War of the Worlds: Goliath (2014)
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Critic Reviews for War of the Worlds: Goliath
"War of the Worlds: Goliath" is just a few cereal commercials shy of a pointlessly cartoon marathon - violent, messily drawn and lifelessly dragging.
Noisy battle scenes a la 'Transformers' and 'Starship Troopers' mar this pedestrian animated sequel to H.G. Wells' original story.
Considering that the fate of humankind is at stake, "War of the Worlds: Goliath" is remarkably uninvolving.
Like a feature-length Saturday morning cartoon with dashes of violence so graphic you'd swear you'd just stepped into Ralph Bakshi's Wizards.
Audience Reviews for War of the Worlds: Goliath
He'd walk by ten naked women to get to a fight. After the War of the Worlds in the early 1900s where all the aliens died due to not being able to tolerate the Earth's bacteria, the aliens have returned with new technology and a new dedication to conquering the world. A new group of soldiers have been formed to combat the aliens but the new alien technology may be more than they can handle... "The man's out of his bleeding mind. He's keeping his dead wife's finger around his neck." Joe Pearson, director of Nick's Thanksgiving Feast, Little Dracula, and the television series Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths, & Legends, delivers War of the Worlds: Goliath. The storyline for this picture was way better and more interesting than I anticipated based on the grades this has received on here and on Netflix. I also thought the dialogue was well done and the animation has an anime feel but not too over the top. "I guess one beer wouldn't hurt." I found this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot. I liked this way more than I anticipated and thought the characters were well presented. I also really liked the animation and action scenes. This is a slightly underrated picture that is worth a viewing on Netflix. "You can grieve for your dad later. We need you in the air." Grade: B
So there I was, browsing through the new Netflix streaming content and I came across, War of the Worlds: Goliath. With a user rating of 4 stars no less, so I figure, why not. I've always liked the H. G. Wells novel, and both the 1953 and 2005 movie adaptations, so surely a Dieselpunk/Steampunk inspired animated version of the classic text should at least be entertaining. Well, not so much. War of the Worlds: Goliath, is a sequel to the classic story, and catches up with humanity fifteen years after the Martians attacked Earth. Having reverse engineered the alien war machines, early 20th century Earth sees the human race utilizing some very advanced technology. They've also set up a global initiative to recruit the best soldiers from around the world to pilot super advanced battle tripods, and prepare for the inevitable return of the Martians. Despite the rich source material, and the really intriguing concept behind the sequel, War of the Worlds: Goliath ends up being surprisingly dull. The international cast of poorly developed characters, end up being silly racial stereotypes, and the production is littered with moments of cheesy contrived melodrama. The story isn't all that complicated, yet there's so much in here that didn't make any sense to me. Its only been fifteen years since the last Martian attack ended, and there's credible evidence that a second attack is imminent. So why is everyone talking about the start of World War One? Hardly makes sense right? The Martians nearly took the planet only fifteen years ago and are coming back for round two, but let's start a global conflict using all the cool new weapons we've got! I don't know about you, but if I was the leader of the Martians, I'd just sit back and let the human race do my work for me, and then swoop in near the end to take control. The way in which the battles were fought didn't make any sense either. Soldiers repeatedly attack Martians with regular guns, shooting regular bullets, which barely scratch the paint off the invading machines. But they keep doing it anyway, and that gets old really quickly. At one point bullets hitting the protective shell on a smaller alien walker don't hurt the machine at all, but in the next shot it's easily smashed by a soldier and his knife. What? There are plenty more moments like this, and each one sadly highlighted just how poorly developed this great story premise was. On the plus side though, I did enjoy the design of the alien walkers, and the battle tripods. While a lot of the action didn't make any logical sense, it was at least decently animated and the sound design and editing was nicely done. Movie Prep: There's plenty of action to go with the cheesy dialog, and at least the effects of the Martian heat ray are decently realized. I wouldn't recommend this movie for really young children. Best Format: It's a decent looking film so a regular DVD or streaming show on a nice big TV is good enough. Best Element: The design and animation of the Martian tripods. http://talkiegazette.com/war-of-the-worlds-goliath-2012/ http://facebook.com/talkiegazette http://twitter.com/talkiegazette
It has a lot of great premises, but poor execution. Film may limit the otherwise interesting storytelling as appose to a novel. The animation goes off and on, and a few characters could have used a bit more development. The battle scenes are fairly awesome, and the designs and style are appealing to the eyes. An enjoyable enough follow-up to the classic novel.
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