Awf Hand wrote:
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951
Following a brief radar-tracking period of ours vs. theirs confusion, a spacecraft lands. As the doors open and a figure steps out, the military awaits. A device in the figure’s hand causes alarm and the figure is brought down by a bullet. Welcome to Earth, Klatu (Michael Rennie). He promptly escapes his hospital cell and seeks to speak with the most intelligent members of the planet. Taking shelter in a rooming house, he befriends a young boy and the boy’s mother. –The boy’s father died in war, which is significant to the message that Klatu seeks to deliver. He has threatened destruction of Earth unless we stop our warring ways and pressed to prove his power, Klatu must devise a way to convince the human population that he has the ability to destroy all, should his anti-war message not be heeded. He performs this task this to great effect, but the message may fall on deaf ears as the authorities seek him and will stop at nothing to capture him. Klatu’s giant robot “Gort” stands ready to destroy the world, should Klatu fail.
Awf Hand gives 3 out of 4 stars. While I enjoyed “Day”, I discovered some holes upon later thought. Why should Klatu show compassion to those in need during his “demonstration”, but has none when it comes to destroying Earth. Um, Thanks? I still, however consider this essential sci-fi and would recommend it to any fan of the genre.
“Klatu, Berada, Nicto” indeed.