I recently saw 'War of the Worlds'; a good plot based on Well's sci-fi novel. Tom Cruise was great, though this is not his best movie, I still think it was well worth it. The ending unwraps quite fast and just falls short of my complete comprehension as to just how, seemingly simply, the aliens are defeated. Tim Robbins is classy too; his Shawshank-like efforts of digging a tunnel don't aid in his redemption though.
Somehow lack of Morgan Freeman's onscreen presence left me wanting more; his narration hints at his spiritual presence
which may add to the flavor of the movie (somewhat). He does play a key role in 'Batman Begins'.... which is why, until I saw 'Batman', I thought 'War of the Worlds' was the greatest summer hit, following in the ranks of 90's hits like 'Terminator 2' and 'Jurrasic Park'.
After seeing 'Batman', I must admit I liked Batman just a notch more (due to its realism and screenplay I suppose). Both movies
have great effects...and 'Batman' is just another example of why it usually takes a good 120+ minutes for a solid movie plot to unfold and come out with a 4 star rating in my book.
With these two flicks, my summer movie expectations have been met. Furthermore, for roughly $9 a ticket, my long-time desire for a worthwhile movie has been plentifully satisfied. Compared with prices at the pump, I still think $9 is reasonable for each of these flicks.