War of the Worlds (2005)
First screened in June 2005
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, David Alan Basche. Screenplay: Josh Friedman and David Koepp (based on the novel by H.G. Wells).

Twitter Capsule: Dark, pummeling sci-fi thriller, then bad Tim Robbins short film, then egregious end. Whoever won, we all lost.

VOR:   Hard to endorse for same reason it's worth studying: as Hollywood's baldest attempt to incorporate 9/11 iconography in summer blockbuster spectacle. Misguided, I think, but interesting.

Photo © 2005 Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks SKG

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Sound: Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, and Ron Judkins
Best Sound Effects: Richard King
Best Visual Effects: Dennis Muren, Pablo Helman, Randy Dutra, and Daniel Sudick

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