The staff of SCIFIPUNDIT went to the sold out premiere of the Steven Spielberg remake of the classic War of the Worlds this evening and if you go into this movie thinking it is the total remake of the classic you may be sorely disappointed, but I still think it makes a great story for this day and age with everything going on in the world. Tom Cruise plays the part of Ray Ferrier, a dockworker and a not so grown up father who has weekend custody of his two children, played by Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin. The H.G. Wells classic science fiction story tells the tale of aliens coming to earth and destroying everything in their path along the way. I found it interesting how when the first attack on New Jersey happens the children believe it’s a terrorist attack where in the not so distant past, folks my own age would have thought it was the Russians invading. The story holds true to the original in respects to the ships and aliens intent upon earth. The images of the aliens ransacking an old farmhouse send chills down your spine. A few tense moments were felt by most who watched. I was seriously impressed with what Mr. Spielberg did with the special effects. It was an amazing job with keeping the original design of the tripod legged spacecraft described in the book along with the snake like scanner that slithered through the basement searching for any signs of life as it did in the original movie in the 50’s. I see this becoming another classic for Steven Spielberg. As with most of his films over the years, the suspense and energy are great in this film. I give this one 3 and a half aliens out of 5. So let us know what you think here at SCIFIPUNDIT we would love to hear from everyone.