War Of The Worlds (directed by Steven Spielberg, 116 min)
Everyone's complaining that this is the worst summer at the box office in years.
If any film can get it out of its slump it's War Of The Worlds , Steven Spielberg 's update of the H. G. Wells novel about aliens invading earth.
Tom Cruise - you may have heard of him - plays a deadbeat dad who's looking after kids Justin Chatwin and Dakota Fanning when the monsters hit. The plot doesn't matter. Mr. Spielberg, we are so there.
The strangest factoid is that Morgan Freeman plays the narrator. Gee, does a monster movie need a narrator? And how many films has Freeman narrated anyway?
Opens Wednesday (June 29). For venues and times, see Movies, page 107. Screened after press time. See mini-review June 29 at www.nowtoronto.com/film and full review in the June 30 issue of NOW.
Land Of The Dead (directed by George Romero, 93 min)
Dawn Of The Dead, Shaun Of The Dead, 28 Days Later.... Zombie movies simply will not die.
What sets George A. Romero's Land Of The Dead (yes, that's the whole title) apart is the return of writer/director Romero, who began the whole creepy genre with 1968's Night Of The Living Dead and then rose up again with Dawn Of The Dead and Day Of The Dead.
Let's see who among Dennis Hopper , John Leguizamo , Simon Baker (The Ring Two hunk) and Asia Argento (daughter of horror-meister Dario Argento) survive. My money's on Hopper receiving a particularly gruesome end.
Opens Friday (June 24). For venues and times, see Movies, page 107. Screened after press time. See review Thursday (June 23) at www.nowtoronto.com/film.