By Filipe Silva (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
There are many ideas for creating a Sci-Fi story, the point is whether they are good enough to succeed.
In War of the Worlds (2005), the unfold of the scenes is extremely engaging and realistic with the brilliant acting of Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin.
Tom Cruise gives life to the character Ray Ferrier, a divorced stevedore who lives intense moments after a storm bring to Earth something never seen before. Ray sees himself in the obligation to protect his two children (played by Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) and keep them out of harm, way at all costs.
Hardly War of the Worlds would fail on exceeding my expectations, once the direction of H. G. Wells’ book adaptation was on Steven Spielberg’s hands. The renowned director knew exactly when to accelerate and reduce the pace of the plot, not dispensing with his “signature”, which is based on avoiding clichés without removing the famous essence of dramaturgy.
Disaster movies with an alien theme hardly innovate, which makes their story almost always tiresome and obvious. In War of the Worlds, however, I have noticed areas of this genre never used before in such films. Exploring a saturated theme and yet being surprising is such a challenge, but Steven Spielberg did it with great mastery.
It’s a rare kind of movie which convinced me to enjoy every minute of the work. Spielberg’s ability to transform even the silent and actionless segments into tense moments was crucial for it to be an above-average film. The amazing sound effects, combined with a great set of scenes, was the perfect recipe for an excellent action movie. The segments had long duration, what significantly intensified the realism proposed by the director.
The movie was great and I loved it, but not all the scenes showed perfection. I got really pissed off with one of the scenes and here’s the reason why: (SPOILER ALERT!) If you were the only person with a car running, in a city being invaded by aliens, you would drive below 15 km / h in a avenue lined with people looking for resources to escape? Clearly the objective was to show the characters’ care to do not hurt the people on the avenue, but some of the civilians were already staring at the car enviously and asking for a ride. This was the perfect time to speed up and avoid having the car stolen. Actually, after having the windshield broken buy a desperado man they did it! But the idiots hit the car in an attempt to divert from a woman holding a baby. The result was an intense confusion that ended with a broken nose of Rob, the loss of Ray’s weapon, a trauma to Rachel and, of course… The stolen car!
Surely this was to cause distress and nervousness, but the stupidity of the characters turned out to be very predictable and irritating at this point in the movie.
Anyway, the scenes surrounding the Tripods were the apex of adrenaline. Awesome fugues and flashing lasers crowned a great job from the film’s production team. The magic of the movie wasn’t only due to explosions and abductions. Moments of high suspense, like one in the hold of a house invaded by little creatures, got me impressed with Cruise and Fanning acting skills.
What made me love this adventure was the way the scenes improve gradually, provoking a pleasurable eagerness for the end. Meanwhile, the plot of the film brings surprising twists that induce who watches, to wait until the last minute to discover the long-awaited outcome.