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This review is from: War Of The Worlds (2 Disc Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
The first quarter of this lengthy remake held up the guise of an interesting and downright entertaining cinematic experience. Rather cynically however, I refused to let my guard down; Tom Cruise, a raving nutter was playing the main character, after all.
To sum up War of the Worlds (2005) in a single paragraph, which should be easy given the immense padding stretched across every surface; an instantly forgettable protagonist and his overacting daughter are forced to flee an army of rather impressive CG alien death machines across America after a freak lightning storm. Sadly most of their adventure is spent basement dwelling and catastrophic scenes of genocide are few and far between.
If anything, this botched remake has inspired me to pick up the book and 50's film in order to sort out original material from the ghastly Spielburgian blunders. Inconsistencies, nonsensical events and boring filler dialogue make the whole thing a chore to watch without a magazine or portable gaming system to pass the time spent waiting for something to actually happen.
Eventually the movie completely releases its bowels and defiles its already rocky midsection by indulging in an overstretched Scooby Doo-like collection of scenes where the generic hero has to avoid a giant metal worm. I don't see why they bothered with tense ambient sounds for this part when Tom & Jerry music would have been much more fitting.