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Original Title: The War Of The Worlds
H.G. Wells' classic novel is brought to life in this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly.
The Martians unchain a direct assault to our planet, with hundreds of invulnerable ships. The invasion takes place all over the world, and all the major cities are destroyed one after one--even the atomic bomb can't stop them. But if the humans can't beat them, who can? Maybe something MUCH smaller....
This is one of the best science fiction movies of the 20th Century. It isn't very scary today, since we just had a remake War of the Worlds and it was completely stunning, with perfect special effects and great acting. But this movie was the best of its time, and some of its special effects still look good today (not counting the painted backgrounds.) It starts with a chilling commentary by Cedric Hardwicke, who informs us about the Martians searching for a suitable planet, then cuts to a small, bright object streaking through the sky. Some of the dialogue could be improved ("Is that a fireball or somethin'?"; "Jeepers that's big!", etc.) but if you take some of it to be a joke, it's OK. The supposed meteorite, which is metal and shaped like a cylinder, lands in Pine Summit, and three men are told to keep watch to make sure it doesn't start any fires. The rest of the town goes off to a square dance, leaving the three men to freeze their asses off in the middle of the forest. The cylinder unscrews and a periscope-like machine emerges, shooting an orange beam at the men and disintegrating them and their cars. Back at the square dance, all lights, phones, and watches stop working. Clayton Forrester, a scientist, discovers that his watch has been magnetized, and the hands are pointing towards Pine Summit. They go to the impact site, and discover three burnt piles of ash sitting in the dirt in front of the gully. The Heat Ray rotates slowly from the inside of the cylinder, and Forrester realizes what has happened. The military is called in, and three fighting machines, enormous metal manta-rays equipped with Heat Rays and standing on tripod legs, step out of the cylinder. They sweep all of the soldiers and their weapons out of existence, and Forrester and Sylvia, a woman he meets, escape in a fighter airplane. They take shelter in a deserted farmhouse when another cylinder hits the house. It collapses around them, and they are trapped in a pile of rubble. An electronic eye on the end of a metal tentacle comes in and explores the room, and when it sees them, Forrester cuts the end off and it retreats. Finally, the Martians come in and we see them. They are brown and wrinkled, and are made up of an enormous head, two long arms ending in suction-cupped fingers, a tri-lensed eye, and six tentacles for legs. Forrester throws a board at it, and it screams and runs. Martian blood splashes on Sylvia's scarf, and they take it to a lab for testing. They discover that there are no diseases on Mars, and therefore no immune systems. This is important to the plot, but signifies nothing at the moment. The army drops an atomic bomb on the war machines, but the blast is deflected by invisible, umbrella-shaped electromagnetic force fields projected from the tripods' legs. Los Angeles is destroyed and Sylvia is separated from Forrester in the confusion. Clayton's van and equipment are destroyed by an angry mob, and he says that it was their last chance for survival, as he had blood samples in the van that showed how vulnerable the Martians were to terrestrial sickness. Forrester finds Sylvia in a church, where desperate people are praying to God for a miracle to save them as the Martians destroy the city. Finally, the noise outside ceases, and they go outside to see what is wrong. A Tripod has shut down and crashed into the church. The hatch on the bottom hisses open and a dead Martian falls out, slain by the common cold. Fade out.
This science fiction picture hits it out of the park as first impressions. After you first see it, especially if you're a kid, your mind is swelled up with visions of buildings being blown apart and the army getting blasted to pieces. You also realize, since this came out way back in '53, that it was very influential on the sf genre, in terms of alien technology, such as death rays - those exotic weapons that actually disintegrate things and people ("The Day the Earth Stood Still", from '51, was another early use of such weapons). But this War of the Worlds was in color; this was where much of the 'death by alien weapons' can be traced back to. The story was updated from the original HG Wells novel to present-day California, which upset Wells' purists. But it was actually a clever decision; the threat to modern-day America and the rest of the world made the picture more frightening - much like the radio show by Orson Welles in '38, the threat seemed immediate and less improbable.
Since the story does take place in the present time (for 1953 viewers), we get to see the full might of the modern armed forces leveled against the invaders, up to and including the atom bomb. The story doesn't hold back; unlike many other alien invasion stories, which show a very limited scope of the invasion (i.e.small group of survivors) either due to budget reasons or story conceptions, this film goes all out. We see the effect of the invasion on the entire world (for example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France toppling) through clever use of photos, stock footage and narration. We are in the center of operations making decisions at the highest levels for how to combat the invaders (even the big budget remake last year concentrated on the main character & his family; we are left guessing as to what everyone else, including our leaders, are doing). We also see real footage of mass evacuations from big cities, such as L.A., lending a scope and scale to this type of picture rarely seen before or after ("Independence Day" in '96 went for this scope, as well).
The picture has dated pretty well, so far; I think a lot of this has to do with the aforementioned use of modern weapons, especially the atomic bomb. On the other hand, there is a strong biblical slant to the narration, some of the characters, and to the conclusion, since this was the fifties. But even in this case, one of the early victims of the aliens seemed to shield himself with a bible, to no avail; I remember I was a bit shocked when I first saw this scene. This is a pretty exciting, fast-moving tale of mass destruction and still one of the ones to beat for sheer thrills.
Corona, California, about 50 miles south-southeast of Los Angeles proper. Corona is in Riverside County near where Interstate 15 and route 91 now interesect. Neither highway was there at the time: just the old US 395. Corona was mainly ranches, farms, and woods at the time. It is now a relatively modern, bustling city near where two major Southern California highways and two large California counties (Orange and Riverside) meet.
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