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Monday, July 4

Review: War of the Worlds

Spielberg's version of War of the Worlds is not a science fiction parable, like the 1950s version. It's not a polemic on the folly of man, like the original book. Any marvel at how the alien technology works is lost in their relentless, seemingly purposeless, destruction of humanity. It's much closer to the radio play in that it's a survival horror.

That horror is best summed up in a question, never broached in the 50s version: Why are the tripods COLLECTING people? Spielberg unflinchingly tells us. [MORE]

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posted by Michael Tresca at 1:12 PM


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