#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller.
Plot: Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
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First time seeing this in 15 years and lame plot, annoying characters (both kids got on my nerves) and a protagonist who just runs around, as Tom Cruise does so well, but has zero impact on the end game which was… bacteria. Yeah, this was just as dumb today as it was back then. At least the visual effects and sound design still holds up. **2.5/5**
I enjoyed this entry into the HG Wells film library. The special effects are great (to this amateur anyway) and the acting and action more than adequate. Plus it stays near enough to the sci-fi genius of the author to satisfy the fans of the classic novel. I will say that I got a little tired of the son acting like such a teenager, but he and the Tom Cruise character both show some character growth by the end of the film. Tom is one of those actors who seems to be playing himself a lot, but I suspect there is a lot more work to it than that. I’m not sure Dustin Hoffman would have gotten his Academy Award for Rain Man if he had played off a lesser actor than Cruise.
I think there are a couple of scenes the movie could have done without, such as in the cellar with Cruise, his daughter and the man who lived there. It slowed the story down, changed the tenor of the drama, and didn’t add a lot, in my view. But it is what it is and overall I found War of the Worlds to be entertaining. Good science fiction movies can be hard to find.
A Nutshell Review: War of the Worlds
War of the Worlds marks the second collaboration between 2 of Hollywood’s most influential figures, that of director Steven Spielberg and megastar Tom Cruise. In this updated adaptation of H.G. Well’s classic, we revisit alien territory already familiar with Spielberg (with evergreens like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and E.T.), except that this time around, the aliens are not an iota friendly and wastes no time proving its point with its laser beams.
Cruise plays Ray, a middle class salaried worker whose ex-wife (Miranda Otto, in an underused role) leaves their estranged kids with for the weekend. Being the selfish carefree man that he is, it is no wonder why he doesn’t get much respect, especially from his son. Before you can say move on with the melodrama, worldwide lightning phenomenon gets TV coverage, and soon enough, the horror begins, as the well known battle tripods rise from beneath the earth and annihilate everything on site.
The special effects are brilliant, and serves as an effective plot device for unspeakable, unexplainable horror. Spielberg teases you with indirect shots of the tripods, from mirrors and reflective surfaces, never letting you see from a first person’s perspective for too long, keeping in pace with the initial suspense built.
Terrorist attacks were mentioned in conversation, and perhaps this movie also serves as a timely reminder of always being prepared, with emergency equipment, stashes of food, and familiarity with emergency procedures.
This film could take the easy way out and focus on the big explosions ala Independence Day, but since that was already done, we get to focus on the smaller picture, that of the survival of the family unit in crisis, and I applaud this approach. Conflicts arise and sometimes solved through unpopular decisions, and that’s the way of life. Most times we do not have complete information, and need to make split second life determining decisions.
However, the pace slackens toward the end of the movie, and steers us back with reminders that this is after all a summer action blockbuster, with predictable endings, some plot loopholes and worse, rushed explanations.
Tom Cruise doesn’t get to flash his pearly whites so often here, as we see a transformation from irresponsibility, and in his son’s opinion, cowardice, to courageous dad whose children are his first priority. I’d dare say Cruise is in his element here, saving the day (in a not so direct manner).
Dakota Fanning shines as Ray’s daughter Rachel, bringing forth a sense of vulnerability with her fear of enclosed spaces, and her love for her father and brother. Being the little damsel in distress, who wouldn’t want to save her and ensure that she survives this horrible onslaught? Serves well as a Hollywood summer blockbuster, but not the “most anticipated” for this year as claimed by some.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Steven Spielberg
Writer Josh Friedman (screenplay), David Koepp (screenplay), H.G. Wells (novel)
Actors Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 46 nominations.
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby, SDDS, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 500T 5279, Fuji Super F-250T 8552, Super F-250D 8562, Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Dolby Vision, Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)