War of the Worlds: Review – Spoilers

Featured — By on July 8, 2005 at 11:27 am

Let me begin by stating that I hate what Steven Spielberg has become and blame him for the Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay’s of the world. That being said, I went into War of the Worlds with an open mind and hoped for two things: an intelligent sci-fi movie that was plot driven and not driven by special effects, and I also hoped we’d get lucky and see Miranda Otto’s jugs. I knew the latter was an impossibility and that the former was a long shot, but I took my chances anyway.

If the movie was a scratch-off lottery ticket, none of the numbers matched and the words “Please Try Again” were written all over it. I left the theatre feeling like I had when I’d made the mistake of seeing Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes – very, very confused. I asked myself many questions regarding the plot, and I couldn’t come up with any answers. Why, if the aliens wanted to use humans for fertilizer, did they vaporize them for the first half of the movie? Why did the vaporizing guns destroy entire buildings and human bodies but leave the clothing untouched? Why did the aliens plant weapons underneath the planet’s crust millions of years ago, before man was born, in a plan to take over the planet in the future, when they could have just taken over the planet when they were there in the first place? We weren’t even created yet! If the aliens spent a million years planning this invasion, as the narrator (Morgan Freeman) tells us, why didn’t they check to see if our atmosphere would kill them? Why didn’t it kill them when they were first there? It is a truly maddening experience exploring the plotholes that have become a staple of Spielberg’s last half-dozen efforts, and a major reason why I hate what Spielberg has become. However, if you hate Tom Cruise – and many of you do – definitely check this film out. Tom Cruise attempting to throw a baseball is one of the funniest things you’ll see all summer.

Rating: 2/5 – Plotholes galore that completely take you out of the moment. The potential was there for something special, but it never comes close to delivering. For a real armageddon picture check out Testament, or if it’s an invasion you’re looking for pick up a copy of They Live.

    2 Comments

  • ericwatkins says:

    given the state of hollywood’s use of science fiction i would call this a win. with spielberg helming, tom cruise leading, and kathleen kennedy pulling the strings i couldn’t ask for much more. these people are not known for their risky filmmaking, so if i can get just one interesting twist i’m satisfied. the fact is, the last time an alien invasion was believable, orson welles was on the air. and until george w. tells me otherwise, the only invaders we have to worry about are the freedom hating french.

    which leads me to my only complaint on ‘war of the worlds’; the son should have stayed dead. once he made his choice to join ‘the war’, the audience had already accepted his death. just leave it at that, don’t return him from an unknown grave. again spielberg isn’t about to rock the boat, whether it be political or artistic, but he could at least follow the emotional map of his film closer.

    Rating: 4/5 – if you don’t see it in theaters, don’t even bother renting it. its only worth seeing on the big screen, with a tub of overpriced popcorn. that and a few decent trailers before the show. i would also recommend the following films:

    the last word in alien invasions: ‘top of the food chain’, ‘bad taste’
    end of the world flicks: ‘the quiet earth’, ‘miracle mile

  • ginandjuice88 says:

    I agree with this eric watkins character. The boy should’ve stayed dead! I mean we all saw him walk off into the fire, and die. It was bad enough that the mom was still alive but the boy too? If everyone lives it’s like the aliens didn’t even come. In most well-done sci-fi or horror movies, where alot of people die, you get a bunch of characters at the begining that you relate to and care about and then they die off one at a time, building up suspense. Where were these people?
    As for captain fantastic’s plotholes. We all know that when changing a solenoid on a 92 dodge caravan even for the best mechanic it takes a minimum of two hours. I mean come on! That i just let slide by.
    So, why did the aliens want to use humans for fertilizer? and why did they vaporize them for the first half of the movie?
    If i was running a super alien army and had the ability to vaporize my ememy knowing that there would be billions more for fertilizer, i say hell yes to you! The traps that held the humans on the tripod ships couldn’t contain everybody some people need to be vaporized.
    Why did the aliens plant weapons underneath the planet’s crust millions of years ago, before man was born, in a plan to take over the planet in the future… when they could have just taken over the planet when they were there in the first place? We weren’t even created yet!… do you need to even ask this? Let me tell you something about space travel. We all know that when we travel in space that it only seems like a short time to the person traveling but actually millions of years passed. Well the aliens came with a scout team and planted the ships looking for a new planet because their planet was dying. So they got the reconnoissance, back to there planet and got all those other aliens to come back to our planet. And when they got back here… because of space travel, it was millions of years later.
    If the aliens spent a million years planning this invasion, as the narrator (Morgan Freeman) tells us, why didn’t they check to see if our atmosphere would kill them? Why didn’t it kill them when they were first got there? It did’t kill them when they were first here, cause lifeforms evolve over millions of years and i’m sure the last time you planed a invasion you over looked one or two things, like amoebas. The atmosphere just fell through the cracks and the aliens were too busy planning the invasion, and having end of a lightyear party.
    Well hope this answers some of the questions, and i hope you use this valuable information and go see the movie again
    I would also recomend the too fast and the too furious, smokey and the bandit, the oringnal gone in 60 seconds or if you need to see tom cruise… Days of Thunder.

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