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War Of The Worlds Woking Trailer 2007

war of the worlds trailer movie 2007 filmWoking, Early 2007. Byebye

War Of The Worlds In Woking 2007 Trailer, set in Woking, as it should be. Back the roots of the original H.G. Wells story.

Richard K. has done a splendid job of rendering Woking to dust in a digital attack from ’scrutinising lifeforms’. From smart sound effects, to ‘heart rendering’ (read: hilarious) explosions of landmarks in and around Woking.

The voiceover and music, which I believe are from Jeff Wayne’s Musical War Of The Worlds, is absolutely perfect.

Even though it’s only two and a half minutes long, it packs a real punch. The tension actually builts as the invaders come closer to Earth. The digital effects fit in well, and I love the bit where … ah, but that’d be telling. Just watch it!

I bet some people wish they’d digitally blown up some of the dives though, those places are frequented by aliens already.

BTW, Thanks to all the people who emailed me on this, it must be just about everyone I know, especially Paul cos he got the first email across.

Now, I’m off the play it just one more time…

See images of the actual War Of The Worlds Martian Sculpture which is in Woking.

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War Games

When Computers Were Mysterious.

John Badham’s 1983 film War Games shows how an intelligent, reclusive student uses his skills to rebel in a fun kind of way. He gets his thrills from doing something which only a select few can do. It was made and is set in a time when the iron curtain was still present (and posed a real threat), when computers were still mysterious and not to mention it is set in a pre-Windows era (who reading this thinks Windows has been around forever?).

It tells the story of David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) who has the means and the knowledge to allow him to hack into remote computers using an analogue modem and some hot kit (for 1983). He innocently changes his grades as they aren’t as good as his parents wished. It is my view that his low grades were not because he was crap at the subjects, but because he was sidetracked away from his subjects because of his interests. He simply concentrated on the things that interested him.

As well as changing his grades, he uses a sequential phone dialler to dial into remote systems to locate a games publisher. By accident he happens to dial into NORAD. That’s where the adventure (and the War Games) really starts.

One of the things that stand out is the following quote which you can’t help sniggering at:

Mr. Liggett: Alright, Lightman. Maybe you can tell us who first suggested the idea of reproduction without sex.
David Lightman: Um, your wife?

This was a landmark performance for Matthew Broderick and fired him into fame as a top notch actor. With Ally Sheedy by his side, it was hard to fail. They play off each other well, each complimenting the other. Both of them interested in the neat computer he has.

But it’s John Wood who plays Dr. Stephen Falken who caught my eye. He is such a formidable actor, you can see the passion on his face, the wonder in his voice when he talks about the dinosaurs. Even when he’s simply playing Tic Tac Toe with Joshua, the passion is evident like a tidal wave on the screen.

Overall, it’s a feel good SF movie which enthralled the movie watching public at the time. It was a very nieve time in terms of computers, and this movie showed part fact and part fiction; but it is still as relevent today as it was then.

By the way, I’ve noticed in some places War Games is classed as a thriller. To me it is SF through and through, simply for the reason that when it was originally released, we never really knew if what was portrayed in the movie was quite fact or fiction…

Overall: Scifi UK Review Wargames four out of five

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