The Day the Earth Stopped (2008) C. Thomas Howell, Judd Nelson, Darren Dalton, Sinead McCafferty, Bug Hall Movie Review

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C. Thomas Howell in The Day the Earth Stopped (2008)

The Day the Movie Died

With a series of intergalactic robots appearing in various cities across the planet the US government send their agents to capture the robot's alien travelling partners. Having caught Sky (Sinead McCafferty) and the alien boy Man (Bug Hall) agent Josh Myron (C. Thomas Howell) learns that due to mankind Earth is doomed and he must find a way to prove to Sky that mankind are worth saving or else they will wipe mankind out.

Let me take you back to December 2008 when the big sci-fi remake "The Day the Earth Stood Still" starring Keanu Reeves was about to hit the big screens across the globe. Well 3 days before its release The Asylum released "The Day the Earth Stopped" a movie despite having been written by Darren Dalton, Carey Van Dyke, and Shane Van Dyke was remarkably similar to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" with aliens, big robots, the world facing destruction unless someone can prove mankind is worth saving. Yes "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is one of those mockbusters which The Asylum seemed to specialise in.

What "The Day the Earth Stopped" also has is the low production values which many have come to expect from some thing The Asylum would make. As such the special effects are poor, the dialogue is basic and the acting feels like those involved were handed a rough idea what a scene was going to be just before they were to shoot it and then made it up as they went. It doesn't work and whilst at times entertaining for the wrong reasons, Judd Nelson showing up for a few scenes with a cheesy grin being a highlight, this is mostly a waste of time.

What this all boils down to is that "The Day the Earth Stopped" is a bad movie and no matter how much I would love to tell you that it is enjoyably bad I simply can't. Beyond a few amusing scenes there is little in "The Day the Earth Stopped" to warrant you spending time watching it.