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The Day the Earth Stood Still is a 2008 science-fiction drama thriller film about an alien visitor who warns the people of Earth about their destruction of the environment. The film follows Klaatu as he lands on Earth with his giant robot and tells Earthlings that they must change their human behaviors or be killed. The alien states that the Earth does not belong to them, but it belongs to the Universe. The damage that humans are doing is unacceptable and it must be changed. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Starring Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, and John Cleese. Based on the 1951 film of the same name.

The Day the Earth Stood Still received mostly negative reviews upon its release but it still saw great financial success. However, the film has not received the same status as the original version. Continue reading for more quotes from the 2008 version of The Day the Earth Stood Still.


[from trailer]
Polygraph Operator: I'm going to ask you a series of control questions. Are you currently in a seated position?
Klaatu: Yes.
Polygraph Operator: Are you human?
Klaatu: My body is.
Polygraph Operator: Do you feel pain?
Klaatu: My Body does.
Polygraph Operator: Are you aware of an impending attack on the planet earth? Klaatu: ...
Polygraph Operator: I'll repeat the question.
Klaatu: You should let me go.
[from trailer]
Klaatu: If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives.
Klaatu: The decision is made.
Regina Jackson: My name is Regina Jackson. I'm the Secretary of Defense of the United States of America.
Klaatu: This body will take some getting used to.
Regina Jackson: I've been sent here to determine who or what you represent and what your intentions are.
Klaatu: It feels unreal to me. Alien. It will take time to adapt. Helen Benson: What were you before you were human?
Klaatu: Different.
Helen Benson: Different how?
Klaatu: It would only frighten you.
Klaatu: There are some things I can't do.
Jacob Benson: But you have powers.
Klaatu: I'm sorry.
Jacob Benson: Please. Please!
Klaatu: Jacob, nothing ever truly dies. The universe wastes nothing. Everything is simply, transformed.
Jacob Benson: Just leave me alone.
John Driscoll: So is it a machine or a living thing?
Flash Chamber Colonel: Both. Or neither.
John Driscoll: What do you mean 'neither'?
Flash Chamber Colonel: It seems to be some sort of silicone-based hybrid. We're calling it GORT: Genetically-Organized Robotic Technology.
John Driscoll: The military and their acronyms...
Professor Barnhardt: I have so many questions to ask you.
Helen Benson: [addressing Klaatu about the music playing] It's Bach.
Klaatu: It's beautiful.
Professor Barnhardt: So we're not so different after all.
Klaatu: I wish that were true.
Regina Jackson: What is your purpose in coming here?
Klaatu: There is a gathering of world leaders not far from here; I will explain my purpose to them.
Regina Jackson: I'm afraid thats not possible. Perhaps you should explain yourself to me instead.
Klaatu: Do you speak for the entire human race?
Regina Jackson: I speak for the President of the United States. Now, please; tell me why have you come to our planet.
Klaatu: *Your* planet?
Regina Jackson: Yes; this is our planet.
Klaatu: No, it is not.
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