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War of the Worlds 

Set in contemporary France, this Anglo-French reimagining of H. G. Wells' classic in the style of Walking Dead follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike.

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Léa Drucker ...  Catherine Durand 8 episodes, 2019
Gabriel Byrne ...  Bill Ward 8 episodes, 2019
Adel Bencherif ...  Colonel Mokrani 8 episodes, 2019
Natasha Little ...  Sarah Gresham 8 episodes, 2019
Elizabeth McGovern ...  Helen Brown 8 episodes, 2019
Daisy Edgar-Jones ...  Emily Gresham 8 episodes, 2019
Bayo Gbadamosi ...  Kariem Gat Wich Machar 8 episodes, 2019
Ty Tennant ...  Tom 8 episodes, 2019
Stephen Campbell Moore ...  Jonathan Gresham 8 episodes, 2019
Aaron Heffernan ...  Ash Daniel 7 episodes, 2019
Paul Gorostidi ...  Nathan 7 episodes, 2019
Stéphane Caillard ...  Chloe Dumont 6 episodes, 2019
Mathieu Torloting Mathieu Torloting ...  Sacha 5 episodes, 2019
Emilie de Preissac ...  Sophia 4 episodes, 2019
Alysson Paradis ...  Officier Clara / ... 3 episodes, 2019
Guillaume Gouix ...  Noah 3 episodes, 2019
Augustin Raguenet Augustin Raguenet ...  Alexis / ... 3 episodes, 2019
Oliver Zetterström ...  Theo 2 episodes, 2019
Michael Marcus ...  Dan 2 episodes, 2019
Georgina Rich ...  Rachel 2 episodes, 2019
Beatriz Romilly ...  Ines 2 episodes, 2019
Théo Christine Théo Christine ...  Saaid 2 episodes, 2019
Colin Mace ...  Chris 2 episodes, 2019
Jane Wood Jane Wood ...  Ruth 2 episodes, 2019
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Set in contemporary France, this Anglo-French reimagining of H. G. Wells' classic in the style of Walking Dead follows pockets of survivors forced to team up after an apocalyptic extra-terrestrial strike.

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16 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Good but will not please everyone
30 October 2019 | by wormansederSee all my reviews

I am a native French speaker and speak English quite well, so I looked at the version with both languages.

This is not a action series. Spielberg fans, go your way! So we have here a free adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel, which I read a number of years ago, and we must remember that the 2005 movie was too. The story is interesting and includes a British and French cast, which is new to me. We find the progression of 3 groups of people in this post-apocalyptic world between the Alps and London who are trying to find meaning in what happened to humanity after the surprise attack of the 1st episode. The motivations of the main characters are divided between pure survival, the search for relatives and the search for reasons and justifications for the attack rather than eradicating the invader.

Concerning the scenario, it was chosen to unfold the story in a rather intimate way by focusing only on the 3 groups as well as to develop some personal aspects, sometimes too much. I would perhaps have preferred to see more references to human nature (selfishness, individualism...),which was criticised by H.G. Wells, there are a few but not many. On the other hand, I have noted some inconsistencies concerning travels, sometimes too fast, and one or two script inconsistencies that sound weird.

For the realization, we will also note the profusion of plans with the dead people on the ground which reinforces this feeling of "alone in the world " The dominant colour in the different shots remains grey which is common in Canal+ series.

The acting is often good but I have a lot of trouble with Léa Drucker and we will also notice from time to time some unconvincing dialogue.

The soundtrack is minimalist and unpretentious and it should be remembered that it is not a blockbuster, that it is useless to put epic music on a series that wants to be cold and dark. Not everyone will like it, but it was enough for me.

As for the last scene, although it is surprising, I was expecting it with the rare clues crumbled during these 8 episodes.


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