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 can’t wait to see it the second time. Actually, when I scouted around, it looks like it’s a movie you’d either love or hate.
¤ You’d hate it if
You expected Independence Day II. Yes, there’s action, but don’t expect a coalition of earthlings saving the day. Let’s just say it’s realistic. Seriously – if a bunch of Martians in tripods the size of a Manhattan skyscraper have weapons that can turn folks into ash in an instant, do you think a computer virus would do the trick?
¤ Why I loved the movie
For me, it is a movie about a father – who never really took much interest in his kids before – realising that he’d do anything to keep them alive. The movie is his struggle to preserve his children when the world is literally going to ashes around him.
Also, Ray (Tom Cruise) is always terrified (he even cried from terror once) – that’s refreshing. How often have we seen heroes that are not afraid of big, scary aliens? That’s old. Also, his priority is to save his kids instead of being a hero. That’s real.
You’d also like the movie if you like to see humans vaporised.
¤ Canggih* moments
Humans exploding into ash – fuuyoh! Tripods – wahlau!
¤ Not-so-canggih moments
Anytime Dakota Fanning starts screaming
¤ Needless controversy
That it is an allusion to 9/11. Aiyoh, just enjoy the movie-lah!
* canggih = awesome. If you’re curious what language this is, it’s Malay.