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January 18, 2005

War of the Worlds

Writing about web page http://www.waroftheworlds.com/

I got very excited when I read a comment on Sarah's blog just now – a forthcoming film of War of the Worlds! But… Spielberg? Tom Cruise? Rubbish poster with tagline "They're already here"?

Hearing that incredible, unmatchable intro "...being watched by intelligences greater than our own..." "...slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us" transposed into a generic American trailer voiceover was actually a traumatic experience.

You should know that the very best thing about War of the Worlds – apart from the fact that it petrified me when I was 10 – is that it's based around where I grew up. Weybridge, Byfleet and the Chertsey Meads all get plenty of mentions throughout the story. I used to picture the alien machines striding across the Meads behind my school, with the vivid imagination you lose as childhood fades.

This film – "the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it" for ****'s sake – should be stopped at all costs.


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