20 years after shamelessly Americanizing H.G. Wells War of the Worlds those pesky aliens are back for round two by shamelessly ripping off.. erm actually i’m not sure. Best guess? Some sort of dull hybrid of Star Trek meets Starship Troopers. With enough CGI for the damn thing to count as its own video game.
I’ll admit it, I love the first one, a corny fifties style B-movie with the charisma of Will Smith, arguably one of the greatest speeches in movie history AND it holds the record for most miniature model work to appear in one film! Were it not for Pacific Rim then this would be my favorite B-Movie of all time.
It’s just a shame that this… is such a complete and utter let-down in every regard.
Where the first one was cheerful and upbeat, this is more ‘realistic’ with muted colors and even worse dialogue than the first! And the ‘characters,’ oh boy.
Put simply? I haven’t seen this much cardboard since a school trip to a box factory. None of them made any impact in any way shape or form. Hell i’m convinced three quarters of them didn’t even have names! Or if they did, then it was something bland like Tim. Or Steve. Or Bob. And there were too many of them. Where the first focused mostly on three characters, this film tries to make us care for 7-10 (I stopped counting/caring 15 minutes in.) But I liked the way hat they added 5 more in the last third of the film.
And whilst they had 20 years to work on the script the film seems to have been thrown together as it went along. With plot holes I could drive a 3500 mile wide spaceship through.
Oh, and did I mention that this thing commits the ultimate summer blockbuster sin in that it’s boring? Yeah, there’s that as well. The film has two and a half action scenes, none of which comes anything above ‘functional’ and one of which literally just kept going and going and going, long after plot, logic and audience tolerance had fled for the nearest hill.
Summing up? Yet again my theory that all the CGI, money and advertising in the world can’t make a good film.
My Score- Poor