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!
ONE OR TWO SPOILERS
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…
Not as bad as I remember, but not exactly memorable.
I love this film. It was entertaining and so much fun to watch. Tom cruise always did an incredible job. Love this film.
I could really do without all the family drama stuff but I gotta say, I love an alien invasion movie! I'll watch all of 'em all the time! Love watching aliens being mean. The opening sequence is cool though BTW.
The noise the aliens make (phuwaaaaaaaarrrrrrrr) still shakes me up!
This is a great first half movie and then a Spielberg does over sentimentality second half.
Dakota Fanning stole the show and shows what brilliant acting really is. A creepy remake of a classic film and a good watch.
Ok to start off, I use to watch this all the time when I was younger. Yes I was frightened, but at the same time amazed! I have goosebumps all the way through this movie everytime I watch it.
To this day it is still one of my favourite movies of all time! I think it is Tom Cruise's proformance that really makes the movie! Along with Dakota Fanning who was also really great, for a child actor. The relationship between the two charactors was really touching.
The effects on the other hand were pretty amazing! The tri-pods looked real at some points! and dont even get me started on the score!! The score was freakin intense and just soo good!! Probably my favourite musical score!
If you haven't seen this movie, please take my word for it, watch it!! You will not be disappointed!
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.
An effective and very imaginative variation than an adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel, some scenes even reach Hieronymous Bosch intensity.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Engrossing presentation of a generally well-adapted source novel. A recent exchange with my pal Vic made me want to revisit this, and I'm glad I did. I'm a Spielberg devotee, and alla ya'll haters out there can go get vaporized if you're not down with that. Spielberg's typical themes of families (especially fathers and sons) form the emotional anchor here in adapting H.G. Well's tale of Martian invaders. Here, Spielberg proves again that he's basically peerless at this kind of spectacle, with particularly strong work in set pieces involving aliens creeping through a basement, the initial arrival of the Martians, and a hillside battle that we only catch tantalizing glimpses of.
If there's a weak link here, it's Tom Cruise.…
Underrated much? I say that because this is one of the few Spielberg movies that no one really talks about, and when they do talk about it it's mostly negative remarks and I really don't get it because I thought this was a very suspenseful and well paced alien invasion movie and I really don't think the ending is as bad as some people think, convenient? Yeah I can agree on that but still I found it entertaining, anyway I really enjoyed the movie and think it deserves way more credit than it gets.
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