• shaunline

    ★★★ Watched by shaunline 23 Nov, 2005

    The last time Spielberg did a blockbuster/serious double header was 1993, which brought us the incredibly entertaining Jurassic Park and the incredibly moving Schindler’s List This year’s double dip? War of the Worlds and the upcoming Munich. One can only hope that the second of these two will fulfill that legacy, because this one sure didn’t. It’s funny. I was really excited about seeing this movie in May/June. Then Tom Cruise went on Oprah, acted like a total loon, and…

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  • feedingbrett

    ★★ Rewatched by feedingbrett 28 May, 2015 7

    Terrorism have haunted our globe since the turn of the century, highlighted by the dreadful acts placed upon innocent victims, leaving a footprint of paranoia and grief within our outlook of life, hoping that such a moment would not be inflicted again; but how could we feel at ease when tensions between our nations are constantly at spiking heights, repeating potentially catastrophic threats that looms over our heads. In this position, neither side is morally outstanding as greedy agendas seem…

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  • Richard Murphy

    ★★★ Added by Richard Murphy

    Spielberg and Cruise in a blockbuster. It couldn't go wrong surely. Sadly it does. Very disappointing

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  • CinemaClown

    ★★ Watched by CinemaClown 27 May, 2015 7

    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…

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  • Taylor Yellin

    ★★★★ Watched by Taylor Yellin 27 May, 2015

    I saw about half of this movie in theaters back when it came out, but had to leave cause it was too scary for 10 year old me. It's never too late to face your fears, amirite?

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  • RunDogmaRun

    Added by RunDogmaRun

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

    The ending makes no sense with Spielberg's change: if the tripods can been on Earth the entire time, how did they not develop immunity to the bacteria? The whole point of the twist ending in the original novel is that since the invading creatures are new to Earth, they don't have millennia of resistance built up....

    But at least it's a classic opportunity for Dakota screams.

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  • Luke MacKenzie

    ★★★★ Watched by Luke MacKenzie 24 May, 2015

    It was just as good as the original.

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  • Andrew Ford

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Andrew Ford 20 May, 2015

    There deserves to be a book written about this film as Hollywood's most improbably haunting response to the events of 9/11 (hell, I might write it myself), as the imagery of the day is repurposed and expanded upon here to a degree unparalleled since.

    From the oft-mentioned sky full of ashes to a neighborhood playing host to a downed aircraft to the more abstracted specter of the human body sprayed over a landscape - the harvesting of human blood to…

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  • Sabrina Hernandez

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Sabrina Hernandez 19 May, 2015

    Not my blood!

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  • R_Cooper

    Watched by R_Cooper 16 Apr, 2015

    Tom Cruise in the dad role is a nice change of pace from his other more recent action films. (Jack Reacher, for example. Oh, honey, no. You're well past your Top Gun days, it's time to stop being the guy who gets 22 year old models as you punch your way to saving the world.)

    With the exception of the Morgan Freeman narrations bookending the film, it's solid. Cruise's performance is chilling as he accepts what he believes needs to…

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  • Joe

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Joe 10 May, 2015

    This movie is incredibly good and can stand with the best of Spielberg and Tom Cruise.

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  • Ernst_Bitterman

    ★★½ Watched by Ernst_Bitterman 22 Feb, 2006

    This film very nearly overcomes the presence of Tom Cruise (pause for a shudder), as during the whole flight from the Martians his portrayal of a panicky, worried Joe Lunchbucket dad who is monumentally out of his depth is believable to the point that one almost forgets the terrible pre-Martian segment where he’s established with excruciating insistence as a Joe Lunchbucket dad (with amazing teeth). Once the flight ends, and your warning for this is the appearance of Tim Robbins,…

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