War of the Worlds ★★★

Although the lengthy middle portion stuck in Tim Robbins' basement effectively kills any momentum the film had going into its Third Act, I have to agree with many cinema buffs that this is one of Steven Spielberg's most underrated efforts of the 00's. The scenes of disaster and panic are still incredibly harrowing and miles ahead of its 'found footage' protege, "Cloverfield."

Spielberg cathartically explores America's post-9/11 fears through the veil of science-fiction. The low-angle shots and incidental staging of special FX moments echo the 'on the ground' panic of news reporting on that fateful day.

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