War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

Blu-ray Disc - 2005
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A working class man in New Jersey tries to protect his troubled family from invading aliens.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, 2005
Edition: High definition
ISBN: 9781415754016
1415754012
9786313571628
6313571622
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (117 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm

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stevenlavigne1
Jan 28, 2021

The War of the Worlds is a fascinating story and a marvelous book. In Steven Spielberg's retelling, following Morgan Freeman's delivery of the introduction by H. G. Wells, the story shifts to the docks in New Jersey, where Tom Cruise plays a construction worker trying to save his family from an alien invasion. The aliens are never identified, and they come from under the ground, growing into tall tripodic metal creatures bent on destruction. This begins a festival co-starring Cruise's favorite performer, CGI. Whenever the picture slows down to tell the basic story it's a dud, because there's no real center and certainly no heart. Dakota Fanning, as Cruise's daughter, shrieks her way through her dialogue.

We never find out why the aliens have landed and the ending is a dud! The 1953 version may not be very good, but it's got a heart! If you like this sort of thing, go for it. If you want a Spielberg movie with a heart, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind are far better than this bundle of empty noise!

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akirakato
Mar 15, 2020

Directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005 loosely based on the similarly-titled novel by H. G. Wells, this American SF drama depicts the struggle of a dock worker who looks after his children during the invasion of the aliens.
Although visual effects appear super-duper, the storyline seems predictable and lacks gripping twists and turns.
In any case, one of the enjoyable entertaining pieces.

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illy
Jun 26, 2019

***** SPOILER ALERT *****
Tom Cruise's character Ray calmly blindfolds his daughter, tells her to sing a lullaby to herself, has her cover her ears, then he goes into another room where a man has his back to Ray. Ray closes the door behind him. When Ray emerges, his head is bloody. The other man is never seen again. This (implied) killing was not accidental or unavoidable. They were not held prisoners and could have left at any time. Premeditated murder by Ray against a man who sheltered Ray and his daughter. Then Ray got to live happily ever after at the end of the movie. Steven Spielberg had supposedly spent years planning this movie, and this was the best he could do?

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EvanSchoenfeld
Apr 24, 2019

Big budget, lightweight entertainment. It’s effective in spots, but narrow escapes get tedious after many repetitions. The depiction of extraterrestrials as evil and slimy was offensive: When they destroy the world it’s a terrible thing but when we do it’s no big deal. I find such tribal morality irritating.
I wonder if the library would purchase the 1953 George Pal version? For those who can handle special effects from a bygone era, a superior film.

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yesbyedith
Mar 20, 2019

Well adapted. People forget the end was written that way. Updated to current times.
Girl is great screamer...
Also, the guy is point of view, so action is just to see more places.

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mustang351c
Nov 15, 2018

This particular adaptation of the HG Wells classic uses the martian invasion as a really good metaphor for the things encroaching upon modern Western society; Communist/Leftist incursion that has been going on in Western universities and media since the 1930's (at least), the cultural jihad of islam quietly creeping it's way in and now becoming more active and problematic, and of course the homosexual undermining of the Catholic Church (and more broadly other Christian denominations) through something called Liberation Theology (it's roots and cause originating in Latin America and going back to the days of Stalin) meant to turn out the Church and use it to destroy it's host countries.
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Very subtle and very effective messaging.
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Good movie, two thumbs way up!

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Candona
Nov 03, 2018

I agree with a lot of the more negative comments already made. At least the movie retains major elements of the original story rather than do the typical Hollywood thing and take a title and then make a completely unrecognizable movie story line. This may account for the somewhat "flat" ending another person noted. I'm really surprised I don't remember having seen the movie before this but maybe I have and "forgettable" is correct.

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patch666
Apr 02, 2018

over done and horrible !!! Tom Cruise terrible as always ~

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Weird, should have been better.

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jimg2000
Jun 23, 2014

An adaptation of H. G. Wells's [The War of the Worlds] which is less credible in modern times, but held up well by special effects.

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Arattay
Oct 04, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The tripods blast human blood at everything

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badwolf18
Mar 09, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: some sences are disterbing and a little gross.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Robbie Ferrier: What is it? Is it terrorists?

Ray Ferrier: These came from some place else.

Robbie Ferrier: What do you mean, like, Europe?

Ray Ferrier: No, Robbie, not like Europe!

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jimg2000
Jun 23, 2014

Opening narrative: No one would have believed in the early years of the 21 st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own. That as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet, across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us ...

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