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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 58

WOW. What a masterpiece of science fiction film-making. This classic film follows the aftermath of a UFO landing, and the emergence of an alien named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) and a robot named Gort (Lock Martin). After Klaatu tries to give the President a gift as a peace offering (and is rudely shot for his efforts), he has to go into hiding and try to convey a very important message to the world without being captured.

The effects still hold up extremely well, even to today’s standards. Nothing felt cheesy or cheap, and I marveled at the screen. The acting is also solid. Michael Rennie is extremely charming as Klaatu, and I became attached to his character immediately. The only nitpick I had with the film was the ending, which is ambiguous.

If you haven’t seen this film yet, watch it ASAP. An incredibly well-crafted film with a prescient message, this is a must-watch for everyone.

Verdict: 4.5/5

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