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War of the Worlds
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Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: The disintegration of humans is pretty intense, and Dakota keeps screaming, so keep the youngin's at home.
Date Movie: I suppose.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope, no kinky alien sex.
Gratuitous Violence: I thought it actually deserved an R.
Action: Lots of running.
Laughs: Here and there.
Memorable Scene: Just the stupid ones.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson

War of the Worlds
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:58 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
With "War of the Worlds" finally released hopefully we are done with Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes watch, at least until the wedding. Congrats to the both of them, I hope theyíre happy, but in terms of movies, Katie was in the better one ("Batman Begins"), although she wasnít that great in it, whereas Tomís movie didnít do much for me, but he still shows he can act in just about anything, and as is usually the case, now I sort of want to be chased through the countryside by aliens, much like Iíve wanted to be a high school entrepreneur, a racecar driver, a bartender, a pool shark, in the navy handling the truth, a spy, a sex coach, a samurai, and even a hired killer after seeing Mr. Cruiseís films. Letís get to the storyÖ

Tom Cruise is Ray. Heís divorced, kinda a gear-head, and his ex is now married to some rich dude. Itís his weekend with the kids, so the ex drops then off at his shabby New York house. Enter Rachel and Robbie, played respectively by Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin. Dropped off at the house, we get the idea that the kids donít get along with Dad too well, especially when Robbie throws the baseball through the window. Another morning, another day when your son steals your car for some cruising, only you canít be too obsessed with that because there is this weird storm cloud nearby, and all of a sudden lighting strikes the same place a bunch of times. You hunker under the kitchen table with your daughter, and when the storm is over, you find your son and then head to investigate the lightning strike. Then, wouldnít you know it, this big, olí machine thing comes out of the ground and starts vaporizing your neighbors. The aliens have arrived.

So what is Ray to do? Well, he steals a car and brings along his kids, figuring it best to get out of town. Where to go? Maybe to at least keep his daughter from screaming so much, Ray decides to head to the ex-wifeís pad where the kids donít realize that mom isnít there, momís in Boston with the grandparents, much to their dismay, although Ray does actually know this. Another catastrophe, though not the aliens, and Ray decides that the best thing to do, probably because he is sick and tired of his daughterís screaming, is to get the kids to Boston so he can dump them with the ex and go about and live his normal life again. Well, for Ray, things donít go as planned, especially while Ray is napping and Robbie decides to drive the only working car to a crowd of people trying to get to the ferry to get across the water, to maybe also make it to Boston. Sadly, without a vehicle and the aliens still coming, now Ray finds himself and his daughter in the basement of a crazy person. Getting out, they make their way to Boston, somehow, and even destroy one of the alien machines, and then there is the sappy ending instead of the realistic one that would have been sad, but more believable. No, Iím not talking about the facts that the aliens simply die because they canít handle the germs that we live with, thatís part of the book, I get that. Iím talking about the family reunion that should have been one less family member.

Okay, I admit, thatís a hodgepodge of a story synopsis, but pretty much I couldnít buy into the movie because the people are just stupid. Sure, Ray comes off initially as a dad who really doesnít care about his kids, and then realizes they are his life, and sure, even with the constant screaming, Rachel comes off as a little girl being chased by aliens. But it was the ferry scene that did it in for me, that and the shacking up with the crazy dude, and I just couldnít buy the chasing anymore. Come on, it appears the aliens are looking for groups of people, and you decide a crowded ferry is a good place to be, and sure, youíre running from the aliens and a stranger offers you shelter in his storm cellar, but is this really the place to be while the aliens are blasting everything in their way? I lost it.

There is some entertainment value in "War of the Worlds," and as we would expect, Steven Spielberg makes the movie look great, but, and I know it wouldnít really work because we need stupid people to put themselves in stupid situations, but sometimes canít we have characters who seem to have some common sense? 2 stars out of 5 for me for "War of the Worlds." The only reason I would recommend paying the bucks for the theater is spectacle-wise, itís one of those movies that looks and sounds better in the theater, as long as the person behind you isnít talking on their cell phone.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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