It is a normal day for everyone, until President of the United States James Dale (Jack Nicholson) announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity?Written by
When the Martians attack for the first time, out in the desert, Nathalie is lying on the ground and her little dog is running around, while boyfriend Jason is crawling toward her. As they reach toward each other and she pulls on his hand it comes off and the dog carries it away. A shot back to Jason's skeleton shows it laying there with outstretched arm ... except the hand is still attached. If the skin had simply peeled off and that was what the dog took, it would have collapsed like a glove, but the dog has a fully, dense hand that it bites into. See more »
A flying saucer buzzes around the opening Warner Brothers logo. See more »
A television ad had Marsha Dale saying (over the desicion of what to do about the Martians): "Kick the crud out of them!" which was an edit to what she said in the theatrical version: "Kick the crap out of them!" See more »
When I first saw this in the theater with my granddaughter, we both found to be pretty lame and disappointing, but not without some wit to it. Since then, it's been on the cable channels multiple times, and I always find myself watching it again. I really hate to admit it, but this thing has really grown on me - so much so that I finally bought the DVD.
When I first saw it, I wouldn't have given it more than a 4 out of 10, but after repeated viewings, I now give it a 9. I can't really say why, and I certainly can't justify it in any rational sense, but it all just works for me. The wry wit, the blatant social and political commentary, I find it all immensely satisfying.
My confession's over, I'll do my penance. But I have to also say that my granddaughter's opinion of it has never wavered. She considers this movie as evidence of my incipient senility...
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