Amatuer Movie Review – War of the Worlds

November 27, 2005

Last night I watched War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning with my husband. The movie had me on the edge of my seat after the first 10 minutes and I thought that H.G. Wells would have been really proud until the last 10 minutes. It was like being on a rollercoaster; you are heading into the last, biggest loop, your breath is caught in your throat as you anticipate the stomach churning finale that got you on the ride in the first place but then the lights go dark and you come to a slow rolling stop! That’s it?! Because the movie was so good up until that point I can almost forgive the ending.

Tom Cruise is getting long in the tooth and looks like Mr. Big from Sex and the City. Dakota Fanning who is a wonderful little actress in the making (I am Sam and Man on Fire), is reduced to screaming every other second and Tim Robbins is the creepy fellow who invites them into his basement to hide. The intense moments and frantic escapes left me holding my breath. The special effects and the scary alien machines were frightening but I wish the ending had more punch!

All in all I would watch it again


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