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The War of the Worlds
Amazing! terrifying! The most savage spectacle of all time!
H.G. Well's classic novel is brought to life is this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered some what when they discover it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider it was made at the height of the Cold War - just replace Martian with Russian.
I seen this in my youth several times and it left a lasting impression on me! I thought it was the greatest alien film ever! Wide eyed, mouth gaping, sitting on the floor in front of our tv totally oblivious to everything around me! I have been hooked on Sci-Fi ever since!
Oh what joy it was to see these ufo's looking (and sounding) so menacing! When the military got involved boy oh boy you knew this was serious business!
Unfortunately I didn't get as big a kick out of the film as I did in my youth! I saw the wires that held up the ufo's! That sure deflated my whole experience fast! (HD TV doth revealeth too much…
There is a remarkable streak of bleakness running through Byron Haskin's "The War of the Worlds." Beginning with news reel footage of past wars before showcasing the invasion of Earth by extraterrestrial forces, the film heaps destruction upon humankind with little rest until the film's climax. It is a downcast war film, as serious as any the might portray nonfiction conflicts, that offers a gripping story of a world with little hope for survival.
Based on H.G. Wells' novel, "The War of the Worlds" follows the characters involved with the struggle against the invaders on the ground. There is little character-based drama, the film, instead, focusing almost solely on the effects of the Martian invasion. The story offers destruction, failed…
Performances : 3/10
Story : 3/10
Production : 4/10
Overall : 3.33/10
You know, everyone crawls up Hollywood's ass when they make an unnecessary reboot or sequel of a film. Nobody says anything though when they get it right. They got it right when they did the Tom Cruise remake of this, because this version was painful to watch.
At one point in the film, while the main characters prepare to launch an attack on their unsuspecting foe, a voice comes over the loudspeaker giving the following official fucking warning :
"Attention please. Four minutes 'til bomb time"
Fucking really!? It's moments like that, along with horrible dialogue and honestly atrocious lighting that make The War of the Worlds come off as a film that has no idea, thematically, where it wants to go.
It hurts me to say this but skip this garbage and go see the remake. At least Tim Robbins is in it.
Most of the sci-fi film from the early and mid 1950’s have a Cold War subtext to them. I found WAR OF THE WORLDS surprisingly void of this metaphorical complexity.
The film opens with a voice over describing the first and second world wars, and how the entire planet was occupied in the war efforts. We then move on to a quite California town. The residence see what they believe is a meteor crash landing in the hills. We soon find out it is one of a planet wide alien space craft invasion. These aliens seem to only have destruction on their minds. Despite the U.S. and other countries military best efforts they are unable to even put a dent…
I had not seen the original War of the Worlds in decades and in the last ten years i had viewed Spielberg's version quite a few times. i'm a fan of the Berg's film and often said that is a classic example that the guy's still got it when wants to do terror again. upon watching this 1953 gem once again, i was taken back on just how how much real terror THIS film has & brutal the movie really is. Especially for being made in 1953! i mean, what did audiences in 1953, who were used to rubber monsters and neutered plot lines, to suddenly get this blast of real alien terror? brilliant stuff and the HD version that is currently on Netflix streaming looks incredible.
A revolutionary sci fi film which paved the way for all to try to replicate it's greatness, very few sci fi films have rivalled The War Of The Worlds but none of them seem to have the same originality and imagination that this film has, for example the aliens and spacecrafts in it are so uniuqe and stand out as some of the most innovative. Very few have done this one of the only ones I can think of is 2001: A Space Oddesy, this is a must see for any sci fi fan.
TECHNICALLY a rewatch, though I have few memories of this from my youth apart from the scene of the two leads cowering in a ruined house as alien craft crash around them. It's a lot more fleetly-paced than I remember, moving at a rather remarkable clip without sacrificing too much. The effects are top-drawer for the era and genuinely creepy and iconic, but that I remembered. The script does a fair job conveying both the global and the personal stakes of the invasion, though it lets the side down a little bit when it comes to Ann Robinson's character (as is common for female leads of the time—and, too often, still today). It doesn't do a ton you wouldn't expect…
There's a lot to love in this science-fiction classic. The amazing design of the Martian war machines, the fact that the scientists are the heroes. There's also the odd, stoic tone of all the men, as if this invasion were just a problem to be solved by trial and error.
Colors Wells's original story as a much more religious text than I remember it being, but it also manages to make that work remarkably well and not feel preachy, or like it was glommed on at the last minute.
This is a much more despairing sci-fi effort than similar films of the time (Day the Earth Stood Still, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, et al). Not only are we no match for the alien invaders, but when the world is on the brink of annihilation, the film presents a world full of people turning on each other. It's pretty bold stuff, and in that way it's a touch darker even than Spielberg's re-imagining.
And yes, I'll take the sequences Spielberg…
A childhood favorite! I've always loved the story of War Of The Worlds by HG Wells. It remains one of my favorite pieces of science fiction literature. And believe it or not, I've been partial to all things related to it, including the much maligned Spielberg version. Oh, and the little know Canadian TV show, which works as a sequel to this.
The whole, paranoia and Christian propaganda is one thing that really bugs me and kind of distracts from the overall viewing experience. But it's pretty soft in it's approach so it doesn't put me off entirely obviously. I'd just really rather it not be there. "The aliens can destroy the Earth in six days" "They same number of…
Not a fan of Spielberg's, not a fan of this one.
Honestly, as an H.G. Wells fan, this had much better pacing than the book. I don't know why people go crazy over this and The Time Machine. I would argue those are two of his worst, or at least dullest.
This was fun, though. Four minutes to bomb time, indeed.
Complete at loss at dealing with normalcy, but carries a punch when it has to imagine society's breakdown.
Dated '50s stuff that works:
- The special effects
Obviously, the effects are primitive compared to what we have now, but given that this was made more than 60 years ago and without the aid of the technology we have now, it is quite impressive to see! It is not nearly as cheesy as I expected; it actually looks pretty well integrated into the ominous world they set up.
- The sound effects
This could go under special effects, but deserve a special mention, because a lot of the sounds that originated in this film are still being used today.
- Normal life
This was obviously not intentional, but the film has interesting time capsule moments. I love that everyone…
This is pretty bleak, and boy is it showcasing a lot of Cold War American anxieties. The heavy-handed Christian messages (a real theme in this decade, I'm seeing) seem very out of place.
It's very ambitious visually though. Best use of color since The Wizard of Oz?
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
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Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
The Devil in Miss Jones (1972)
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