War of the Worlds
Steven Spielberg directs
War of the Worlds, so you know it's going to be a "big" movie. Aliens begin an assault on the entire planet, so you know the scale of the story is going to be far reaching. But Tom Cruise plays a single, part-time dad who just wants to keep his kids alive, so a touch of humanity survives in the grandeur, scope, and ego involved in this film.
War of the Worlds gets to the good stuff right away, and is relentless from that point onward. As the main characters go from confusion, to fear and confusion, to just fear, the viewer goes along for the ride.
War of the Worlds is not the best alien movie ever (there is far to much at stake for Cruise as an actor to ever let the MOVIE be the real star) but it is well produced, with great visual effects. I wouldn't expect much more than an Alien Invasion film from this one, and that's what I got.
I give War of the Worlds 3/5 (how would YOU rate War of the Worlds?)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, ...more
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