Klaatu Barada Nikto

The Day the Earth Stood Still is a classic with a message that still holds up today. Simply put, quit trying to destroy each other. If you do, aliens will come down to Earth and tell you to knock it off. But in all seriousness, The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of the best science fiction movies ever made. Although it came out in 1951, I’ve seen the movie at least 3 times in my life. My mom suggested it many years ago when my brother and I had a huge alien obsession. Since it was difficult to get our hands on a copy, we bought it on DVD instead. The Day the Earth Stood Still is about an alien named Klaatu that unexpectedly lands on Earth. Accompanying Klaatu is his peacekeeping robot bodyguard named Gort. The most iconic character in the movie. Klaatu comes to Earth with his important message, but is met with untrustworthy humans. The only dated part of the movie is the friendship he develops with a young boy. Something that wouldn’t fly nowadays. Other than that, the title refers to what Klaatu does to get the Earth’s attention. He freezes all technology on Earth (except for planes and hospitals). The words “Klaatu Barada Nikto” are what keeps Gort from destroying the entire planet. In the end, Klaatu delivers his famous speech and the ending is left ambiguous. Whether you choose violence or not, the decision rests with you. That’s what makes The Day the Earth Stood Still feel timeless.

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“Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration”

One thought on “Klaatu Barada Nikto

  1. You did a lovely summary of my all-time favorite sci-fi movie. I’ve seen this movie I don’t know how many times in the past 30 years, and it still sends shivers down my spine. And as you pointed out, unfortunately the movie’s message remains as timely as ever.

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