• Ben Riley

    ★★★★½ Watched by Ben Riley 04 Oct, 2015 4

    "Is that the terrorists?"

    One of the best and most intelligent works of Spielberg's late era career, a wickedly cynical and bleak indictment of post 9/11 America. A series of impeccably staged, merciless alien set pieces are punctuated by scenes of familial breakdown, paranoia, and humans eating each other alive due to fear. The crises itself is terrifying, but it isn't half as bad as our total inability to understand it or respond adequately. And while I think Cruise's progression…


  • Noah Levy

    ★★★★½ Added by Noah Levy

    The film that Spielberg’s War of the Worlds most resembles is Godzilla (2014). In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gareth Edwards took as much inspiration from this as he did from Gojira. Like Godzilla, War of the Worlds is about the human race encountering an otherworldly threat of a scale that we cannot even begin to comprehend. But unlike Godzilla, War of the Worlds manages to feel vast and wide, and intimate, personal and claustrophobic at the same time.…


  • Adam_Zanzie

    ★★★★★ Added by Adam_Zanzie

    Now that it's been 10 years and Cruise's antics on Oprah and the Today Show are long behind us, I sure hope everybody is ready to re-evaluate this film for what it is: a ferocious, kinetically-charged masterpiece. Aside from the modern-day American setting, it remains true to the spirit of H.G. Wells -- even down to the happy ending. When Ray and Robbie reunite at the end, it's just as improbable to them as it is to many who watch…


  • Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Daniel Charchuk 27 Oct, 2006

    One of the scariest blockbusters in years, and definitely one of the most awe-inspiring. From the get-go, this is not a typical alien invasion film, as there are no wide shots of famous landmarks, nor scenes of government figures discussing counter-attacks. By focusing on just one family, Spielberg makes this a very human and emotional invasion flick. The first hour or so is fantastic film-making, as the suspense gradually builds up to the action scenes, the interaction of the characters…


  • zach parker

    Rewatched by zach parker 17 Sep, 2015 5

    - this is one of cinematographer Janusz Kaminski's most unwatchable pictures done for Spielberg. Seriously. Kaminski and his blind devotion to the ENR process and its blobs of blacks and washed out lights is distracting. obviously in "War of the Worlds," he and Spielberg are being consistent in anticipation of recreating an old gimmick (the girl in the red coat in "Schindler's List") by frosting everything so the greens and reds pop when Cruise exits house to find the red…


  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Rizki Fachriansyah 17 Sep, 2015 2

    I can only think of one other film that I've obsessively rewatched and studied as frequently as War of the Worlds. It's Jurassic Park.

    This film truly is an astoundingly layered work that always presents something new every time I return to it. Family drama, survival story, disaster tale, science fiction, 21st century terrorism parable - War of the Worlds possesses such a wealthy trove of ideas that constantly changes how I perceive it as a whole. It never bores…


  • Brandon Sawyer

    Rewatched by Brandon Sawyer 18 Jul, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don’t think I really noticed or appreciated this until Edge of Tomorrow, but Tom Cruise is not afraid to let us hate his characters. Ray isn’t just a rascal, or a Guy With a Problem who has temper trouble when he drinks or something. He’s a rotten dad, and a selfish human being. And I love how willing middle-aged Tom Cruise is to explore what happens when all those young Tom Cruise characters (“You’ll let me do anything because…


  • William Kretschmer

    ★★★½ Rewatched by William Kretschmer 22 Aug, 2013

    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.

    On second view: I still find it exciting.


  • BennyWestside

    ★★★ Added by BennyWestside

    I don't know about you, but for me, this doesn't feel like a Steven Spielberg blockbuster film.


  • Chris Robertson

    ★★★★ Watched by Chris Robertson 09 Sep, 2015

    Just Watched W.O.W, pretty good. Tom cruise is hilarious by the set pieces are great, that annoying emo kid is annoying as frick doe. Gets a B+ from me

    Grade: B+
    Score: 8.9
    Stars: 4/5


  • WolfBoy

    ★★★★ Watched by WolfBoy 10 Sep, 2015

    Spielberg goes for all out destruction in this epic sci-fi drama. The films strongest aspect is the real sense of danger that the characters find themselves in, there are so great tense and scary moments within the story.
    Cruise is fantastic in the lead role, but it's the characters of the two children that bring this down just a little, they're both hugely unlikable and annoying. I also would have liked to have seen a more fleshed out ending, after 2 hours of running and screaming, the film just ends and wraps in 5 minutes.


  • Ēriks Beķers

    ★★★★ Watched by Ēriks Beķers 03 Sep, 2015

    A mostly brilliant piece of auteur cinema that examines the overwhelming power of terror and panic, masquerading as a Tom Cruise blockbuster.