Discussion in 'General' started by Icecoldbagey, 1 Jul 2005.
i acutally agree with emzay
Well that's the problem really. The point in the book was actually pretty good. And I'm sad they lost it. There have been many good films where there's lots of killing etc. This movie is good if you only wan't that, but more and more I'm getting tired of this. No disrespect to Spielberg.
I liked it despite the anti-climatic ending.
(Did they die of disease in the book? I dont know)
My only gripes were the "Aliens attack landmarks" type of thing.
If those machines were burried hundreds or millions of years ago, how did the aliens even know where the future cities would have been. (There were no aliens in the country for a while for example)
There are miles of water pipes hundreds and hundreds of feet under Chicago for example, and in all that time they never found a machine?
I think a more plasuable solution would be that the lighting strikes would actualy form the machines out of the elements underground.
But overall the movie was crazy as far as cinamatics and suspense.
I can't beleave how long some of the shots are, the camera moves all over and never breaks scene. Aliens and most scary movies don't do it for me, they did this one right suspense that makes it scary. My wife was gasping for air half the time.
I was trying not to laugh at the quietest fight over a gun ever
big disappointment mainly because not enough death of main characters
well zap you thought about it too much. I agree, but I don't pay enough attention to details the first time watching a movie so I get to enjoy it despite the quirks and oddities.
i havn't seen the film yet i've only listened to jeff wayne's musical version loads over the last few years. i dunno how it compares but i hear it is set in america instead of london. does it have the talking at the beggining? noone would have believed....
- Awesome tripod designs
- Awesome sound (thank you UCI for having the sound so LOUD!)
- Well directed and avoided the usual cliched shots of New York/London/Paris being destroyed
- Quite subtle in places for a eye-popping effects fest
- Tom Cruise wasn't completely annoying
- Modern setting paled against original setting (and even quaint 50's movie version)
- Vague beyond belief about origin of aliens - no mention of Mars or Martians
- Tom Cruise singing
- Dakota Fanning. I would have chucked her out the car waaaaaaaaay back
- Very unlikeable characters
- Stupid premise that the alien war machines were buried since before the dawn of man, yet somehow manage to turn up in the centre of a busy intersection. Riiiiiiight.
- No pan pipes in the soundtrack.
- Voice of Morgan Freeman used instead of the awesome Richard Burton.
I'm waiting for this version, which begins on Horsell Common near Woking, England in 1898AD.
(That's right - a film that's true to the novel!)
i would love that. if he went to london to see carrie but herself and her father were gone.
I think it was quite good to very good ... although not enough military action haha .. all in all quite a good movie I have to say ... Initial D (dunno if u guys have in US yet) on the other hand was quite boring..................................
I really didn't like it, I was expecting so much, but it was just another woo humans are great we will always survive crap, Tom Cruise pissed me off, the family crap pissed me off, the crazy redneck shotgun toter pissed me off, infact the best part of the film was the last rocket launcher tripod screen.
The film felt rushed, it was all textbook suspense, no surprises, im well dissappointed.
I thought it was great how the tripods played clips from Sunn O)))'s albums every now and then.
I would have prefered something more oriented to mature audience. But it is ok.
Watched this yesterday, thought it was alright film the ending seemed a bit to sudden. I wouldn’t recommend going out your way to see it, but if its on TV it would be worth a watch.
Really disliked this version, I was never expecting too much of it in the first place though, so I did not expect anything good.
The 1953 Version is a million times better IMO.
Down with all these hollywood remakes anyway, enough already.
I saw a trailer for taxi (usa) the other day and I wanted to kill someone
i thought it sucked compared to the first one
Just saw it last night and now have alot of discrepancies
How about his 350H Mustang? That was all mechanical and an EMP wouldnt have stoped it. And wouldnt have all the spare parts at the auto repair shop that they got the van from been dead too? And then when the run to the little room in the basement of the ex-wifes house, it has windows too but they wernt damaged like the other room. And then the son should have been burned to death along with all the other army guys? That redneck was crazy too. My buddy and I wanted to see him cut the camera thing with an ax and light up like a Christmas tree. And why was every one trying to go to Boston if the Aliens were attacking the Major CITES??! And how was the ex-wife's Parents house not destroyed and they were all dressed like they were going to church. Pretty funny part tho was when the kid was flipping through the radio stations and the Emergency Alert beacon came on and was just like "This is only a test"
TBH is wasnt that good imo. I have a tape recording of the radio brodcast if anyone wants me to compress it and host it i will. I think it was much better than the movie. Fun little fact about when they first played it with no comercial interuptions, people thought it was real and were fleaing their homes. The one i recorded was played on holloween and had interuptions every half hour or so to remind people it was only fiction.
Ok about the mustang, i have no idea why the kid didn't drive it home. My guess is its stuck in traffic a few blocks away. The minivan was old, so its likely that it was not computer controlled at all. I'm still wondering about the video camera the one guy had. I guess i wasn't the only one that wondered why the parents house survived.
The film, in short, sucked. Steven Spielberg is definitely losing his touch (but then again, he screwed over Stanley Kubrick's A.I. pretty thoroughly as well. Is this the same man who did Schindler's List?!?).
Apart from the needless complications (why all of a sudden have machines buried there for millions of years? Why not have them land on the day like in the book?) and inconsistencies (yeah, OK, EMP kills all the cars. But wait, all you need to do is change the solenoids! Obviously EMP screws with simple, robust relays but leaves the delicate integrated circuitry of the Engine Managment Units untouched... ), this film has a big problem.
The problem is that we all know the story, and we all know how it is going to end. Not in the "hey, there's got to be a happy ending" sense, where the suspense is about how this is achieved, but in the sense that we pretty much know how the aliens are going to meet their demise through their lack of immunity to Earth-based microbes and bla, bla, bla. We also pretty much know that Tom Cruise's character is going to get his kids home and safe. We know the ending, so the only thing that is left to tell, is the journey itself.
And this is where War of the Worlds (Spielberg Edition) falls down. There is no journey. Not in the sense of character development anyway. Tom Cruise's character has a "redemption light" in that he does what you pretty much expected he would do if crunchtime came (he is not an obvious ***hole at the beginning, and there is no significant change in that). His daughter is just plain annoying and obviously serves as the Cute Little Blonde Blue-eyed Thing That Must Be Saved (and to think that Spielberg used to really shine with child characters) and his son is just there to provide conflict and hold up a mirror to him on how badly he failed them as a dad. Yeah, yeah, yeah...
This film is best illustrated by the following: at one stage Tom Cruise and Tim Robbins spend what supposedly is a number of days hidden in a cellar. I mean, picture this: two really good actors in a quite lenghty scene free of external distraction, with nothing but each other to act off. And Spielberg completely screws it. There is no dialogue, no character development, no plot, no use of a golden opportunity for the two to discuss what has happened and the human significance of it all (if you want to explain things to the viewers, or get deep, here's the place to do it!). I mean, talk about a waste of opportunity!
Of course when Tom does get the kids home, his ex-wife and grandparents walk out the house like they just were having a nice cup of tea. Clothes are clean, hair parted. Did these people just survive an alien invasion and the near destruction of mankind or what?
Perhaps Spielberg succumbed to some virusses of his own. The ones called Commercialism and Complacency.
Don't EMP's destroy batteries? Hence the stopped watch, mobile phone etc? Of course the batteries in the cupboard for the torch still worked though... It didn't fry computers, it fried sources of electrical power - and Cruise suggested the mechanic replace the vans solenoids to get it working.
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