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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!
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!
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
it makes a lot of sense that kiyoshi kurosawa loves this film
War of the Worlds is a great sci-fi thriller from Spielberg. Tom Cruise pairs up with Spielberg for
this remake/adaptation of the classic HG Wells novel. This movie is underrated, the effects are still good the acting is solid, the score is perfect. Nothing but thrills and chills.
Colin got me wanting to watch this film again and it holds up remarkably well from the attack in New York by the aliens to the scenes in the basements. I hate the feel good ending where the whole family survives but it is good film despite that. I think my favorite scene is the van scene at the dinner.
Jesus there was so much to love about this film but the actors and the characters they played destroyed any hope of me giving this more than 2 stars.
Tom Cruise is completely convincing as a space alien! i thrilled when he fought his way onto that slow-moving escape ferry en route to the safest place on earth (Boston) in this heart-thumping prequel to Battlefield Earth!
Spielberg's last great spectacle and while it is not without big flaws, it has its priorities in the right place- the spectacle, and that is where it succeeds. The set pieces feel tactile and messy, peppered with little moments that elevate them above mundane alien carnage: Cruise getting covered in human ash, the 360 degree car shot before Children of Men did it, the helpless chaos of the ferry sequence. I never approved of Spielberg's urge to stay true to the tripod design but watching it again, I was more forgiving to the idea of an alien race that is just as imperfect and strategically problematic as human beings are. Ten years ago I was quite angry that they wouldn't…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While some bemoan the "happy" deus ex machina ending of this film, I think it actually works perfectly with the way Spielberg is undercutting action expectations. Throughout the film, Tom Cruise's Ray has no plan, always escaping more out of luck than cunning. Nowhere is this more clear than in the opening action set piece when people are vaporized so close to him, that he's covered in people dust by the time he gets home. In my opinion, the ending fits perfectly with this acti-action film. Its unbelievableness and cheesiness seems in line with Artificial Intelligence or Edge of Tomorrow, an ending that comments on our expectations rather than satisfies them.
This movie is shockingly dark and relentless for a PG-13 film. I liked this movie when it was first released and re-visiting it years later made me appreciate it more. Extremely well crafted although narratively clunky in parts. A must see for fans of science fiction films.
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Probably my favorite Spielberg film, definitely my favorite Cruise film, arguably the best movie about 9/11, one of my favorites on fatherhood, a gritty, blunt, masterful action movie that doesn't rely on shaky cam, one of the most effective horror movies I've ever seen. I could shower this thing with praise endlessly.
I think people who are irritated by the ending missed the point.
War of the Worlds is a really fun sci-fi Alien film but the ending is terrible.
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