"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
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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