War of the Worlds

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War of the Worlds

Given the clampdown on timely press screenings and its star's assorted diversionary tactics, you'd suspect 'War of the Worlds'had something to hide. Yet this update of HG Wells' 1898 novel of alien attack is vintage latter-day Spielberg, re-establishing the director as reigning architect of disaster porn, unleashing a frenzy of the visible to metronomic rhythms of set-up and money shot, set-up and money shot.
Divorced bad dad Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) has his two kids for the weekend when a freak lightning storm hits his blue-collar New Jersey neighbourhood. Next, an apocalypse: the ground cracks and yawns open, the basso-groan of alien-built tripods begins a terrifying industrial symphony, and crackling beams vapourise the fleeing herds one by one, their suddenly body-less clothes borne into the air like kites. (The mass-panicked humans can pose as much a threat as their predators, as when a deranged zombie mob descends on the Ferriers' car.) Like its characters,'War'is always on the run: no time to explain the alien infrastructure or the crimson kudzu-like vines choking the landscape; when a burning train screams past, we pause to stare wordlessly at its smoking streak, then it's on to the next catastrophe. September 11 signifiers abound – in the thick film of white death-dust veiling Cruise after a narrow escape, and the Red Cross volunteer megaphoning 'We have more blood than we can use' – but any social context or family pathos (yes, Ray rises to the occasion, but so did the dread Giuliani) is thin and wobbly. Nevertheless, the film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.

By: JWin

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday July 1 2005
Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Josh Friedman, David Koepp
Cast: Tim Robbins
Dakota Fanning
Justin Chatwin
Tom Cruise
Miranda Otto

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Worth a watch if you're after a blockbuster action movie; not much to uplift the spirit here though..

tjalfe svendsen

ow and more things that is a totally fuck up. what where you thinking they specifically describe the "heatray" as invisible and they make it up in a manner that really gives this story soul WTF where you thinking going all hollywood like and saying "ow there gotta be fancy effect".. and it is a HEATray, when it hits people it burns them, it doesn't disintegrate them or puff them into dusk leaving their clothing behind, wtf ?! was it too hard to NOT leave the cloth behind ?! besides that why the F do they use lights all the time?! it is not like it is needed in daylight and it is only included in the history like twice and both times as a form of "watch" towers.. and where is all the soul of the story?! GONE i tell you, it have NO soul at all... it is like you didn't even known the story to begin with... ARG.... it is so bad it is unbelievable, only idiot that would find this good is some one that don't know better and didn't read the story or hear it at any point :S