The Alien as a Vehicle for Cosmopolitan Discourses: The Case of The Day the Earth Stood Still

Pablo Gómez Muñoz

Abstract


This article looks at the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (Derrickson 2008) as a representative example of a group of early twenty-first century science fiction films that have shown remarkable interest in transnational and global phenomena. Given the recent emphasis of the genre on these issues, this article proposes cosmopolitanism as a particularly useful theoretical framework for analyzing contemporary science fiction. The article focuses on the remake’s reliance on the figure of the alien and its destructive potential as a means of drawing attention to the global threat of climate change. The Day the Earth Stood Still presents cosmopolitanism as a perspective and way of acting that develops as a response to specific transnational challenges.


Keywords: The Day the Earth Stood Still; science fiction; film; cosmopolitanism; alien; climate change


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