Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
War of the Worlds
They're already here.
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…
Surprisingly dark and twisted so unlike your typical Steven Spielberg film and I love it! Spectacular Special Effects! As far as acting goes the young upstart Dakota Fanning stole the show!
I could have done without the whole bad dad, teenage angst thang but other than that I truly enjoyed the film and it has become my favorite film adaptation of H.G. Well's Novel!
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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!
The apocalypse has never been so dull.
Tom Cruise, as always, shows off his excellent running form. Dakota Fanning screams and cries a lot and is generally obnoxious. Whoever played the teenage son gives a devastating, riveting performance as a one-note angsty butthead who at first is all "I don't like you, Dad" but then is all "Actually yeah I do." That's his entire character arc.
Also featuring some of the dumbest looking aliens ever put to screen and a plot that has less meat than a Buddhist monk's bowel movement, WAR OF THE WORLDS is headache levels of boring. It's supposed to be a grand spectacle but ends up being a grand spectASSle.
oh my god that was horrible
[Originally published on Nerve.com]
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…
Tom Cruise is a terrible father who doesn't know why his son prefers his stepfather or what his daughter is allergic to. We don't quite know what he's been doing instead of fathering, but - because it's Tom Cruise, and because everyone in his industrialised neighbourhood seems to know him - we can make a pretty reasoned guess.
He's separated from his wife Miranda Otto (blink and you'll miss her) and doesn't do grocery shopping. His daughter, a Drew-Barrymore-from-ET-lookalike, loves him anyway, the way young kids who don't know any better often do. His teenage son is less forgiving and harder to access.
But none of the above matters or is any reason to see the film. The movie works…
I honestly believe this is a masterpiece from latter-day Spielberg. The family isn't lovable, instead, it is real. Cruise plays essentially his trademark maverick that is well into the reality and responsibility of adulthood. It is a brilliant revelation, especially when this brand of self centeredness is then thrust into this scenario where violent selfishness is both a huge threat to humanity and the only way for humanity to survive.
And the film progresses, the audience is whipped back and forth by the tone of the film. First, there is the natural curiosity. Even the camera seems to be treating the arrival of the alien (in one of the best sequences in Spielberg's filmography, I believe) with a seeming innocentness.…
One of the worst movies of all time.
"What is it? Is it terrorists?"
"These came from some place else."
"What do you mean, like, Europe?"
Probably one of the most mediocre films I have ever seen in a long time, which isn't a bad thing, but its something to take into consideration. The epicentre of mediocrity is Morgan Freeman's narrating.
The story takes a darker turn than the original; and Tom Cruise does a good job as the protagonist. I can't say the same about Dakota Fanning, who's dialogue only consisted of screaming and crying.
The unexpected addition of Tim Robbins was a highlight of the film for me, and his crazy character brought the film to the darkest point in it's horizon.
War of the Worlds as not as bad as I expected; Spielberg did a great job.
I have a soft spot for the big three in this film - Cruise, Fanning, and Spielberg. So I'm not an objective reporter here, but it's a solid sci-fi invasion film with a lot of emotion.
War of the Worlds
Me gusta disfrutar una invasión extraterrestre vista desde alguien "normal", no un militar, un héroe, un científico o un periodista. Me gusta el cutrerío de Cruise, un padre bastante desastroso, me encantan los efectos y algunos momentos dramáticos (la amiga que no puede entrar en el barco, el caos por conseguir un coche).
Pero, aparte de lo que me cargan la niña que se pasa gritando todo el rato y el hijo adolescente atontado, hay algo que no me acaba de enganchar, como si le faltara corazón al conjunto, como si todo hubiera sido muy pensado y prefabricado...
Can't help but like it. Effects are good. Legit scary. Morgan Freeman voice over. Win.
Mediocre movie that isn't very entertaining.
I just didn't see how a lot of it made any sense. All electrical items are shot, nah this guys camera still works. Super advanced aliens, nah just sneak by them cause they can't hear.
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