War of the Worlds: The True Story

Rated NR

War of the Worlds: The True Story tackles H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi tale in mockumentary format—recounting a 1900 Martian invasion of Earth as if it actually happened, using ostensibly declassified and reenacted material. If done correctly, telling extraordinary stories with ordinary means can be clever and effective (proven, appropriately enough, by Orson Welles’ panic-inducing broadcast of Wells’ story in 1938), but here, it’s undermined by amateurish production, chintzy CG, and an obnoxious surplus of flickering, sepia-toned iMovie filters.


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Film Credits
Timothy Hines
Floyd Reichman, Jim Cissell