History Film / TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008

2nd Apr '18 4:40:01 PM Octoya
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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, thus the swarm of nanobots 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.

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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 HumansAreBastards and have to go, thus the swarm of nanobots 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.
2nd Apr '18 4:19:45 PM Octoya
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* AliensAreBastards: The aliens are committing genocide against a sentient race to protect a planet which is in no appreciable danger. Even if we wipe ourselves out life will go on, and [=CO2=] and methane scrubbing bacteria will come in and clean up after us. This is instead of just giving us better technology. They had to get to our level of technology, to get to theirs.
** 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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* AliensAreBastards: The aliens are committing genocide against a sentient race to protect a planet which is in no appreciable danger. Even if we wipe ourselves out life will go on, and [=CO2=] and methane scrubbing bacteria will come in and clean up after us. This At best, they're concerned about the other, non-sentient species of life on Earth going extinct from humanity's actions. But even so, their plan is to just kill all humans flat out instead of just giving us better technology. They had to get to our level of technology, to get to theirs.
** 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
them more species with us.eco-friendly technology.



** Another problem is how, in the original, despite the distrust he faces, [[RousseauWasRight Klaatu still believes in human goodness]], whereas in the remake, Klaatu is as distrustful of humans as they are of him.
15th Mar '18 9:44:31 AM CheeseDogX
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* HumanAliens: Justified, as Klaatu was tailor-made to interact with humans.
17th Feb '18 2:01:52 PM SteveMB
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Klaatu's human form was grown within his placenta-like spacesuit to allow him to survive on Earth. He states that his true form "would only frighten [humans]".



* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Klaatu takes the form of a human that encountered one of his people's spheres in 1928.

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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Klaatu's human form was grown within his placenta-like spacesuit to allow him to survive on Earth. He states that his true form "would only frighten [humans]". Specifically, Klaatu takes the form of a human that encountered one of his people's spheres in 1928.
6th Feb '18 7:22:16 AM lazarx
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** He did try to speak with Earth's leaders, but as in the original the U.S. government decides they'd rather play it private and with hardball.
6th Feb '18 7:13:27 AM lazarx
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*** He did tell Helen that saving Humanity "Would have a price".
28th Oct '17 6:13:19 PM eroock
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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen [[SelflessWish selflessly asks Klaatu to save her son]] with no regards to her own fate.

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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen [[SelflessWish selflessly selflessly]] asks Klaatu to save her son]] son with no regards to her own fate.
28th Oct '17 6:12:24 PM eroock
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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen selflessly asks Klaatu to save her son with no regards to her own fate.

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* ActOfTrueLove: In the climax Helen [[SelflessWish selflessly asks Klaatu to save her son son]] with no regards to her own fate.
22nd Nov '16 9:36:46 PM omnicritic
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* BrokenAesop: We're destroying the other species on our planet, and aliens think that's bad. Fine. So why does Helen's love for Jacob change Klaatu's mind? A mother's love for a child of her own species, while charming, doesn't really show anything except a desire to perpetuate her species. It'd be more valid if she showed love for an animal, perhaps something [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute completely dissimilar to humans.]] Instead, ThePowerOfLove conquers all.

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* BrokenAesop: We're destroying the other species on our planet, and aliens think that's bad. Fine. So why does Helen's love for Jacob change Klaatu's mind? A mother's love for a child of her own species, while charming, doesn't really show anything except a desire to perpetuate her species. It'd be more valid if she showed love for an animal, perhaps something [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute completely dissimilar to humans.]] Instead, ThePowerOfLove conquers all. Perhaps it's the fact that Jacob is her husband's son and not hers?
3rd Nov '16 9:54:05 PM Sharlee
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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: There's one in the background when Regina Jackson tries to talk the President out of firebombing the sphere.

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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: There's one in the background when Regina Jackson tries argues over the phone that there's still time to try and talk the President Klaatu out of firebombing the sphere.destroying everything.
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