War Of The Worlds Remake...Sucks Big Time

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I'm finally watching, for the first time, the War Of The Worlds remake with
Tom Cruise.

It sucks...period.

Not that the original was any great piece of acting, because let's face it,
sci fi movies usually aren't, but it was still 10 times better than this piece
of crap.

This is 2 hours of my life I am never getting back.
  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    This is 2 hours of my life I am never getting back.
    Not laughing at you, but that made me laugh. Good one.

    My general rule is there's no rule stating you have to watch
    something in its entirety if it sucks. Probably my harshest
    treatment of a movie was years ago when I walked out after
    about 15 minutes. Can't remember the name of it. But it was
    so bad I couldn't see any possible redemption later in the
    movie.

    I rented a movie this weekend and stopped watching after
    about an hour. ZZZZZ. lol.

    I did rent Book of Eli, with Denzel Washington, and it wasn't
    bad.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    Not that the original was any great piece of acting, because let's face it, sci fi movies usually aren't, but it was still 10 times better than this piece of crap.
    I actually liked it. There were some interesting bits... ideas, mostly. Conceptual images and scene structures. Plot points. It was at least somewhat informed and instructed by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    One of the drawbacks to hanging out with film students too much is that you catch that peculiar disease they have, where they watch movies on four different levels at once: as entertainment, as art, as craft, and as concept. It's extraordinarily rare for a movie to fail on all four levels, and if you go in perfectly satisfied for it to succeed on just one... it's actually hard not to enjoy a movie.
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      War of the Worlds?!?

      Steven, I pictured you as more of a "Toy Story 3" kinda guy...:p

      ~Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I actually liked it. There were some interesting bits... ideas, mostly. Conceptual images and scene structures. Plot points. It was at least somewhat informed and instructed by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      One of the drawbacks to hanging out with film students too much is that you catch that peculiar disease they have, where they watch movies on four different levels at once: as entertainment, as art, as craft, and as concept. It's extraordinarily rare for a movie to fail on all four levels, and if you go in perfectly satisfied for it to succeed on just one... it's actually hard not to enjoy a movie.
      GEE, I watch a movie for TWO reasons....

      1. ENTERTAINMENT
      2. INFORMATION

      Art and craft can affect that, but aren't generally required. The concept supports it, but WHO CARES?

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

        The concept supports it, but WHO CARES?
        Most ignorance is willful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      I actually liked it. There were some interesting bits... ideas, mostly. Conceptual images and scene structures. Plot points. It was at least somewhat informed and instructed by the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      One of the drawbacks to hanging out with film students too much is that you catch that peculiar disease they have, where they watch movies on four different levels at once: as entertainment, as art, as craft, and as concept. It's extraordinarily rare for a movie to fail on all four levels, and if you go in perfectly satisfied for it to succeed on just one... it's actually hard not to enjoy a movie.
      Caliban, don't get me wrong, and I should have said this, I actually loved
      the original movie for what it was...as a kid. It had great special effects
      (for the time) an exciting finish, and Gene Barry, who I always liked,
      even though he overacted like hell towards the end.

      As entertainment, I loved it.

      As a work of art, as you say watching it as a film student, it left a lot
      to be desired. And the older I get, the worse the movie gets, sadly.

      But I can still watch it and enjoy it because of the good in it.

      But this remake...I can't find one thing to like about it, given that Tom
      Cruise (outside of A Few Good Men) can't act his way out of a paper
      bag.

      I'm still in shock that he was as good in that movie as he was, even
      though Nicholson stole the movie.

      It's getting harder for me, as I get older, to enjoy movies that are not
      well made, even if there is something about them that I would have liked
      as a kid...especially sci fi stuff with special effects.

      Years ago, that's all I would have needed to be entertained.

      Today...it's a whole different story.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Well, it's finally over...thank goodness.

        Awful...just awful.
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        • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
          So you were on the Warrior Forum while watching the movie with the family? No wonder you have so many posts. :-)

          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Well, it's finally over...thank goodness.

          Awful...just awful.
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          • Profile picture of the author QuickSurf
            I didn't think it was that bad, but hearing her scream all the time was annoying as hell lol
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  • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    This is 2 hours of my life I am never getting back.
    No sympathy at all for you. The movie sleeve/jacket would've quite clearly stated "starring Tom Cruise".

    That was all the information you needed.

    If you still watched the movie whilst knowing this, then you probably deserve to have 2 hours of your life taken from you.

    Remember, always read the move jacket/sleeve/cover, and if it bears the words "Tom Cruise", avoid it like the plague.

    You know it makes sense.

    On a different note, the original WOTW was, and stiil is, the only movie to give me nightmares as a kid. Dom't know why, it just did.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    The orginal was a classic.
    The remake just so-so.
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    The movie was sprinkled w/ a lot of cheese. However, I thought the visuals were superb on this movie. The way the bodies vaporized was just plain haunting. Watching these giant creatures and listening to their echoing noises brought me back to when I first watched godzilla as a kid. I thought it was a fun movie.
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  • Profile picture of the author dalejustin1
    Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny--another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
      There were three War of the Worlds films released in 2005. One from The Asylum, the Spielberg version and one from Pendragon Pictures.

      Of the first two, I think The Asylum version is actually the better one. (But skip the sequel.)

      I haven't seen the Pendragon Pictures version.

      Of the ones I've seen, I don't think any top the 1953 version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Jonathan Waters was asked about remaking The Wizard of Oz and had a great response...He said we shouldn't remake good movies, it's the bad ones that need to be remade.

    My least favorite Tom Cruise remake was Mission Impossible. That movie had nothing to do with the TV series except pulling off the fake faces. The best part of the TV show was the team work and executing the plan. The movie was nothing but Cruise being a one-man show.

    The Ocean's 11 remake should have been Mission Impossible, and they should have left the original Ocean's 11 alone. Ocean's 11 was a great movie with a great ending (one of the best ever) that was left out of the remake. Why remake a movie and leave out the best part?
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoria Kelley
    The Daughter freaking out all the time, was hard to take. I would rather have rubbed nylon against my teeth, than listen to one more scream from that young girl.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

    I'm finally watching, for the first time, the War Of The Worlds remake with
    Tom Cruise.

    It sucks...period.

    Not that the original was any great piece of acting, because let's face it,
    sci fi movies usually aren't, but it was still 10 times better than this piece
    of crap.

    This is 2 hours of my life I am never getting back.
    Sheesh! What a waste of 10 seconds coming to this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick B
    It's just so easy to be disappointed by remakes. Think about it. The only reason Hollywood makes a remake is because the original was so very successful. That nearly guarantees that the remake will be lacking in at least some ways compared to the original.

    Most sci-fi movies try to make up for that through modern special effects, but a lousy script with lousy acting and great special effects is still a lousy movie.

    I actually enjoyed the War of the World remake. I even watched it a second time. I do agree, however, that in every way except (perhaps) special effects, the original movie was superior. Actually, even the special effects were pretty spectacular for a 1953 film!
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    yep I agree it was sh*ire Not as bad as Indy 4..but close. Don't they realize when they make these movies how bad they are?
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    I couldn't agree more....I am sick of these CGI, ancy specail effect movies that are pure crap. 2012, Rise of the Cobra, Independence day, Indy 4, etc...

    I watch Paranormal activity...4 actors, no special effects as such..but what a creepy movie.

    Come on Hollywood...it's the story that comes first.
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  • Profile picture of the author sloanjim
    i hear they going to remake JAWS.....WHAt huge mistake thet will be. They'll never recapture that chemistry with the three guys in the boat.

    "I think we'll need a bigger boat"

    My favourite movie of all time and I would refuse to watch the remake...i suppose it would be a 50 foot CGI shark with advance A.I. ? PLEASE DO NOT REMAKE THIS!
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