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War of the Worlds
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Directed By
Steven Spielberg

Written By:
David Koepp

Tom Cruise, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin

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War of the Worlds (2005)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
December 20th, 2007

Present score-Aliens:1 billion.....Humans:0

OK...This is going to be more like a critique rather than a review. I like doing things this way. If anyone wants to read a review on this movie there are about 10 of 'em to choose from.

For starters I want to say that WOTW is one impressive disaster film. The visual effects are absolutely startling. (Who could argue with that!?) I watched WOTW on a 13" TV set and I was still over-whelmed. But really I think that a more appropriate title for this movie could have been 'War On Our World'.

From my point of view it sure seems corny-to-the-max that this alien invasion just happened to take place on an American holiday,the 4th of July. (How dare those beastly aliens ruin our holiday celebrations) It's just like the film Independence Day where that invasion also fell on the same day. The coincidence is just too stupid for words.

It really surprised me that the Tom Cruise character in this flick(for once)wasn't the 'Big' hero. He was kinda like a non-hero. Tom Cruise(Ray)sure did a lot of hiding from the aliens,just like everyone else. Who could really blame anybody for that. In a sense,though,Ray did abandon his own son,but that was his son's doing. Ray's only heroics were in regards to his daughter,Rachael. I guess,judging by Ray's character here,trying to protect at least one of his kids was about all the hero that he could be.

When I consider how 'advanced' the aliens were supposed to be with their mind-boggling technology and weaponry it doesn't make any sense that they were wiped out by an earth virus. With all the planning that they must have made in preparation for this massive invasion,surely they would've,literally, taken 'everything' into consideration. The fact that it looked to me like these aliens were walking around naked and they didn't protect themselves from any sort of contamination from a foreign environment makes them appear to be even stupider than those bungling idiot-aliens from that inept sci-fi classic 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'. Was this invasion 'Plan 10' ? And,on top of this,I don't see how the earthlings managed to avoid picking up a deadly virus from the aliens in return.

The weakest point of WOTW is in the final narration where this dead-serious voice comes on and claims that it was 'god's' tiniest creation(the virus) that saved us from total annihilation. That is so wimpy,it makes me want to puke. What the hell does 'god' have to do with this invasion!?? If god really existed and had any hand in this business wouldn't he have stopped the invasion in the first place? And since god was supposed to have created the entire universe,which includes these invading aliens,why would god be on our side over this one??? This 'god' angle is dumb. Very dumb.

On a side note......I know this is way off the topic here,but one thing that this movie inadvertently opened my eyes to is raising children. It really looks like a horrible experience. Ray's 2 brats were,I guess,supposed to be your average,American kids. Well,I found them both absolutely revolting. Between the screaming,demanding daughter and the snivelling,apathetic son,I don't know which one was the most repulsive. I really don't understand why so many people seem to want kids. Kids are a ball and chain around your neck for at least 20 years. They demand unconditional love,but they seldom return it. They relentlessly question and challenge you, as a parent,every step of the way. How can any sensible adult tolerate this bull for all these years???

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Dec 21, 2007 5:20 AM
I enjoyed reading this. And I think you have it pretty much spot on.
Dec 21, 2007 10:28 PM
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