War of the Worlds (2005)
Based on the sci-fi book by H.G. Wells, the War of the Worlds is about what would happen if aliens came to earth to conquer. The story revolves around Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) and his 2 kids. One afternoon an odd, rainless, thunderstorm forms which sees lightning strike the same place multiple times. Not long after, an alien tripod rises up out of the ground and begins to wreak havoc on the people of Earth. Humans must take shelter and hide to save their lives since there appears to be no solution to stop the tripods.
I’ve often wondered, with all the movies I see, what would ACTUALLY happen if hostile aliens came to Earth and tried to conquer mankind. After seeing War of the Worlds, I’m convinced this is what will happen. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil the ending, but this is the most realistic outcome I’ve ever seen in an alien invasion story. Steven Spielberg is my favorite director and War of the Worlds entertains on many levels. It has great special effects, a decent amount of suspense and, just as I said above, a great story. Having said that, there are 2 issues I have with the movie. They happen to be the 2 kids in the story. I’m pretty sure the “teenage boy with the attitude” will turn into “scared little boy” with the threat of an alien invasion to the point he will follow and listen to his dad. Secondly, whose idea was it to have Dakota Fanning scream her ass off the whole movie??? That was really annoying and nerve-racking (which I guess was the point, but still). It might not compare with Spielberg’s earlier works, War of the Worlds is a good film by a great director/story-teller. Co-starring Tim Robbins, Justin Chatwin and Miranda Otto.
8/10 Stars – Not the best work from Spielberg, but even “good” from him is better than “great” from others.
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