One of the best cinematic grapplings with 9/11, and because of its localized, personal storytelling, also among the best disaster movies. The driving force is a family drama, as Tom Cruise's weekend of custody with his children occurs at the exact wrong time, namely, the invasion of earth by destructive alien beings. While all disaster epics carry some form of human story, this one distinguishes itself by focusing so strongly on their perspective. Where most blockbusters would fixate on battles…
Has not been exactly a lifetime, but this film still holds up well.
I'm not sure what the general consensus is on Spielberg's War of the Worlds, but the cynic in me assumes that it is probably negative. Regardless of whether my assumption is correct or not - I fucking love this film. It is, by far, my favourite Tom Cruise role, and as far as I remember, it's my favourite Spielberg directed movie too. I hypothesize that my love for War of the Worlds is rooted in its centrality to my teenage…
Enjoyed best when you take a shot everytime Dakota Fanning shrieks like a pony who just overdosed on ketamine.
At times it's bloody thrilling with some superbly staged setpieces but Spielberg's update of HG Wells beloved sci-fi tome is far too flawed to be remembered as a classic.
With this version of War of the Worlds, spectacle is its saving grace; the tipping over of the ferry is equally stunning and terrifying. Unfortunately, the script fails to offer any surprises…
não sei muito o que pensar e dizer sobre esse tipo de filme, e isso não costuma ser algo bom, pois quando isso acontece em geral é por que é o tipo de filme que fica em cima do muro, não é tão bom quanto poderiamos supor pelas credenciais dos envolvidos, spielberg, tom cruise, mas também é bem acima da média dos filmes ruins que a gente topa por aí... o espetáculo visual é fascinante, aquele terror que o steven…
Science Fiction and Steven Spielberg are a match made in heaven. War of the Worlds is Spiely at his best, with Tom Cruise doing his usual Tom Cruise impersonation; very well, I might add.
With the destruction of the Bayonne bridge in NJ being one of the best shots committed to film, it really does make the hairs on your balls tingle.
However, I do ever so wish Dakota Fanning's Rachel was killed off; screaming, whiny little brat.
Steven Spielberg’s dark as pitch re-imagining of Well’s novel is my pick for strongest post-9/11 film so far. Do the aliens hate us for our freedoms too? By using the safe confines of a sci-fi genre classic (and the even safer confines of a summer blockbuster), Spielberg gives the most searing indictment of American depravity that I saw on-screen all decade.
A broken family, through on-the-spot resourcefulness (good ol’ American know-how), steals one of the tent pegs of the American…
War of the Worlds is a visual masterpiece that is, unfortunately, accompanied by a lackluster plot with annoying characters. Tom Cruise is as likable and easy to root for as ever, but Chatwin and Fanning are in the running for most annoying child characters of all time.
The plot itself starts strong, with an intriguing opening and jaw-dropping set pieces, but then stalls into an ending that comes out of nowhere and completely under-delivers.
This is a shame, because Spielberg…
Extra-terrestrial attack reconfigured to post-9/11 US; Spielberg challenges, but also excites. Beautifully shot by Kamiński. #see
Visuals: I loves the over all look of this film. For some reason I felt very engaged, just by its color and great production design.
Acting: Tom Cruise is a good actor and is established here as a very unlikable character, but somehow we grow to like him. The children are good here as well. Very believable family dynamic.
Story: It may be a cliché setup, using the torn family concept, but it worked here and I was…
I hadn't seen this movie since I watched it in the cinema in 2005. I remember not being very keen on it.
After watching it for the second time I was pleasantly surprised. Spielberg did a great job adapting the classic story of martians invading Earth and attempting to wipe humanity from the face of the earth.
Tom Cruise plays Ray, a washed up single dad who is totally disengaged from his kids and is a total loser. Ray has…
That one part where he runs and god is narrating.