#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – H.G. Well’s classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider that it was made at the height of the Cold War–just replace Martian with Russian….
Plot: The residents of a small town are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills, until they discover it is the first of many transport devices from Mars bringing an army of invaders invincible to any man-made weapon, even the atomic bomb.
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Smashing sci-fi film that is a landmark for special effects.
Martians invade Earth with total destructive powers, seemingly unstoppable, mankind must find a way to beat them before all is Lost.
In spite of the uproar and considerable success of Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation of the H.G Wells novel, War Of The Worlds was a topic that directors were staying well away from. Such high esteemed men like as Cecil B. DeMille & Alfred Hitchcock were mooted to be interested but it always came down to a worry that the special effects needed for the story were too much of a headache. Enter producer George Pal, noted for puppetoon shorts, he managed to sway the big wigs at Paramount that it could indeed be done, and thus the chain of big colour spaceships blasting, sci-fi creatures lurking and blockbuster bums on seats movies began.
Directed by Byron Haskin, this version of the source moves the location from Edwardian England to 20th Century America, and this works a treat because the watching American public were genuinely unnerved at the sight of contemporary America being reduced to rubble by an invading force. The makers further our sense of dread by only letting us glimpse the aliens once in a wonderful scene (respectfully homaged in Stephen Spielberg’s 2005 version of the source), other than that scene we are subjected to attack after attack from shiny flying saucers, slick and ground breaking effects working their magic on an impressionable audience.
Outside of those known to hardcore sci-fi fans, the cast doesn’t contain any stars of note, probably due to all the money being used on the effects? And for sure many of them come across as wooden beyond compare (though the lovely Ann Robinson lights up every scene she is in), while if I’m to be over critical: then the romantic thread in the film is tiresome and the religious overtone is tardily done. But War Of The Worlds 1953 still stands proud as a brave and hugely enjoyable picture thats importance has never been (nor should it be) understated, and even allowing for nostalgic fervour from this particular viewer, I heartily recommend this film to anyone interested in template movies for the sci-fi genre. 7/10
_**Clark Kent & Lois Lane face an invasion of Martians!**_
A flaming meteor lands near a small town in rural California, yet it turns out it’s not really a meteor, but rather the beginning of an extraterrestrial invasion!
“The War of the Worlds” (1953) loosely interprets H.G. Wells’ classic 1898 novel and moves the events up to the mid-20th century wherein Earthlings have modern weapons at their disposal, including the atomic bomb.
Gene Barry and Ann Robinson play the protagonists, who are seriously reminicent of Clark Kent & Lois Lane. The movie wisely focuses on the alien invasion as seen through their eyes, which naturally gives the story human interest. The Martian vessels are superbly depicted and very threatening. Even better, the flick doesn’t skimp on showing the aliens up-close-and-personal and they’re even better than those in the 2005 reimagining (the one with Tom Cruise).
While the first two acts are compelling sci-fi cinema of the highest order (in its quaint early 50’s way), the story somewhat loses it’s captivating power in the last act when the story switches to Earth vs. the Martians and Clark, I mean Dr. Forrester, stumbling around post-apocalyptic Los Angeles desperately searching for Lois, I mean Sylvia.
The film runs 1 hour, 28 minutes, and was shot in Southern Cal & Arizona.
Martians have used up the resources of their planet and they’re looking for other planets. A suspected meteor lands outside the Californian town of Linda Rosa. People have gathered to put out the fire and then to enjoy the sight. Noted atomic scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester who is fishing nearby comes to take a look. Sylvia van Buren teaches library science at USC. They decide to go back to town and wait for the meteor to cool down. The Martians war machine activates and starts its killing spree. Other landings occur around the world.
It is an iconic sci-fi and a marvel of its era. It is still a compelling narrative today. The special effects are fun. The miniatures are terrific. The design of the aliens are timeless. What is even better is the sound design. The alien sounds and the weapons fire are truly memorable. There is a lot of stock footage used. The wires are very much visible. Nevertheless this is not some cheap B-movie. They use some real action effects and stunts. They have lots of extras and the two leads are acceptable as actors. The battle in L.A. is no small matter. The prevalence of the religious tone is something different from the material and more fitting for the time.
Fast-paced, professional, thoroughly American ’50s sci-fi shocker
Why does film work? Schmaltz drips, the schlock never stops, the characters are two dimensional, the acting frequently over the top, the dialog corny – all as noted by other reviewers. Yet the film works. Why.
First, a word about the special effects: they may not meet todays CGI “3-D” standards, but even when not entirely believable, they remain visually impressive. And Los Angeles (a personality-less city lacking a memorable skyline) always looks best when it’s getting destroyed.
Second, the pacing: It’s just about perfect, with an intense drive that never goes out of control. When confronted by the schmaltz or a line of corny dialog, we aren’t given the chance to smirk or cringe, we’re pushed into the next moment, on the edge of our seats to see what happens next, even when we know what happens next. There are plenty of shocks and chases and explosions to keep us from noticing the film’s weaknesses while watching it.
Finally, about the characters: as noted, 2-dimensional. Unfortunately, most Americans just happen to be 2-dimensional, and the shrewd Pal (who actually tried for a higher aesthetic in his early animation shorts) quite rightly presents characters that are very much like his intended audience, thus increasing the paranoia-derived fear of the alien and of total destruction that, curiously and unfortunately, Americans so enjoy that most of our heartland culture is built around it.
Being American, I’m not happy admitting that; but understanding it allows me to both enjoy the film and recognize its brilliant craftsmanship. Pal and his cast and crew do exactly everything right to produce the intended results. And the film remains a small but important monument to a kind of Hollywood professionalism we rarely see these days.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 25 min (85 min)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Byron Haskin
Writer H.G. Wells (based on the novel by), Barré Lyndon (screenplay by)
Actors Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Robert Cornthwaite
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1 (intended ratio), 1.66 : 1 (theatrical ratio)
Camera Technicolor Three-Strip Camera (uncredited)
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,332 m (Netherlands)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm