• Brett Blumenkopf

    ★★★ Rewatched by Brett Blumenkopf 26 Mar, 2015

    I hadn't seen this all the way through since it originally came out 10 years ago, and I surprisingly liked this a lot less this time. The great moments (pretty much anything involving the aliens, even the "basement search" scene, despite it being ripped straight out of Jurassic Park) are still great, the visual and sound effects remain very good, and Spielberg proves yet again that he's a master at creating memorable images. But the non-spectacle moments turn into a…

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  • Andrew McCully

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew McCully 25 Mar, 2015

    A beautifully crafted scifi masterpiece

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  • FilmApe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by FilmApe 26 Mar, 2015 3

    I was thinking about the van/crowd scene, so I figured I needed to rewatch this.

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  • mook

    ★★★★ Rewatched by mook 23 Mar, 2015 5

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

    It's been a while since I've seen this (or the original) and I think I didn't quite get what this film was trying to do when I last watched it. I guess I was expecting an 'Independence Day' style FX/Action extravaganza. Instead Spielberg takes a different and much more effective route by focusing on one family and creating a Survival Sci-Fi Disaster Movie.

    We see the events through the eyes of the three main characters, who are constantly trying to…

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  • Jordan Horowitz

    ★★★ Watched by Jordan Horowitz 16 Mar, 2015

    How do you have 70 minutes of brilliance followed by that scene in the basement that is one the stupidest scenes I've ever seen in a movie followed by a return to form followed by what actually IS the stupidest scene in the history of film (the last scene). HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN.

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  • Daniblacksmoke
  • Conrado Falco

    Watched by Conrado Falco 17 Mar, 2015

    I never saw this when it came out. Partially because people didn't seem to like it, partially cause I, like most of the world, was a little turned off by the whole Tom Cruise craziness of 2005. Having finally seen this, I'm starting to think people who didn't like this were affected more by the incidents that took place on Orpah's couch and not so much by the movie itself.

    Sure, the movie has a pretty unsatisfying ending, but then…

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  • Bradley

    ★★½ Rewatched by Bradley 16 Mar, 2015

    I hadn't watched this since it came out on DVD almost 10 years ago, so I decided to give it a watch again. I found it to be an okay popcorn flick, that feels a bit inconsistent in it's tone at times.

    The main problem I had here was the switch between some really dark and tense scenes to some crazy over the top disaster movie shit. I feel that Steven Spielberg maybe wasn't the best for this film, as…

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  • Alexander V

    ★★★ Watched by Alexander V 14 Mar, 2015

    Steven Spielberg's version of the world renowned story by H.G. Wells about the attack of Martians on the planet Earth. The destruction laid out by the Martian tripod's are pure eye candy and fun to watch. The problem with this film for me was the acting and behaviour of the kids, Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwing. Their acting and behaviour really got on my nerves and I don't know what Steven Spielberg has with annoying kids but I secretly hoped that at least one of them died.

    Unfortunately they didn't which left me but to enjoy the carnage and destruction.

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  • JJ Bersch

    Watched by JJ Bersch 11 Mar, 2015

    That thing that is bad was once very good. Looking at you, Man of Steel.

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  • Cameron Wayne Johnson

    ★★★ Watched by Cameron Wayne Johnson 10 Mar, 2015

    Steven Spielberg is finally returning to alien films, and the aliens are finally not friendly. Everyone thinks that extraterrestrials are bound to be hostile, but this film is actually pretty bogus, because Tom Cruise is so cool that I doubt he would seem even mildly vulnerable in this sort of situation even if he wasn't a Scientologist who prophesized the return of our alien overlords... or something. Tom, being simply closeted is going to get you anywhere, because Will Smith's…

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  • Goremaster

    ★★★★ Added by Goremaster

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

    Great remake of a classic scifi movie from 1953 based on the work of HG Wells. As usual in Spielberg's flicks, there are children and a lot of emphasis on family relationships.

    The Martians come in rays that activate the machines (tripods) that lay under the Earth's surface, unlike meteors in the original film.

    The scene of the big tentacle invading the house where Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and the crazy Tim Robbins are, in my opinion is one of…

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