“…” (Any time Keanu Reeves seems like he should be saying something but does not)
Keanu Reeves could have been replaced by a nice potted plant and the movie would have stayed pretty much the same. I almost imagine the director, Scott Derrickson, telling the cast “What I want is dull! Mind numbing dull. If you feel emotion creeping in while acting pretend you just went into a coma”.
The Day the Earth Stood Still is a remake of the 1951 classic with similar themes, but instead of focusing on nuclear weapons they focus on environmentalism. The end result, as the special effects kick in and the obligatory destruction of New York City starts, you really wish everyone would stop trying to convince Klaatu to save the planet and just get the movie over with.
With miscasting, over-the-top military acting, a really obnoxious child, and oddly misplaced giant robot special effect, The Day the Earth Stood Still manages to epically disappoint and be ultra dull.
What you should take away:
If a secret branch of the government shows up at your door and says your mad military/science/technology skills are needed immediately you are likely going to be dead within 24 hours (unless you are hot).
If you are ripping off borrowing swarm special effects from the 1999 movie The Mummy, relying on the visual “wow” effect to keep audiences engaged instead of story, acting, or action is unwise.
Tip when building liquid-goo-Ark-bubble-things: Do not just take two of each animal because you are going to end up with some seriously inbred creatures.
Apparently if you have the power to destroy and save the world, move objects with your mind, and create electricity you will still need to hitch a ride back to the city from some Mom and her kid.