DavePhillips' Rating of The War of the Worlds

Dave's Review of The War of the Worlds

12 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds(2005)

Well, when all is said and done and Spielberg looks over his life work, WOTW is not going to rank at the top of anyone's list. Having said that, its pretty good. He stays very close to the original material and, since we all pretty much know that formula, there are no big surprises and the ending seems too easy. Great mood throughout however and, since I get easily frightened at movies, had me closing me eyes occasionally. Tom Cruise is under-utilized here doing his standard "immature adult rising to the occasson" part (ala A Few Good Men, Minority Report etc). The little girl is excellent and man can she scream. Aliens are subpar for SS. No big life lessons unless you have alien-phobia and need some exposure work.