War of the Worlds [Blu-ray]
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The film is a white knuckle ride right up until the missing third act, when the movie ends so abruptly I thought I had been sent a defective DVD with about 6 chapters missing. But no, Spielberg sticks to Wells' original ending, which was scientifically innovative when he wrote it but is totally lame now. Surely the writers could have tried to refresh this story with a more interesting denouement, perhaps based on what happens after mankind's amazingly lucky reprieve, followed by the return of the clued-up aliens after we had mastered their technology?
After the adrenalin rush recedes only irritating questions remain: why haven't the aliens heard how the story 'War of the World' ends and brought cold remedies with them? Given that they rely on humans as food, why does their primary weapon vaporize people and spare their clothes (when the oppposite would be so much more convenient)? Why does Cruise watch a TV broadcast of how the tripods are systematically wiping out major cities and then decide the safest thing to do is... head for a major city?
What I like about this movie is the point of view.Read more ›
The director also paid tribute to producer George Pal's 1953 Technicolor classic by using a similar "probe" into the basement occupied by Cruise and daughter Fanning, the destruction of a church, an American setting, and a brief appearance by the earlier film's stars: Gene Barry and Ann Robinson.
There are many tense scenes, making this film not quite suitable for younger audiences. The sound is loud and abrasive, befitting the on-screen destruction. Surprisingly, John Williams's score is quite subtle and, on occasions, is barely audible.
Actingwise, Cruise, contrary to his behavior off-screen, asserts himself well as the estranged father of two kids who must now do all that he can to save his children, as well as himself. Fanning's strong performance shows why she is one of most popular child performers today. And Robbins is appropriately creepy as the man with the plan to bring down the invaders.
While megahit "Independence Day" toured similar ground, "War of the Worlds" is more the work of a master storyteller and his name is Steven Spielberg.
That alone makes it a film not to be missed!
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Arrived fast, packaged perfectly, no scratches on CD, always loved this movie. 5 stars.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I rented this on amazon prime because I checked redox and walmart and both were out. I this is by far an awesome movie. We just bought a 4k tv and this was so fun to watch on it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Alexa lewis
Honestly, I was a bit disappointed as I hoped the blu-ray disc would be better. I really like the movie and the special effects are great, but the blu-ray really was no better.Published 26 days ago by Bill B.
Steven Spielberg does it again with another terrific film, remaking George Pal's classic War Of The Worlds. Read morePublished 28 days ago by William Ajello
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