War of the Worlds (2005)

An excellent rendition of terror, of the utter fear of being hunted, dominated, destroyed. The film opens on KOYAANISQATSI-esque shots of humans busying themselves about, while Morgan Freeman narrates from H. G. Wells’ novel, talking of aliens scrutinising humans while they went about their lives unawares. After a quick establishment of the tropes Spielberg puts…

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Why do so many adaptions of H. G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS seem to hollow out all the themes? There’s next to nothing here in keeping with the considerations of imperialism or social Darwinism in the novel, and little else in their place. The Martians using humanoid species as a source to feed…