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The extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop of his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
When 9/11 happened, I was in middle school. I was 13. When the first plane hit, I was just getting settled into second period. At about 9:15, the principal turned on the speaker and delivered the news. But we didn't hear about the planes, because at that point, there wasn't enough information to know about the planes in the first place. All we heard were the buzzwords: "Terrorists" "Attack" "Explosion" So the school was to be evacuated for safety precautions, of course.
It was one of the scariest moments of my life. I saw no explosions that day. I didn't see any death. I just saw the people in my life and strangers completely freaking out, and it wasn't until…
With minimal amount of plot on paper, excess reliance on CGI for its moments of action & severe lack of character depth, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Well's classic novel does feature the trademarks usually found in his adventure films, including the attempt for larger-than-life spectacle yet no amount of visually striking images can make up for the poor storytelling that's on display here.
Based on H.G. Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds tells the story of a broken family that finds itself caught in a major catastrophe when the entire planet is invaded by aliens who come out of the ground in their tripods, unleash carnage on human population & effortlessly defeat the armed forces. The plot…
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This project hasn't been going so well so far, but this was a fair bit better even though I wasn't expecting it to be.
I do count myself as a sizeable Steven Spielberg fan even though, before this, I hadn't seen anything he'd made since the excellent Catch Me If You Can. I guess I've always been slightly reluctant to visit his later films because I was worried I would always come into them with the expectation that they would be as amazing as his earlier classics. But I actually came into this with no expectation at all, so maybe I'm ready to tackle them after all!
I don't remember 9/11 at all. Brief images of seeing the attacks on a television at Applebees bounce around in my mind, but I'm pretty sure those were just manufactured in my mind. I've grown up with it being somewhat of an abstract event, the catalyst for our subsequent decade long war in the Middle East, our spending of trillions and trillions of dollars on military equipment and surveillance, a fierce debate over the importance of our rights during wartime and our society's unfortunate racism towards a whole people despite their almost universal innocence. You could say it defined my life, even though I don't recall anything about it.
Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is an on-the-nose response to…
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A decade or so from now, when academics start publishing scholarly tomes with titles like "The Anxiety of Insurgence: Hollywood Responds to 9/11," Steven Spielberg's unsparing adaptation of War of the Worlds is guaranteed a meaty chapter all its own. No doubt aware that images of people running in terror from collapsing buildings now carry unavoidable topical baggage, Spielberg, with the help of screenwriters Josh Friedman and David Koepp, has refashioned H.G. Wells' classic tale of interplanetary invasion into a unnervingly cathartic simulacrum of that Tuesday morning's apocalyptic confusion and horror. The references fly fast and furious and sans subtlety: onlookers covered in ash, walls papered with handmade MISSING flyers, mountains of rubble dotted with…
personally, i think the ending is depressing as hell, i'm not sure what the epilogue implies if the whole thing's supposed to be a terrorism allegory, and the whole basement chunk of the movie is...odd. it's all pretty ridiculous of course, but spielberg could sell ice to the proverbial eskimo if he made a movie about it - nobody else can pull off the human element in a disaster movie quite this well, and nobody else makes mass death by vaporization, bizarre gore, and the imminent extinction of the human race look so beautiful. elegant even. he also borrows heavily from JURASSIC PARK (because who else could he borrow from?) with great results, and uses digital effects in a very…
film 20, task 3: an alien invasion film
wayyyyy gorier than i thought it would be, oh my god. it was quite interesting, but i probably wasn't in the mood because i was mostly bored. it could have easily been a half hour shorter. tom cruise and dakota fanning give strong performances, though, although i can't really take cruise serioulsy. he has such a weird voice. half a star because amy ryan has a very small role in it. <3333
Very underrated version of the story.
Una película aburrida, sosa y sin ningún sentido, a pesar de su increíble material que esta basado, ni su elenco lleno de estrellas lo pudo salvar, es punto mas bajo del señor Spielberg.
"For neither do men live nor die in vain."
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Of course Tim Robbins would try to escape by digging a tunnel through the wall.
The worst part of this film is unfortunately the aliens.
Spielberg doesn't fail to deliver a very touching story about a father trying his best to protect his kids, with the added bonus of an interesting post-9/11 spin on the alien invasion. However, the movie deflates a little towards the end as it neglects some of the relationship drama for action and suspense (I am looking at you, basement Tim Robbins).
I think that I am realising that I am really not a fan of Kaminski's work- most of 21st century Spielberg looks like a shiny white mess.
it's really not that bad, although i wouldn't mind not ever having to listen to tom cruise trying to sing again.
Film 7/30 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task #3: An alien invasion film
I'm calling it. Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is the most engaging suspense-filled thrill ride since Jaws!
Brilliantly setting up an alien invasion in the style of a post 9/11 thriller, the film has it all; gritty, kinetic hand-held action, your typical Spielberg family sentimental drama, strong performances from Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, stunning atmosphere, and great visual work.
To me, if you want a compelling alien invasion film, it needs to be suspenseful, engaging, and end on a satisfactory note.
Take that, Signs!!!
"Lightning never strikes in the same place twice."
Film #3 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 3/30: An alien invasion film
Spielberg is such a phenomenal director.
War of the Worlds is an exciting, emotional adventure of survival and family, which isn't exactly what I was expecting. I actually had no idea Spielberg directed this until I started watching it, so I had really, really low expectations. Aside from Alien and its sequel, I've never seen an alien movie that I thoroughly enjoyed and was a sound film, but I have to say that this one was fantastic. Most definitely not on the level of Alien, but not so bad either.
The pacing was incredible; it effectively told the story of the characters but was also quick…
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