War of the Worlds

Tom Cruise

I just saw War of the Worlds the other day on HBO. I never went to see it in the theaters, because I just can’t stand Tom Cruise these days.

Frankly, I’m glad I didn’t waste money for a rental either. This movie a complete and utter garbage. I really do not understand what do people see in it.

The tripods were cool, for about 5 minutes when they were dusting the whole town with the death rays. But as soon as they started grabbing people with the tentacle like appendages they became ridiculous. Could they be less efficient at harvesting people? You want to tell me that this gargantuan walker can only grab 1-2 people at a time, and is able to store only 10-20 people in tiny cages on it’s underbelly? WTF?

Why didn’t they mount the cages in a way that would allow them to drop victims without inserting them directly inside their hull? And why was the victim extraction shaft not shielded from the inside? Don’t the aliens have suicide bombers on their world?

I know that the “aliens killed by microbes” theme had to be implemented to be true to the original, but it just came out silly. The aliens came here millions of years ago, and buried the tripods planning the invasion. This means that they were technologically advanced way before we even emerged as a sentient race. How come they didn’t get infected then? And how did they fail to predict that some of our microbes can infect them?

For god’s sake, if you invade an alien planet, you really don’t want to run around naked until you throughly test the atmosphere for possible toxins, and infectious microbes. Unless of course you are on Star Trek.

They modernized all the other parts of the movie, so why not come up with some good explanation as to why did the three legged invaders get infected with the bird flu or whatnot.

All in all, Tom Cruise was more creepy than the tripods and the aliens combined. His character was not even likable. He came off as an asshole, and a horrible parent. Despite all the heroic stuff he did, I didn’t think he really grew as a character. Tom just failed to portray the transformation they were aiming for.

My final verdict is a total waste of time. If you have seen the tripods in the trailers, you should be able to understand all the pop culture references to them in other work. There is not much more explained about them in the movie. So there is just no reason to watch this garbage.

hReview Jul 24, 2006 by Terminally Incoherent
War of the Worlds

★☆☆☆☆

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7 Responses to War of the Worlds

  1. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    i was forced to watch the original on a boyscout outting when i was younger. i wasn’t going to subjet myself to that garbage twice.

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    LOL! Especially since this one has Tom Cruise in it, eh?

    I only watched it because it was on, and I had nothing better to do at the time :P I figured I might at least be able to trash it on my blog if I sit through the whole thing.

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  3. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    tom cruise or not, the original just sucked, and was the butt end of many jokes with my friends. i wasn’t going to give it the time of day, expecially since they cut out my home town. (monument about 10 min from my house where they landed in the original broadcast. I even added the image to the article.

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Linux says:

    ZOMG! Your town was invaded by aliens! 8O

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  5. ZeWrestler UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    heh. i think a few of them still live there.

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  6. Marinos Michael CYPRUS Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Classic Movie that i really want to see on a good Cinema (or at least on a good home theater system) Just because of the following two and ONLY two reasons:

    1) Cool CGI Graphics and Effects
    2) Cool Sounds

    :)

    thats all!

    p.s. of course other movies combine the above two with also a great plot and great actors such as Lord Of the Rings Trilogy etc.

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  7. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Yeah, it probably would be better to see it in the theater. Still, crappy movie is a crappy movie. :P

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