War of the Worlds
Directed by: Steven Spielberg.
Actors: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto.
Released: 2005.
MPAA Rating: PG-13.
Length: 116 min.
Sci-Fi Action Thriller.

Spoiler warning for this review.

Brief outline:
Ray Ferrier(Tom Cruise) is a working class man living in New Jersey. He is about to look after his kids, while his divorced wife is going to Boston with her new boyfriend. Soon the sky is filled with massive thunderstorms, a bit later huge machines comes up from the ground where the lightning struck. The machines start killing people, and a frightening escape from these things starts for Ray and his kids.

Personal opinions
This movie adds some original content to the genre of Alien invasion. This movie is one of the better movies from Steven Spielberg.

Good
It is a bit fun to watch.

Bad. Warning Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers and spoilers
During the movie you look at the clock and think how the heck are they going to defeat these things. Steven Spielberg is such a mainstream Hollywood movie maker that he would not have allowed the human race to get wiped out. How the Aliens die in this movie is very bad. They come from a billion light-years away and then die of earth bacteria, which humans have become resistant to during the evolution.

One problem with Aliens in movies is that they look so similar to things found on earth, they have two hand like things, something that looks like a head and so on. An Alien would probably look like something never seen before, like some sort of slime, or like movable foil.

It has the classical Hollywood trap “let no bad things happen to the hero/main characters”, it is fine to show virtually everybody else getting zapped, except the main characters miraculously never gets hit, or manages to swim to shore after a giant alien space ship comes up from the water and starts to zapp everybody. Even Robbie survives after joining the military, and as we see in the military unit gets wiped out.

It fires up under all the terror paranoia, that America is about to be attacked any minute, and possible some sort of critique of America, George W. Bush and the imperialistic politics. The Aliens are the imperialists. Except it gets a bit screwed up that it is Americans that gets attacked (Americans are normally the imperialistic attacker).

It seems a be a ripped from Matrix 3 where these giant machines are coming to attack the defenseless humans, except there are Aliens inside the machines. There is also the similarity of growing humans for food.

Bottom Line
It is a nice sci-fi movie, it is has some original points that have not been seen before.
Rating: 7/10 (where 10 is the best).