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At The Movies: “War of the Worlds”

Against my better judgment, I went to see “War of the Worlds” starring Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier this afternoon. While the H.G. Wells classic novel is without a doubt better than the renditions that have come out on the movie screen, I found this movie to just merely be okay. It captured the drama and mass hysteria of the story to a ‘T, which was the one good thing about this movie. Tom’s acting was lackluster at best, with his signature “running away from the bad guys” look being his only real sense of acting in the whole movie. His hardcore wannabe attitude didn’t really come off as such and didn’t feel genuine to me. Some of the better acting was done by Ray’s daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning), who did a great job with the intense shift in emotions required. Her eyes are amazing to stare into — it makes you feel like you’re drowning.

The special FX, as expected, were very good. It is a Spielberg film, after all. The robots were descriptive looking, lots of detail was put into their look. Still, it reminded me of “Alien” in a way, seeing them like that. I half expected Sigourney Weaver to come out of the shadows for her cameo appearance.

Either way, it isn’t DVD worthy, but it might be Movie-On-Demand worthy. Of the choices out in the movie theater at the moment (if you haven’t already seen “Batman Begins”), it’s a great choice for supernatural action and a little gore.

SIDENOTE: Quite possibly the most interesting thing to note were the previews! Orlando Bloom is going to be in a ROMANTIC COMEDY/DRAMA?! It’s called “Elizabethtown”. It actually looks endearing, with Kirsten Dunst as the female lead. I’m up in the air as to whether or not I want to see it. There is also “The Island”, set in the mid-21st century starring Scarlett Johansson and Ewan McGregor. Scarlett looks PARTICULARLY pretty in this movie where she’s running from the bad guys trying to kill her (what else is new?). There were a few other previews, but those are the ones that stayed with me.