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There is no doubt that "War of the Worlds" is a huge movie, and I think there are two main reasons for it, Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg. Everything about the movie seems gigantic and explosive to me, and after watching it, I can say that thou shall not be too
disappointed with the movie, although some scenes can make you want to throw stones at the director and lead actor as there's too much intensity and drama for this film to be believable.
The movie starts of a bit slow. The first five minutes (or was it just three?) felt like ages and I was ready to pack my stuff and leave. The excitement really begins when the alien arrives, and judging by the fantastic sound effects as well as the flash binding visuals of lightning and thunder, the alien sure knows how to make an entrance to catch everyone's attention!
As panic and chaos hits the city, you'll start to feel as if you're watching a live report on CNN, the roads and the buildings start to crack, and everyone just runs around like crazy, you're not sure of what's happening or even how to react to such an extraordinary phenomenon. Everything was just wild.
It turns out that the alien is a very huge, very tall machine with a camera head and three tentacles. What's scary is that it can shoot laser beams that will literally smash up bodies. Some scenes in the movie are indeed ugly, but they won't cause you too much fear, maybe you'll just feel slightly disturbed.
Someway in the middle of the show, you may feel a little sorrowful as you watch the people run for their lives in fear and panic. The only bad news for the people is that instead of just one big alien, there're many of them attacking the world, so it's actually the whole crying together for the aliens to go away and leave us alone, but of course, in this movie, we only get to see the U.S. scene.
Throughout the whole movie, there's almost too much suspense and thrill that I think "War of the Worlds" can almost pass as a horror movie. Everyone everywhere just tries to get away from the aliens all the time, hardly anybody is interested to pick up a gun and shoot the aliens who have come to destroy our peace.
Sure, Tom Cruise is the biggest attraction of this movie, but take my advice and just forget about Tom Cruise when you go watch "War of the Worlds". His acting is not too bad here but the REAL 'stars' of the film are the aliens, and maybe Dakota Fanning. The child actress is a real prodigy as her high levels of expression and complexities win her many approvals and she's slowly becoming a huge star herself.
Sadly, Tom Cruise's character in this film isn't someone who will win you over as he can't sing lullabies, can't control his children's behaviour and can't think properly with his head when things go wrong in his life. Some scenes, he just looks like he wants to cry because there's too much chaos and confusion in his life that he simply can't go on living like the way he does.
In the movie, if you're not watching aliens trying to destroy civilization by shooting laser beams, you'll be watching men act like children as they scream and shout at each other in scenes where you clearly won't know which one of them is overreacting. And if the aliens are not there to make trouble, then the movie just gets boring. Dialogues are uninteresting and the humour is bland.
In the end, what's really impressive about "War of the Worlds" is most probably its sound effects and great acting on Dakota Fanning's part. The movie is still fairly enjoyable, although I would not call it a classic. You will like the scenes where the aliens try to demolish earth, but the big important question is will you leave the cinema feeling victorious that you've won a hard-fought battle? Sadly, the answer is no. Perhaps you may want to watch "Independence Day" for the hundredth time. Cinema Online, 23 September 2008