Monday, January 28, 2008

War of the Worlds

Everybody knows that there is a concept about aliens, extraterrestrials living out in space on other planets. There are a ton of movies about this. Aliens are usually thought to have big heads with big pupil-less eyes. War of the Worlds is about extraterrestrials and how they invaded our world long before we were here. It centers around a divorced dad named Ray (Tom Cruise). His children are Robbie and Rachel, played by Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning. The kids are staying at his house for the weekend. Robbie is in his teens, and Rachel is ten. The story opens out with Ray and his life, how it is obvious that he has problems being a parent, even for a few days, and how his son Robbie is a problem. While the kids are staying at his house, a freakish lightening storm starts and lightening strikes about twenty times in the same spot, over and over and over again. Robbie is missing and Ray is worried and both Ray and Rachel are shocked at the weird storm.
Ray explores the house and sees that everything battery powered has stopped.

The story continues with the aliens unearthing their great machines and how Ray has to fight for his and his family's survival.
This is one of the most desolate and morbid movies I have ever seen. That's probably why the story is so good....most stories have some kind of a place that is safe, or sort of safe, and there is always something they can do. In this movie, they can do nothing. Sooner or later, the aliens will find them and they will die. This is the end of the world. It isn't a war, it's an extermination. It also has some very freaky parts in it. The aliens take their prisoners and basically spew their blood and internal organs all over the place. They throw them on the ground and then stab them with some kind of....long robotic thing. This isn't for the faint of heart. I Am Legend was not this hopeless. This is something to which there is no power. Human even becomes enemy in the fight to survive. At one point Ray and his family are beat up because of the car they have that works. It's basically the only one in the world, or at least almost. The acting is amazing. Dakota Fanning is a thirteen year old wonder....even though she was probably ten or eleven when she made War of the Worlds. Kurt Russel has said that he will never work with a more talented actress. The kid is one year younger than me! (By the way, I could NEVER ever be an actress. She has guts. And talent.) This is a good outer space movie. I probably prefer Signs, an M. Night Shyamalan movie more than War of the Worlds. I also like E.T.....although most of you probably already know that! Sci-fi fans will love this. Especially if you like a taste of horror.


cgl said...

You should read the book from which the movie was based by H.G. Wells. A radio broadcast adaption was done of his book that supposedly caused panic because people thought an invasion was actually happening.

Brian G. Hedges said...

I actually liked this movie - mainly because of Dakota Fanning. I think she's my favorite actress!

Anna said...

Dakota Fanning was one of the highlights of the movie for me! I like her a lot to. I've only seen her in a few movies...I found out that she was in the Cat in the Hat, and she has some more movies coming up, I think...hope that they're good ones!
I also like Annasophia Robb. They're about the same age. I can't decide which one is the best!