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War of the Worlds

Postby HitRed on Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:46 am

Just finished watching the first three episodes. It actually takes place mostly in England/France which is an interesting twist as the original movie was in the United States. It definitely carries the science in the sci-fi. I won’t reveal how people die but the creators spent a lot of time thinking about it.

Keys to good sci-fi
Keep the main characters in the dark.
Let the audience see the main characters learning.
Keep the enemy a very slow reveal.

This isn’t for everyone. The plot pace is literally walking.The special effects are ok. Many things are heard or barely seen. Think The Thing. Or Predator with way less special effects.

Interestingly enough, I found the older ex-couple most compelling. Also, the plot thread leading up to the special forces and the grocery store was very good.

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Re: War of the Worlds

Postby Dukasaur on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:08 am

HitRed wrote:Just finished watching the first three episodes. It actually takes place mostly in England/France which is an interesting twist as the original movie was in the United States.

H.G. Wells original book took place in England. The movie adaptations moved it to the U.S., but they cannot be described as the "original."

Book first, then Orson Welles' radio play, then the 1950s movie, then the musical, then 2005 movie, now this.

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Re: War of the Worlds

Postby jonesthecurl on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:33 am

I was amused that Tom Cruise asked audiences not to reveal the plot twist at the end... which was exactly what Wells wrote in the 1890's.
There was also a recent British series, which I didn't hear a lot of praise for. And a US TV "sequel". Not to mention Christopher Priest's wonderful "The Space Machine" which blended the story with Wells's 'Time Machine'. Also a slew of other reimaginings, in which for example Superman was involved in one instance, and Sherlock Holmes & Professor Challenger in another. I could go on for a considerable whiIe but I expect most of you are already bored.
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