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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…
This is probably one of my biggest guilty pleasure movies.
I remember watching this over and over as a kid, and whenever it came on on television I would immediately watch it. It was great in my eyes. I loved every bit of this movie. It made me feel so much intense emotions as a child that even to this day I can still get those same emotions. Probably not to the extent as they were before, but nonetheless, they're still there.
I loved engulfing myself in the atmosphere, and I really liked Dakota Fanning in this movie. She was my favorite character at the time, and still is even if now sometimes I'd find her a bit annoying. I…
seriously so good. like it had the lame oscar movie parts but it had a lot of really original and skillfully crafted parts that were gr8 too. the sets and shots/camera work were beeuteefull and pretty killer!
best part: storytelling people goin fuckin crazy n how one thing leads to the next really fast and things get too hot 2 handle. the mov really took it's time w/ showing people just go n lose their minds and make it interesting.
worst part: dumb kids. the kids did fine @ playing "oscar kids" and did all the classic annoying kid things and i can accept that 2 annoying kid characters were part of the story but that doesn't mean i'm not…
Grand scope of a sci-fi film which starts off great and thrilling but becomes a bit muddled up as it progresses, and some of the performances are not very good. Cruise, Fanning and Robbins all deliver good performances though and with the good effects especially from the start of the film make it for an enjoyable alien invasion film.
Steven Spielberg's take on H. G. Wells' well-known disaster novel about an alien invasion. War Of The Worlds twists things up by telling the story from the perspective of a divorced father of two, and but for a couple of key elements, it would've been mind-blowing.
The film starts off pretty strong by setting an old-school atmosphere and introducing the character, while also throwing a few hints for what's to come. It's once we get to the first on-screen outburst that things get really exciting though, as the whole sequence is exceptionally-executed, with semi-looks at the actual threat - mostly through objects that work as mirrors, and the panic of such situations being perfectly depicted. Tom Cruise works exquisitely-well throughout…
Better than I thought it would be. This film was really good, the first act was amazing and the rest was also great but not as strong. Tom Cruise was good and definently one of his better performances. The writing for Justin Chatwin's character was terrible and his performance wasn't very good either. He wants to see the military fight the aliens for some reason and says that he has to because... I donno. If his character wasn't in this movie and if some things here and there were fixed then this would be a great film but I would say that it's a really good movie with a lot of great scenes
Some scenes at the end of the movie are messy, some of the characters aren't nearly as interesting as Cruise's, but the grand scope of the movie and the sci-fi/adventure vibe it has pays off and makes this a pretty enjoyable film.
Very much worth the rewatch. (Thanks scary movie 4)
Quite the classy adaptation/remake.
Better in many ways than I remember, but a lot of the coolest and most Spielberg moments make absolutely no sense.
Pretty clearly a post 9-11 film eh?!
Also just how he get that blooming highlights look. Lenses or film stock?
Also how the hell is the son still alive at the end?!!
One of the best post-9/11 blockbusters.
I love seeing actors who usually star in extraordinary roles play Average-Joe characters in extraordinary circumstances. I love Tom Cruise in this. I love how creepy it actually is. I love Steven Spielberg. I love this film!
I remember how I felt when I first saw it at the cinema, and damn, Tom Cruise in that leather jacket. That's all I'm gonna say.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!