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Typical Hollywood Trash

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Hollywood Blockbusters like this are main reason why I find myself looking more for independent releases. This movie had so much potential because it had an excellent book to back it as well as Spielberg, but two things ruined it: Tom Cruise, and major plot holes.

-Why did camcorder still work after electo-magnetic blast took out everything else?
-How come only Tom Cruise's mechanic (and entire army) are only people that knew how to fix cars after the electro-magnetic blast?
-Why do people run in straight lines down the road when being chased by alien spider-bots?
-How come a crashed airliner managed to take out the entire neighborhood, but the holy minivan didnt even get a scratch?
-The world is ending, everyone you know is dead, so why is everyone walking calmly in large groups to unknown destination without panic?
-Tom Cruise is the only one in a large US crowd with a gun? come on.

Then my brain really started hurting, so i just couldnt comprehend the rest, or even TRY to explain it. red stuff everywhere? then some typical army rah-rah stuff, then something about a pedophile, then humans being harvested, then you have the cheezy ending of re-uniting loves ones (i guess Boston didnt get attacked since everyone was still at home) and to wrap up the invasion story-line, something about birds killing the aliens.

Ah well, at least they didnt upload a virus via USB port of an Apple laptop, like they did in Independence Day. LOL.

Added by Prelude
11 years ago on 24 October 2006 13:48


Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 14:16
Haha, nice review man, I agree completely. Still, the movie more or less followed the book, but they could have done so much more.
Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 14:39
Really? I never read the book, but i assumed certain stuff like the plane crash, minivan thing, camcorder thing, and the insanely idiotic 'return the kid back to her mom' storyline was a bit improvised by the screenwriters.

The spider-bots and invasion were neat special f/x, which is only reason i gave this movie its 3 points, but when a game like HalfLife2 with its own spiderbots and alien invasion plot, when a VIDEO GAME has so much more depth and drama, that puts this movie (and book) to shame.
Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 15:02
Alright, the things you named were indeed too much of Hollywood on rampage, but the end, how the tripods got to their end, that was like the original story.

And yes, Half-Life 2 is indeed everything this movie should have been.
Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 16:38
so what exactly happened at the end? i started drinking faster as the movie progressed, so the ending is very vague. Is it bird flu that killed the aliens? ;)
Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 16:41
Something of the sort, yes.

Tiny earth bacils, to be precise. The tripods catched a cold.

And Tom Cruise's family was happy together again at last. Well, happy, as happy as one can be being a member of the scientology church, meaning you can't watch any movie or tv program without Tom Cruise himself in it.
Posted: 11 years, 12 months ago at Oct 24 20:27
Everytime I picture the scientology 'cult', I get reminded of that hilarious movie 'Bowfinger', where Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) starts rambling "Kit. Kit. Kit it together!" and then running to his Mind Head mentor. LOL

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