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The War Of The Worlds

"Earth versus the Enemy Unknown"

"Amazing Effects For The Time"

"Dated but fun film"

"Martians are Coming!!"

The War Of The Worlds by H G Wells

H.G. Wells' chilling novel of the invasion of the Earth by Martians becomes even more sinister when translated to the cinema.

Review

This is the classic HG Wells story of a Martian invasion brought to the big screen, and it instantly became a science-fiction classic and winner of the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects. It's a work of frightening imagination, with its manta-ray spaceships armed with cobra-like probes that shoot a white-hot disintegration ray. As formations of alien ships continue to wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon. Gene Barry and Ann Robinson play the hero and heroine roles that were de rigueur for movies like this in the 50s, and their encounter with one of the Martians is as creepy today as it was in 1953. It finally takes an unseen threat - simple Earth bacteria - to conquer the alien invaders, but not before War of the Worlds has provided a dazzling display of impressive visual and sound effects. This is a movie for the ages, the kind of spectacle that inspired little kids such as Steven Spielberg (not to mention Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, whose Independence Day is a remake in all but name) and still packs a punch.

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