The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

I’ve always wanted to try the 1951 version of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. And I did! True sci-fi music, graphics, sounds and more. Even the theme song in the intro was thrilling.

A UFO landed in Washington DC as a messenger who came from outer space tries to warn the people of Earth about global warfare, nuclear weapons before the Cold War, and a threat to the Earth and humanity. After getting shot in the shoulder, healed again and escaped, he decided to make to make sure the U.S. Government doesn’t follow him. G.O.R.T., his robot stayed there as it only disintegrated the weapons, a cannon and a tank of the U.S. Army.

With a secret identity as “Mr. Carpenter”, he decided to go to a room and board house were a woman, relatives and people were there. Her son was interested in Klaatu. They took a little day trip in the city as they visited the UFO, and a gravesite of people who died in wars. Finally they went to go a movie and instead of paying money, Klaatu paid real live diamonds.

Klaatu even borrowed a flashlight to order G.O.R.T. to scare away to guards and head back to the ship. He even used alien language. Before he left, when the boy was playing with trains, he told him about trains that fly and don’t use tracks. It was that were he came from, on his home world.

One of the diamonds he used was found on the floor as the woman’s boyfriend found this. Even when that diamond was not a part of this Earth. Klaatu later visited a doctor he had to trust with on environmental factors. Then comes the part where we all know it’s the day the Earth stood still.

All vehicles of the world, and everything on energy, electrical near and far, stopped working for half an hour. None of the stuff at home were working as all the vehicles have stopped. In cities, lakes, countries, middle of nowhere, and all over the globe, they stopped. After that was done, they started working again.

Klaatu was later shot and killed by the army. G.O.R.T. managed to save him by taking him out of prison, and bringing him back to the ship were he was healed again. That only did by saying the most famous words. “Klaatu barada nikto”.

The world came to a United Nations meeting in front of the UFO, as Klaatu gave out a message.

Even the United Nations can argue all day about countries in the office boards, and warfare until they can make up were there is world peace, they understand Klaatu played by Michael Rennie as he gave out this message. The United Nations and the whole wide world understand Klaatu as he told the whole wide world of the Earth this.

“I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more… profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you”

And with that, the people of the Earth now knows about their world, the universe, and everything for what Klaatu said as they need to change. Klaatu had a smile as he and his robot left the Earth in their spacecraft. Only the universe of space knows about this Earth, and other visitors like Klaatu that can come to this Earth. And its for what the world knows, and what will happen when comes the day the Earth stood still.

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