• Rembrandt Q Pumpernickel

    ★★★★ Watched by Rembrandt Q Pumpernickel 09 Jul, 2015

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

    While some bemoan the "happy" deus ex machina ending of this film, I think it actually works perfectly with the way Spielberg is undercutting action expectations. Throughout the film, Tom Cruise's Ray has no plan, always escaping more out of luck than cunning. Nowhere is this more clear than in the opening action set piece when people are vaporized so close to him, that he's covered in people dust by the time he gets home. In my opinion, the ending…

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  • Ethan Wasdovitch

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Ethan Wasdovitch 25 Jul, 2015

    This movie is shockingly dark and relentless for a PG-13 film. I liked this movie when it was first released and re-visiting it years later made me appreciate it more. Extremely well crafted although narratively clunky in parts. A must see for fans of science fiction films.

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  • Mickey Chiechi

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Mickey Chiechi 23 Jul, 2015

    CHRONOLOGICAL SPIELBERG-A-THON FILM #23:

    Probably my favorite Spielberg film, definitely my favorite Cruise film, arguably the best movie about 9/11, one of my favorites on fatherhood, a gritty, blunt, masterful action movie that doesn't rely on shaky cam, one of the most effective horror movies I've ever seen. I could shower this thing with praise endlessly.

    I think people who are irritated by the ending missed the point.

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  • t2kickassjedi

    ★★★★ Added by t2kickassjedi

    War of the Worlds is a really fun sci-fi Alien film but the ending is terrible.

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  • mfulton

    ★★★ Added by mfulton

    B-

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  • Nathan Smith

    Watched by Nathan Smith 20 Jul, 2015

    (note: i watched this for a piece i'm writing on paranoia and conspiracy in the films of steven spielberg)

    there's some laughably bad writing in this (tim robbin's entire character, morgan freeman's voiceover, the scene where tom cruise sings "little deuce coupe" as a lullaby), but damn does spielberg direct the hell out of it. there's a true sense of terror here that most disaster films don't really properly convey amid the wanton destruction. it's been said a thousand times,…

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  • Michael Raine

    ★★½ Rewatched by Michael Raine 19 Jul, 2015

    As Spielberg does so often, he completely abandons his miraculously morbid, dark interpretation of H.G. Wells masterpiece; To bring us perhaps his most illogical, unforgivably shitty ending to a film; A film that is in all honesty near perfect for a solid 70 percent of its cumulative runtime. During that 70 percent, it's honestly breathtaking. Spielberg's eye is something unrivaled when it comes to utilizing every inch of the frame, and using human perspective to conjure dread. The plot is…

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  • Louie Schuth

    ★★★★ Watched by Louie Schuth 19 Jul, 2015 2

    War of the World worked so well on me that I didn't even notice John Williams's score until the movie was practically over.

    In his review of the film, Roger Ebert asked "What happened to the sense of wonder Spielberg celebrated in Close Encounters of the Third Kind?" Ebert saw this lack of awe and wonder as a negative thing, but he missed the point completely.

    War of the Worlds is, in design and product, a perfect antithesis of one…

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  • Brent Williams

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Brent Williams 12 Jul, 2015

    Even though the Ferrier's escape certain death many, many times in ridiculous ways, War of the Worlds is still an exciting summer blockbuster with some of the best CGI that I have ever seen.

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  • laurabermejo

    ★★★★ Watched by laurabermejo 11 Jul, 2015

    Ay los efectos especiales...

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  • Bóinez

    ★★ Rewatched by Bóinez 10 Jul, 2015 4

    Ni fu ni fa.

    Con tanta lucecita que parece una película de J. J. Abrams, Spielberg se casca una película a pequeña escala (para ser él) que muestra que igual no sabe dirigir cosas intimistas.

    Es difícil interesarse por el drama familiar de Tom Cruise, el chaval y la (otrora omnipresente) Dakota Fanning. No ayuda que la película parezca más una sucesión de escenas sueltas hiladas de aquella manera, ni cosas como que el río esté lleno de cadáveres cuando…

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  • Matty Stanfield

    ★★ Rewatched by Matty Stanfield 04 Jul, 2005

    I recently saw this film again. I had not seen it since July 4th weekend of 2005.

    Back in 2005 I remember actually feeling genuinely upset by the catastrophic horror that began the movie. I think it was just a little too soon after 9/11 for me to take. It is a strange reaction, but that was mine at that time. By the time it ended I was just glade to be abel to leave the cinema and return to…

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