoredMyFaithInHumanity change of heart]], but before that his mission was not to warn anyone, but to skip straight to the EXTERMINATE-part.



* TheSwarm: The metal insects that comprise GORT.

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* StarfishAliens: Klaatu noted that he was assuming AFormYouAreComfortableWith to interact with the humans. Upon being asked by the heroine what his true form was, he refused, stating, "[[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm It would only frighten you]]".
* TheSwarm: The metal insects that comprise GORT.Gort.


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* TrappedInContainment: A government agent does this to a scientist who is contaminated while investigating a caged alien artifact. Naturally he is less pleased when the contamination starts eating through the windows and his room is the next to be sealed and sacrificed.
* WalkOnWater: Klaatu shortly demonstrates this.
27th Apr '15 11:14:27 AM eroock
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A 2008 [[TheRemake remake]][[note]]co-produced by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and Creator/HammerheadProduction, amongst others[[/note]] of the 1951 scifi classic ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. It starred Keanu Reeves in the role of Klaatu.

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A 2008 [[TheRemake remake]][[note]]co-produced by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and Creator/HammerheadProduction, amongst others[[/note]] of the 1951 scifi classic ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. It starred Keanu Reeves in the role of Klaatu.
Klaatu and Creator/JenniferConnelly as the female protagonist.
1st Dec '14 2:09:46 PM theAdeptRogue
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A 2008 [[TheRemake remake]][[note]]co-produced by TwentiethCenturyFox and HammerheadProduction, amongst others[[/note]] of the 1951 scifi classic ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. It starred Keanu Reeves in the role of Klaatu.

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A 2008 [[TheRemake remake]][[note]]co-produced by TwentiethCenturyFox Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox and HammerheadProduction, Creator/HammerheadProduction, amongst others[[/note]] of the 1951 scifi classic ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. It starred Keanu Reeves in the role of Klaatu.
29th May '14 10:39:56 PM Fireblood
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* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: for certain values of "monster"

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* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: for For certain values of "monster"



** The military, law enforcement, and the government in general, though all of government in all of fiction is guilty of this trope, and it's not an unexpected reaction to aliens being suddenly real. Klaatu comes to Earth and reaches out his hand to the protagonists. Clearly, putting a bullet in him is the appropriate response. Only later do they realize he was able to shut down their defense network on a whim, and so they decide imprisoning and (implicitly) ''torturing'' him is a good idea. Klaatu's decision, after consulting a spy on Earth, is naturally that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and have to go, so the swarm of nanobots beings devouring every man-made object in its path. The military bombs it, only to see it grow larger. The Secretary of Defense at least grows a brain at this point, but the president orders even more bombing as if the opinion of his military adviser isn't worth considering.

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** The military, law enforcement, and the government in general, though all of government in all of fiction is guilty of this trope, and it's not an unexpected reaction to aliens being suddenly real. Klaatu comes to Earth and reaches out his hand to the protagonists. Clearly, putting a bullet in him is the appropriate response. Only later do they realize he was able to shut down their defense network on a whim, and so they decide imprisoning and (implicitly) ''torturing'' him is a good idea. Klaatu's decision, after consulting a spy on Earth, is naturally that HumansAreTheRealMonsters and have to go, so thus the swarm of nanobots beings begins devouring every man-made object in its path. The military bombs it, only to see it grow larger. The Secretary of Defense at least grows a brain at this point, but the president orders even more bombing as if the opinion of his military adviser isn't worth considering.
10th May '14 3:31:02 PM nogenius
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** HumansAreBastards: It's been estimated that about 3 species become extinct every day because of our actions. Humanity is just one species. So if we're going to go out anyway, they don't want us taking any more species with us.
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