"I came to Earth to save you from yourselves, and this is what I get? Thanks a fuckload, douchebags!!!"
One of the greatest science fiction films ever made, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951), is about to be remade (read "desecrated"), proving once again that Hollywood has apparently run out of ideas and/or doesn't know when to leave well enough alone. And as if remaking one of the bona fide classics of the genre wasn't bad enough the casting for the thoughtful and benevolent extraterrestrial, Klaatu, could not possibly be worse. The character was soft-spoken yet firm in intent, classy, and genuinely likable in his thankless task of preventing humankind from wiping itself — and potentially spreading the madness off-planet — and Michael Rennie's portrayal of him ranks among the five most awesome alien visitors ever.
He came from outer space to save the human race: Michael Rennie as the wondrous Klaatu.
So why, WHY the fuck would you cast eternal burnout archetype Keanu "Whoa, Dude!" Reeves in this role???
Reeves can be entertaining as hell, but he sure as shit isn't a good actor; here's a rundown of Keanu's greatest hits:
BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA (1992)
POINT BREAK (1991)
THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (1997)
Whoa, dude! My dad's, like, the Devil and Michael Corleone, or something!"
JOHNNY MNEMONIC (1995)
BABES IN TOYLAND (1986)
THE MATRIX (1999)
And this is to whom the part of Klaatu has been assigned. Plus you just know there will be lots of action scenes and the robot, Gort, blowing shit up in orgiastic displays of the pyrotechnician's craft. Oy gevalt...