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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.
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 that 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.
I just want to play Simon with their faces
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 remember vehemently disliking Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds when I first saw it a few years back, so I figured I should also give the original adaptation of the novel a chance. Sadly the original War of the Worlds also proved to be a rather disappointing film for one like myself as I happen to greatly admire the novel. When I left The War of the Worlds, I was merely bored out of my mind with the final product.
One can take note of the fact that The War of the Worlds is a B-movie production but that factor doesn't help in providing enjoyability in a film like this, sadly. Sure, we have lots of examples of pseudo-science…
Ann Robinson needs to chill.
Hard to believe that this 60+ year old film is still as good today as it was when I first saw it back in the late 60s. The Martians are done extremely well and mankind's desperate defense is well portrayed. This is a solid sic-film from the 50s era that should not be missed.
Excellent effects for the time. The alien machines look absolutely awesome. (Though a brief appearance from an actual alien is rather less impressive, not least when it runs like it's a parody of ET.) Unfortunately this is a quite a slow moving story and the acting of the main protagonists, while not bad, doesn't do much to keep our interest.
There's also a few moments which forcefully remind you that this is a 1950s movie. First of all, do they still not understand radiation? Certainly Hollywood appears to have trouble understanding. The extremely self-confident male lead seems to this viewer rather heartless when, having casually picked up his giger counter which is showing the crashed material to be highly radioactive…
Campy sci-fi camp that doesn't reach the heights of similar movies from the era. The allegorical stuff about the Russians and 50's America's fear of anything different hold ups pretty well, but it's just not as good as so many other monster movies that did the same thing. Plus, this Dr. Clayton Forrester isn't as good as MST3K's Dr. Clayton Forrester.
Hokey. Not sure what the fuss is about.
Ich bin auf Grund seiner hohen Bekanntheit mit hohen Erwartungen an diesen Film gegangen. Leider bin ich enttäuscht worden. Man hat das Gefühl, dass viele Scenen durch sich immer wiederholenende Special-Effects sehr gesteckt werden. Desweiteren wird die Handlung durch reihenweise religiöse Effekte so ins Lächerliche gezogen, dass ich den Film nicht unbedingt ernst nehmen konnte.
Allerdings gefällt mir die Machtlosigkeit und Hoffnungslosigkeit der Protagonisten sehr.
As with any George Pal production, this is a showcase for his special effects which are amusing enough. There remains something quite menacing about the slow, steady glide of the Martian ships, particularly the sight of them moving down city streets.
But there are too many things about the response of humanity which annoy. Everyone getting out on the hillsides to watch(!) the atomic bomb dropped on the Martians. The scientists wasting their time running around like headless chickens, when they know the weakness of the invaders. And the ending which places the reason for their defeat very firmly in the hands of God.
But for all it's faults it's still a better watch than the Spielberg attempt.
I'm still waiting for a proper adaptation, set in period.
1953 was a long time ago and yes, this film is dated on so many levels. But even if some effects are not holding up today, there is a BIG difference between old special effects and effects that takes people for idiots. Also, what's with the ultra religious tone ? Really ?
I'm one of few people who actually enjoy the recent remake of this film, but it's great to see the original. Nevertheless, it wasn't quite the classic apocalyptic action film that I was expecting it to be.
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