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 Robbie and young daughter Rachel fr a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
Moments later, at an intersection near his house, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth and, before anyone can react, incinerates everything in sight. An ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes – the first strike in a catastrophic alien attack on Earth. Ray scrambles to get his children away from this merciless new enemy, embarking on a journey that will take them across the ravaged countryside, where they become caught in the desperate tide of refugees fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of Tripods.
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
A companion piece of sorts to "Minority Report." Both are uncharacteristically dark pieces for Spielberg and Cruise that push PG-13 as far as it can possibly go. Haunting imagery is abound (A peaceful river carrying the dead and Cruise's off-screen brawl with Robbins juxtaposed with Fanning singing come to mind), the performances are terrific and character development is not forsaken for special effects. Certainly underrated.
Whereas the original WAR OF THE WORLDS from 1953 dealt with Cold War fears of invasion by outside forces, Steven Spielberg's 2005 update dealt with post-9/11 fears of attack from within. Taking a gritty, hyper-realistic approach, it puts us squarely in the shoes of the protagonists, creating a feverish atmosphere driven by a terrifying sense of the unknown. One of Spielberg's darkest works.
Why so underrated? Saw it about three times and it always terrified me. Though I admit it's not entirely perfect, this is one of the most efficient Spielberg's efforts (not to mention Kaminski's flawless cinematography). Near-masterpiece for sure.
Nesta atualização do seminal romance de H.G. Wells predominam as sombras, a carnificina, o caos, o desespero. Spielberg detém-se na tensão entre os protagonistas do núcleo familiar e nos rastros da… read review