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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

All You Need to Know About... War of the Worlds

Movie: War of the Worlds
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: HG Wells (novel); Josh Friedman (screenplay)
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Website: http://www.waroftheworlds.com/
Characters:
Tom Cruise: Ray Ferrier
Dakota Fanning: Rachel
Justin Chatwin: Robbie
Tim Robbins: Harlan Ogilvy
Rick Gonzalez: Vincent
Yul Vazquez: Julio
Lenny Venito: Manny the Mechanic

Plot: Ray Ferrier is a working class man living in New Jersey. He's estranged from his family, his life isn't in order, and he's too caught up with himself. But the unthinkable and, ultimately, the unexpected happens to him in an extraordinary sense. His small town life is shaken violently by the arrival of destructive intruders: Aliens which have come en masse to destroy Earth. As they plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must come to the defense of his children. As the world must fend for itself by a new and very advanced enemy not of this world, it's inhabitants must save humanity from a far greater force that threatens to destroy it.

Comments: I’ve heard good and I’ve heard bad. And ultimately, the challenge with this movie is suspending all thoughts about “crazy TomKat” to focus on the film itself.

The cinematography of this film was wonderful, lots of amazing wide shots. The scene where Cruise comes out of the basement, and stands, dazed in a field of entrails and blood was chilling. That scene is imprinted on my mind. On the character development side, I enjoyed the dynamic of Tom Cruise as father to the ever amazing Dakota Fanning (how can you not love this child!?).

However, I’m not generally a fan of big production (ah, did you read my review of The Island??!), and this movie was no exception, other than it definitely delivered on the suspense. At the end of the day, it was a Hollywood blockbuster film that over-delivered on the action and not only gave us a hideous Hollywood ending, but failed to do enough with the story. It was one, long chase scene, just like The Island.

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