The Day the Earth Stood Still

I am home sick today with a sick kid and apparently a sick me. We saw the commercial for the remake of the new version of the above movie. Netflix has the original on streaming, so I fired it up. 20 minutes in and it is disturbing. A couple quotes:

Reporter: I suppose you are just as scared as the rest of us.
Klaatu: In a different way, perhaps. I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.

Bobby Benson: [indicating grave marker during a visit to Arlington] That’s my father. He was killed at Anzio.
Klaatu: Did all those people die in wars?
Bobby Benson: Most of ’em. Didn’t you ever hear of the Arlington Cemetery?
Klaatu: No, I’m afraid not.
Bobby Benson: You don’t seem to know much about anything, do you, Mr. Carpenter?
Klaatu: Well, I’ll tell you, Bobby, I’ve been away a long time. Very far away.
Bobby Benson: Is it different where you’ve been? Don’t they have places like this?
Klaatu: Well, they have cemeteries, but not like this one. You see, they don’t have any wars.
Bobby Benson: Gee, that’s a good idea.

How far we have come, and how little we have learned.

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