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Much to their mutual relief, director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Cruise are hitmakers again with their remake of War of the Worlds.

With over $113 million at the North American box office and an additional $102m elsewhere for its first six days of release, War has already earned more than the totals of Cruise’s last two films, Collateral and The Last Samurai, and of Spielberg’s most recent effort The Terminal. They previously worked together on 2002’s Minority Report.

It would appear Tom Cruise’s eccentric and exuberant behavior of late has not damaged the appeal of the film, which is only fitting: the guy is an actor.

Our critics check in with their takes on the film:

War of the Worlds … Two Thumbs Down
The 120 million dollar film “War of the Worlds” starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, and Miranda Otto fails to impress.
Posted to Video by sunoftheskye on July 12, 2005 08:37 PM

Osama bin Martian and War of the Worlds
In updating H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds into modern-day America, Steven Spielberg and screenwriters David Koepp and Josh Friedman conjure up an alien invasion that reverberates with the horrific sights and sounds of 9/11. That isn’t to…
Posted to Video by Chase McInerney on July 11, 2005 11:03 AM

Review: War of the Worlds
Spielberg isn’t to blame for everything that’s wrong in this movie. I’ve always thought that the abrupt end to the story is an unavoidable let down, so I don’t blame Spielberg for the anticlimactic last bit. Beyond that, though, it’s…
Posted to Video by Zombyboy on July 6, 2005 02:52 PM

War of the Worlds: Let’s play the theorising game
As much as I enjoy the blast of watching aliens rampage around Earth (or rather, the East coast of the United States), I know there are unanswered questions (or plotholes, depending…
Posted to Video by messy on July 6, 2005 10:24 AM

Movie Review: War of the Worlds (2005)
Do you ever sit down to write a review and find that the words just aren’t there? Well, I have been trying to write this review for the last week, the thoughts are there, but for some reason the head…
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on July 6, 2005 07:29 AM

Movie Review: War Of The Worlds (2005)
Long before the Summer Movie Season began, War Of The Worlds was one of the summer’s highly anticipated films. Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg working together again seemed like a match made in heaven. However, despite the excellent…
Posted to Video by Sterfish on July 6, 2005 05:50 AM

War of the Worlds – A review
On this 4th of July weekend, I ended up going to see the biggest movie of the summer so far, War of the Worlds. I had been wanting to see it for some time, anxiously awaiting its release, and the…
Posted to Video by Regina Avalos on July 6, 2005 04:19 AM

War of the Worlds: Hey, it didn’t suck!
My expectations for the movie was at sub-zero temperatures since a colleague told me the movie sucked and Kervin said it fell on its face. But I loved it! In fact, it’s one of those rare movies where I…
Posted to Video by messy on July 5, 2005 09:33 AM

War of the Worlds (2005) Review
*Small spoilers inside It’s hardly fair to judge this big budget adaptation of War of the Worlds based on the plot holes. The 1898 book is a classic (and it should be), so by ripping this Steven Spielberg piece, you’re also…
Posted to Video by Matt Paprocki on July 3, 2005 05:25 PM

Review: War of the Worlds
Last night, I watched as War of the Worlds exploded onto the movie theater’s screen. The movie was fast-paced, action-packed, and it left me tired at the end. I was never a big fan of Independence Day (warring with…
Posted to Video by Nicholas Roussos on July 3, 2005 09:59 AM

Review: War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells’ book, The War of the Worlds, was an indictment of European colonialism. But throw that off your mind when you go watch Steven Spielberg’s latest CG-fest because it has almost nothing to do with the book. The movie, unlike…
Posted to Video by Fei on July 2, 2005 03:06 AM

War of the Worlds
If you want a real thrill this Independence Day weekend, see War of the Worlds by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. The movie is suspenseful and the special effects are fantastic. Because this movie contains wanton killing of innocent civilians…
Posted to Video by SactoDan on July 1, 2005 07:59 PM

New Movie Releases: 7/1/05
Slim pickings this week when it comes to new releases. In my area there are 3, 2 of which I have already seen. Rebound. The only one of the three that I haven’t seen, and probably won’t. The commercials look completely…
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on July 1, 2005 07:33 AM

War of the Worlds: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD REICH
“So Tom, exactly how young do you like your women?” Spoiler alert! I knew that War of the Worlds would play like a mash-up of Spielberg movies. Perhaps he’d remix the hunt for Cruise in Minority Report with the…
Posted to Video by Junichi Semitsu on June 30, 2005 06:30 AM

Review: Spielberg’s “War Of The Worlds”
The Spielberg film, while owing little to its source material, does something pretty effective with it – it transforms it into a film that pays homage both to the Golden Age of Science Fiction, and a moving post-9/11 look at…
Posted to Video by Aaman Lamba on June 30, 2005 12:20 AM

War of the Worlds
In a lot of ways I believe that today is the true golden age of science fiction films. Not only are great new works like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind available, but Hollywood is revisiting old classics like…
Posted to Video by Marty Andrade on June 29, 2005 10:20 PM

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  • jane

    Eric

    It is amazing what special affects can do the celebral cortex in homo sapiens. The original War of the Worlds was a brilliant parable of the then Cold War. The current movie’s success is about the dumming down of America. Mind you, to an Iraqi audience it probably will be a brilliant parable of the American presence in their country. I don’t think Tom Cruise cerebral cortex is capable of making THAT connection. Or Spielberg’s for that matter, unless it involved Jewish aliens…..

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    It’s amazing that someone can complain that Americans are stupid if they watch this movie for the “affects.”

    The orignal film was a brilliant piece. So was the book. So was the radio broadcast. So it this new update.

    Death and destruction from an alien invasion has never been shown like this. If you go into a movie about aliens wiping out Earth and you expect deep, insightful, and thought provoking faults, you’re the one at fault.

  • jane

    Matt

    Unfortunately, many people do watch such films for the special affects just to experience the thrill of seeing something bigger, better and more breath-taking than the previous flavour of the month blockbuster of the same genre. Independence Day set the standard for this type of genre and Hollywood has been pushing the envelope ever since. It sells tickets Matt and that’s all the studios want. Tom Cruise will never win an Oscar for this type of dross. The original film had a deeper message than just aliens invading Earth. America and Hollywood have lost all sense of satire. Orson Wells knew this in the ’30’s when he first did the radio show. Your last comment proves my point. Why can’t a film about death and destruction from an alien invasion contain deeper, thought provoking and insightful messages? Oops, that would too hard because it would require a much better standard of script- writing and a much more sophisticated, educated and socially aware audience.

    Oh, I have seen death and destruction from alien invasion like this before in the form of CNN’s coverage of the first Gulf War and the 6 o’clock news’ coverage of Iraq.

  • http://www.breakingwindows.com Matt Paprocki

    And what’s wrong with going to a film to see the spectacle? People seem to have this elitist attitude now that if a movie doesn’t have some sort of meaning or if it’s not some small independent film, it’s crap. You know what? I paid $10 to see things get blown the f*ck up. I did.

    I have no problem with movies that offer deeper lining or require thought. Memento took me a week to fully grasp, and I loved it for it. However, that movie didn’t have aliens slaughtering people, nor did I have the expectation of it doing so. That’s what this version of War of the Worlds was about.

    I completely disagree that the orignal had anything under it other than aliens attacking. It’s a classic, sure, but that has nothing to do with the Cold War. The original book? Yep. The ’53 film simply was one of the first of the 50s alien/giant monster movie marathon the decade would be known for, and half the films in that time frame followed the basic frame.

    Look, if you need your movies to have depth and can’t watch anything else just for fun or, GASP!, what the trailers told you it was going to be, I feel sorry for you. You’ve taken out all the fun of these overdone summer blockbusters. There’s nothing wrong with special effects or the people that enjoy them if they offer something to you you’ve never seen before. That’s what movies are about, and unfortunately, that seems to be lost on some people.

  • yobaby

    Jane, very good comments. Most movies today are unfortunately filled with subliminals that affect the herd.I try to stay away from tv and movies so that I can have more control. The new shock therapy is called TV because the Pentagon has mastered the art of subversion through research with Darpa and other sponsered studies through universities etc. Its a sad fact and the reality is were all consumers who are constntly having our minds messed with by the Televisions subliminal messages.

  • http://www.mstrmnd.com/wotw.swf mstrmnd

    here is a guide to what is actually going on in the film http://www.mstrmnd.com/wotw.swf