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War of the Worlds

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They drink us and spray us?

    I've loved the 1953 movie version of War of the Worlds since I first saw it, and I have the DVD as well. I've also heard and enjoyed Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast. But when the Spielberg version was released, I really had no interest in seeing it. Two reasons: (1) I didn't think it could top the 1953 version (as it turns out, it doesn't), and (2) Tom Cruise. However, when someone whose tastes run similar to mine recently told me it was pretty good, I bought the DVD. Well, some of it *was* pretty good. And some of it was pretty bad. My first viewing left me with mixed feelings, likely due to my high expectations. So I watched it again, and enjoyed it more the second time. As has been noted in other reviews, the special effects are rather spectacular. But to me, some of them had a superimposed look, although I'm pretty sure all the effects were CGI. From a technical standpoint, my favorite scene is the one on the freeway early in the film. Ray (Cruise) and company have appropriated the only functional vehicle and are weaving at high speed through miles of dead cars. The camerawork in this scene is nothing short of amazing. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about the screenplay. Some of the dialog is actually laughable. For instance, during that same freeway scene, Ray's son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) asks if terrorists are responsible for the melee. Then Ray says: "This came from someplace else." Robbie: "What do you mean? Like Europe?" Later, in Ogilvy's (Tim Robbins) basement, Ogilvy -- referring to the aliens -- tells Ray: "They drink us then they spray us." Ohhhh noooo. Contrary to what many have said, I don't think Dakota Fanning screams too much at all. If that stuff were happening to me, I'd be screaming, too. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson (the stars of the 1953 version) were given cameo roles in this version. I think that's a nice touch. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I won't go into the plot's gaping holes and rampant illogic. Let's just say that the movie requires suspension of disbelief in a big way. This isn't the best movie I've ever seen, nor is it the worst. Despite its flaws, I do think it's worth seeing, particularly if you like Tom Cruise and lots of eye candy. It's even better if you can get it at a bargain price. Just be sure to check your expectations and logic at the door, and try not to think too much as you watch it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome effects, but bad story

    Although I loathe Tom Cruise and what he has to say about Psychiatry, I have to admit he did a good job as a dead beat dad. I loved Spielberg's direction, especially in the cellar scene with Tim Robbins, but all the effects and great directing can't save what is basically a flawed script. The way the invasion occurred just makes no sense. The original movie had more plausability to it, but the writers seemed to have jettisoned this in favor of something less believable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad, but not great

    Although this movie was nowhere near as bad as the ridiculous and laughable "Independence Day", it was not great. It had its high points, such as the scene in Tim Robbins' basement where they are trying to avoid the probes, but overall, it left me thinking that there should have been more. All this build-up and all the buildings and overpasses being destroyed, and it ends as quickly as it does with very little plausibility. Like most Spielberg films, it is long on visual and short on mental.

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    Posted July 8, 2010

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