A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. Written by
During the initial attack as Tom Cruise is running down the street, you can clearly see a street sign that reads "Van Buren". This is a nod to The War of the Worlds (1953) where Ann Robinson, who is also in this film, played 'Sylvia Van Buren'. See more »
When Rachel was channel surfing at Ray's place, she finally decides to watch SpongeBob SquarePants. However, the audio is unsynchronized with what is happening. See more »
No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, *they* observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast ...
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I saw this flick when it first opened and prior to that I was very much looking forward to seeing it from the previews. To my disappointment, it did not live up to the hype. There are numerous things that went awry with this film.
First and foremost; is the selection of Tom Cruise as the lead character. With all the media attention he's been getting lately and his surreal personality is just very distracting. As an audience, I can not separate the actor from the character he's playing Ray Ferrier. But then again, that's Tom Cruise who is always "big" whenever he acts. It seemed as though being 'too big' is the only range he knows best as far as acting is concern. He seemed like he is always constipated whenever he acts (take for instance Jerry MgGuire, A Few Good Men). His fellow actors on the other hand; Dakota Fanning (played his daughter Rachel), Justin Chatwin (played his rebellious son Robbie), were the anti-thesis of Cruise. Both young actors were convincing in the film. As an audience you react to their characters and hate them for the most parts. Such is an evidence of solid acting, you do not see the actor but you see the character they play.
Second, the plot is very simple. A man's struggle to keep his family alive as they travel from point A to point B and in the background is the alien invasion. Nothing is wrong with that plot, in fact it is quite commendable to an extent. It illustrates what men (people in general) would do I the midst of a crisis fight or flight or both. Fight to a point of killing an innocent man to flee to save his family from a conflict as depicted in a few notable scenes in the film. The drama that the film makers attempted to convey surrounding some of the scenes would have been more convincing if the antagonist were real i.e. the Nazi, the rogue tribal militia etc. But the aliens? Come on! I guess what I'm trying to say is, keep the drama out of films of this type. It just did not worked.
Third, the dialog is detached to what is going on in the film. Call me a realist, but it's not the kind of dialog you would hear victims of tsunami would be uttering. For instance:
Ray Ferrier: "They're not from around here". Robbie Ferrier: "You mean they're, like, from Europe?" Ray Ferrier: "No, Robbie, they're not from Europe."
What is up with that? It's lacking urgency and fear considering it's allegedly the end of the world.
Despite the flaws, I still managed to find the movie entertaining albeit mediocre. It has great special effects as always but even that becomes a norm these days. It's a definite rental.
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