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.
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!
[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…
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
One of my favorite Spielberg films.
I never really understood what many complained about concerning this film. It's structured beautifully-it's suspenseful-the effects are terrific-it's not your typical Sci-Fi film-they didn't spend the entire film showing us fighting these aliens-it focuses on a dysfunctional family and their fight for survival and through their journey rediscover their unconditional love for each other.
I adore Spielberg's camera work in this film-there are hundreds of amazing shots-numerous sequences that through the brilliant use of digital effects come off as one shots that dazzle the eye.
The score is fantastic-from the opening notes to the finale-great score.
Tom Cruise does a wonderful job-a man who finds the hero within himself-not the most responsible Father but…
Whoever casts Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin as Tom Cruise's kids should never work again. Those two completely ruined this film. The whole first half of the movie is them being annoying little bitches to Tom Cruise, one of the film's few highlights. The film butchers the source material, turning it into an uninspired family drama. If Spielberg didn't make the god awful War Horse or 1941, this would easily be his worst film.
If Steven Spielberg was indeed, as it has been stated, attempting to make his way back into fun blockbusters the sort of Raiders of the Lost Ark, then War of the Worlds is not correct approach to such a set goal. Hardly an awful movie but one that lacks any magic, fascination, excitement or touches of brilliance that is present in every Steven Spielberg classics, War of the Worlds is one of the director’s weakest films.
Tom Cruise returns following his work with Spielberg on Minority Report, a brilliant film that contained energy from Cruise despite his weak performance. Here, Cruise portrays an estranged father attempting to reconcile with his two children as an alien invasion occurs, therefore becoming a…
A decent retelling of H.G. Wells' story. Spielberg's direction is solid. The kids in the movie ruined it for me though...
Fun action movie with good special effects.
Buena peli pochoclera, tiene muy buenos condimentos, muy inteligentemente puestos. Es casi como algo q nos anima desde un planeamiento casi cientifico, de ese modo estan concebidas estas peliculas, pero es verdad q hay algunas mejores q otras, esta es una de las buenas.
Deriving most of its power from its magical source material, Spielberg's adaptation of H.G. Wells's classic novel is both emotionally affecting and visually arresting, with a strong cast to match.
ive seen this film many times before and i quite enjoy it, but what really bugs me, is that everything (directing, acting, and, story) is spot on. all except tom cruise. cruise is a fantastic actor dont get me wrong, though his portrayal as a failing father, some times spot on, is really awful and thats the large part of this film. speilberg is a awesome director, cruise is a fine actor and all summed up this film is magnificent.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Steven Spielberg has crafted one of his most horrific nightmares with War of the Worlds, an unrelenting disaster pic that brings the genre to a bruised, post-9/11 world. With imagery taken straight from history's darkest days, the master storyteller goes against his crowd-pleasing genes and delivers a harrowing tale of survival as only he could. Spielberg and America's favorite crazy man, Tom Cruise, follow up the inspired but bloated Minority Report with a surprisingly efficient picture that's as succinct in its running time as it is in its scares. Made under the gun with less than a year of production behind it, there's an energy to the $128 million film that hasn't been found in the famed director's work for…
One of Spielberg's best films, full stop. In my top 5 easily. For once, Spielberg's aliens are evil and without a care in the world.
Some great action sequences and a very human story. Despite a weak ending, the majority of the film is tense, dramatic and full of allusions to the then-recent 9/11 attacks. It's an interesting commentary if you look at it as such.
Sorry, but I love this movie. I know so many people who hate it, and I can't figure out why. I like to believe it's because Tom Cruise is the star, and people hate him, but... I still don't get it. As a person he seems... eh. But I think he's a pretty good actor. Anyway, I think this movie is f**king scary. Like, if I were in that situation, I would probably just commit suicide. Lol. I couldn't mentally handle it. I think it's well made, well acted, and well scored. And the sound FX! Aahhh! Lol. I'm already paranoid.
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