Happy new year, everyone! Let's start the new year with reviews of movies. Unfortunately, I start this first review in a negative tone. Last year, I watched War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg. You may hate me for this (geez, I hope not!). I don't like this movie much. It seems either Steven Spielberg lose his touch, or there's that Tom Cruise factor that ruin my pleasure watching this. Not to mention Dakota Fanning. Don't get me wrong; they are talented actors and great director. But sometimes...just sometimes, I want to watch a movie where I don't wish the actors got struck by a lightning.
Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a working class man living in New Jersey. He's estranged from his family, his life isn't in order, and he's too caught up with himself. But the unthinkable and the unexpected happens to him in an extraordinary sense. Aliens are coming to destroy Earth. As they plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must come to the defense of his children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin).
First of all, the actors -- Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. Despite Tom Cruise's personal life and antics and his bigotry in everything, the man does make great movies. Jerry Maguire is my favorite movie among others. Dakota Fanning also creepin' me out. She is very talented for a tween actress, but her performance sometimes just make me wanna hurl. She's only what, not yet twelve, but she acts, talks, and her behavior is like a 32 years old. Creepy. But regardless, this movie is actually decent. The depiction of the surreal environment and reality makes this movie actually more beliveable than Independence Day. Unfortunately, for summer block buster sometimes you need to watch a fun loving action movie instead of this dark real depressing about, well...war. Anyway, the special effects in this movie are awesome, I give them that. But the storylines seems a bit blah. It stays basically in the main characters' point of view, and they hardly showing anything beside staying at the main characters all the time.
Ray and Rachel are the most unlikeable characters I've ever met in a movie. I'd expect as protagonists in a movie, I want them to be heroes -- but they spend most of their time in the movie arguing, screaming, crying, even being selfish. One last straw to me when they meet Harlan Ogivly (Tim Robbins) who provides them a shelter during their escape from aliens. We spent a better hour to hear him whining, paranoid, and just plain crazy. Spoiler ahead......when Ray killed Harlan because he's becoming crazier, I lost all respect to Ray. The whole movie is totally wasted because it mainly focuses on these three characters, and not to others. And don't let me start with the ending of the movie which is very dissapointing. What the hell? Although it stays true to the novel and the original movie, which I thought was much better, I thought this movie could be better by having different actors and rather have more lighter approach. They seems confused about what audience it's trying to reach, and consequently, isn't likely to satisfy any of them. I feel like I just want to avoid this movie altogether.
Due to my hectic schedule, I will not be able to review all new movies every week. I apologize. I will however review some older movies from DVDs from time to time. Thank you for understanding.
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