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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.
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?
A really, really cool setup shows us the different planets in our solar system and how cool they look. The aliens from Mars come to Earth and the look great and kill people via some awesome special effects. This is a seriously good looking movie. Sadly, it gets to the point where everyone is just sitting in a church listening to the radio telling them whats happening and it gets pretty boring. And then the aliens die. The end. Maybe just watch the first 30 minutes of this one and then leave.
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Sci-fi classic about the importance of immunisation.
For everyone that admires the special effects at the time, I'm sorry but Forbidden Planet would come out only 3 years later and would be much more impressive.
Some stars and better dialogue would have helped.
And deus ex machina/religiously sentimental endings bug the crap out of me.
Very dated in terms of production value and special effects but full of many interesting ideas tough the film is a bit too slow. There is still enjoyment to be found in this rather b-movie sci-fi film but story could have been a bit more interesting though I'm sure at the time of its release it would have been rather mind-blowing.
My son and I have recently been going through versions of the H.G. Wells story "The War Of The Worlds". We've read Wells' novel, listened to the infamous Hallowe'en radio play broadcast, even gone through a fantasy comic book adaptation set in Shogun-era Japan with Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo "Senso" series. We finally got around to watching this film.
As a film buff growing up it was always referenced as an important piece of cinema science fiction and landmark special effects although I had never watched it entirely before.
Alas, it was rather disappointing - for me, my son liked it at least which is nice.
First of all, it isn't the effects that underwhelm. In fact, almost all of…
Martians invade the Earth in this H.G. Wells story.
what a suspenseful flick! sometimes i find some older thrillers a bit mellow-dramatic, but this one is a definite exception! the atmosphere was perfect and leaves you on the edge of your seat! It also had alot of symbolism that still applies to today and really makes you think.
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This is one of the most famous science-fiction films of the 1950s. Based on the H.G. Wells story, The War of the Worlds depicts aliens from Mars who come to Earth with the sole purpose of exterminating human life. This is a pretty fun movie. The special effects, though dated, are pretty strong for the time and the designs have become iconic for a reason, at least in regard to the spaceships. The aliens themselves looked pretty lame to me, mainly because of their faces. The scenes of destruction are also pretty well-realized by the standards of B-50s films, and the movie does a good job establishing how invulnerable the alien ships are. Additionally, the third act really stretches the…
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