June 30, 2005

War of the Worlds

I saw this last night, all I can say is holy crap!

Spielberg does it again, capturing the grand scale of an alien invasion. The tripods are huge, their weapons devastating, and what they do with their captives truly terrifying.

But this is not a simple effects film, it's a far cry from Armageddon. Spielberg captures the human side as he always does. These seem like real people, they're flawed and regular, which is a far cry from the usual perfect guy role Tom Cruise fills.

See this film, it's a great thrill. If you don't see it in the theatres, it's definitely DVD-worthy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to see it Monday. Hopefully everyone else... "Will be at a BBQ!" - Will Smith, ID4


7:11 AM  
Blogger BRIAN MC said...

"War" was good, saw it last night, but we all know what "has" to be done soon........

"Zombie-Time Mr. Gaskill"!

July 16th or 17th!

Land of The Dead!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Rothar said...

LOL - I will "be at a BBQ" indeed, hope you enjoy the film J.

Oh and Bri, as I said I probably would, I snuck out and saw LOTD - it rocks! I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

11:45 AM  
Blogger BRIAN MC said...

OK, I knew one of us would "break" down and see it.....but I will wait till I get back in NJ....There is no one else in this forsaken state(MI) that has the guts to see a hard-core Zombie Flick but me!

Any weapon usage in LOTD????(by the zoms??)

Any contact from Pete, and if he will be able to go with us to see LOTD??????

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

[Sound of Alien "Hunting Horn"] Think about it as they drove all the humans forward.

Every time I heard that sound, it was quickly followed by Jenn's comment, Oh no, not again.

There were about 15 people in the "stadium" seating theatre. Very nice. Though the silence after some atrocitiy was always puncutated by laughter at an inappropriate moment, by the same person who just couldn't see to grasp the severity or horror of a situation.

Only thing that David and I thought was lacking, was more futile military action. I wanted to see the tripods go toe to toe with an Iowa class battle ship.

The only other thing that I felt was "unrealistic" was the brother's survival.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Rothar said...

I was surprised when the brother survived, but it was at least handled the right way...it wasn't explained or against-all-odds, he simply went over the hill then there was an explosion. I didn't expect him to survive, but when he did it didn't ruin the movie.

I have to admit, I laughed during the train scene. But I don't mean in an obnoxious way, as a way of getting attention or anything. It was just a very well done cinematic moment, to take something so commonplace as a train crossing and turn it into a scene of horror. Okay, maybe I have issues, or have just read too much H.P. Lovecraft *chuckle*

And yeah, by the time I got to the ferry scene, the sound of that alien horn filled me with dread every time I heard it.

The only thing I was disappointed about was, like you, I expected to see a naval battle. Given that the characters were travelling up the east coast, not to mention that he lived a short drive from the pier where he worked, it feels like a missed opportunity. Maybe, hopefully, that will be added in the DVD release.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I could definitely see the nervous chuckle at the flaming train. I have to admit, I wasn't really expecting that.

I shared the same dumbstruck expression as the people standing there watching it go by. I could almost hear the brain saying..."well there's something you don't see everyday."

11:52 AM  

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