• Luke McGowan

    ★★ Added by Luke McGowan

    Tom Cruise can wince and wail all he wants, but he can't make up for Dakota Fanning's endless screaming or Justin Chatwin's very existence.

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  • KillerBOB

    ★★★ Watched by KillerBOB 16 Jul, 2005

    R12
    Monte

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  • Cinematic Justice

    ★★★★ Watched by Cinematic Justice 31 Jul, 2005

    Spielberg's adaptation captures the spirit of the source material. And it performed dramatically better with critics than with audiences, which is usually a sign that I'll like it. My only real complaint is it could've used a stronger ending. I realize it's the same ending as the novel and many subsequent adaptations, but it felt a bit out of place given the more immersive approach Spielberg was taking here.

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  • Matt Wooldridge

    ★★★ Watched by Matt Wooldridge 30 Jun, 2005 2

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

    My feelings for this movie can best be summed up with this statement: I don't want to buy the soundtrack.

    I’ve collected every Williams score to every Spielberg action movie, but this just doesn't do it for me. Hey, I had a cool time watching this flick, but was it summer tentpole material? Almost.

    Spielberg deliberately holds back with the spectacle here. We’ve seen so many disaster movies, natural or invasion, that he didn't want to cover that territory. So…

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  • James Clark

    ★★★ Watched by James Clark 08 Jan, 2015

    When freak lightening storms begin hitting various locations around Earth, the human race soon realises that they are not natural occurrences.

    Here we have the Hollywood SF blockbuster based on the classic SF novel by HG Wells. The setting is changed to modern day USA and even though it uses a lot of ideas from the original novel, it tells a quite a different story. The storyline starts off very well, but as things move along it does begin to…

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  • Colleen McAleer

    ★½ Added by Colleen McAleer

    not into watching tom cruise be an abusive father to one child and just a bad dad to the other for 2 hours

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  • Jabba Hutt

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Jabba Hutt 01 Jan, 2015

    It takes the concept of a movie like "Signs" and then places you in suburban New York City when the world comes collapsing down. It's intense at points, and also quite funny and touching - but the movie's key element is how it depicts the alien invasion. We witness a cosmic battle from the ground level, and we're forced along with a single dad and his two estranged children as they leave New Jersey and head around NYC to get…

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  • tjeckz

    ★★★ Added by tjeckz

    21st Century adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel has everyman Ray Ferrier, taking care of his two children for the weekend, evading enormous, alien killing machines while trying to reunite his children with his ex-wife. The film does a great job of capturing the mass hysteria that would undoubtedly accompany such a world-shattering event. Tim Robbins is extremely creepy in his role as a maniac determined to fight the aliens. A strong film, despite some unlikely Hollywoodizations.
    Oscar Nominations for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.

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  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Adrian Zachow 26 Dec, 2014

    Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Well's novel is tuned for the world post-9/11. As the alien invaders wreak havoc, fleeing masses bring to mind the televised chaos and confusion following the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, whilst clouds of human ash and clothes falling from the sky are eerily allegorical of the Jewish Holocaust. Amid the turmoil, Tom Cruise tries to save his ten year old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and teenage son's life (Justin Chatwin). Awe…

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  • Jason Coyle

    ★★½ Rewatched by Jason Coyle 22 Dec, 2014

    A woeful final act undermines some great work that went before.

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  • jacksonclark

    Watched by jacksonclark 15 Dec, 2014

    I honestly believe this is a masterpiece from latter-day Spielberg. The family isn't lovable, instead, it is real. Cruise plays essentially his trademark maverick that is well into the reality and responsibility of adulthood. It is a brilliant revelation, especially when this brand of self centeredness is then thrust into this scenario where violent selfishness is both a huge threat to humanity and the only way for humanity to survive.
    And the film progresses, the audience is whipped back and…

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  • Phil Sternwise

    ½ Added by Phil Sternwise

    One of the worst movies of all time.

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