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July 09, 2005

What if they had a War of the Worlds and nobody came?

Hating horse shows, I took refuge in a local movie theater this afternoon and saw War of the Worlds. It was a terrible movie, in spite of the incredible special effects and the many opportunities for it have been an uplifting experience. The humans in the film are stupid, selfish, and unlikeable. They behave badly enough that you are almost tempted to root for the aliens, but they are sufficiently ugly and evil to make this unsatisfying. In the end, I found myself just wishing that the movie was over so that I could leave.

Tim Robbins (whom I loathe) actually gave a decent performance. Cruise was his usual utterly insane self, and no more believable in this film than he was on Oprah protesting his undying love for Katie.

Do yourself a favor and stay home.

July 9, 2005 at 03:43 PM | Permalink


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I'm with you on this one. Truly, an awful movie. Spielberg took an alien invasion movie and turned it into an ABC movie of the week about a dysfunctional family. By the end, half the people in the theater seemed to be rooting for the aliens to turn Cruise's family into a pile of goo. Cruise's son is particularly annoying and unbelievable when he runs over the hill to watch the destruction, instead of running away like everyone else. You knew they weren't going to kill little screeching Dakota, but it makes little sense that no one in Cruise's family gets killed when you consider the level of mayhem and destruction committed by the aliens. This movie makes Independence Day look good and that's saying something.

Posted by: Dan | Jul 10, 2005 11:07:39 PM

LOL, Dan. Well put.

Posted by: Spartacus | Jul 11, 2005 9:09:57 AM

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