Saturday, July 09, 2005

Why "War of the Worlds" should be renamed "Tom Cruise's Family in a Bunch"

How can you make a movie entitled "War of the Worlds" without any war?

Okay, I realize Spielburger was trying to make this a more 'human' story by keeping the focus small and on a man and his family, but come on now. You cannot have an epic movie without opening the lense at least a little wider. Scale, people. Scale. But the ending... dear God, the ending.

Consider the following points:

- Aliens plant underground 'tripods' here on Earth a long, long time ago.
- Aliens manage to coordinate this effort over said time, which includes maintaiing civilization and records of the original 'seeding' mission.
- Aliens manage to keep their technology backwardly compatable with existing million-year-old technology
- Aliens can transport their physical bodys via 'lightning' (ie, transporter)

Considering this level of sophistication and coordination, one can't help but wonder: HOW COULD THEY BE SO STUPID? I mean, c'mon... we put our own astronauts through quarantine when they return to Earth, you're telling me that the aliens couldn't devise some sort of environmental protection system, be it in their vehicles or as a suit?

Movies are really pissing me off, of late. Am I really asking so much, or am I just being fashionablely hyper-critical?


Blogger Vicdamonjr said...

Man, that's exactly how I felt! It's a fucking war. The original covered the aspects of how the aliens were kicking ass and how they were impervious to our weapons. It showed how we were failing as a world against the aliens.

The ending though! Ain't that some shit.

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I haven't seen the ending of this movie, but in the original the aliens dying of disease was believable.

Back when the original movie was made, I don't think people thought that aliens were SO much more advanced (Higher Intelligence, Social Development, Evolution), I think people just thought that they put more resources into space travel and were more agressive. Sorta like we can go to Mars now if we really put the resources into it. So, the human victory in the first one was more feasible. But I haven't seen the new one.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

The current movie paints a picture of the aliens being waaaay too smart to make such a simple mistake, but your point is taken.

12:22 AM  

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