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jodee Sun 03-Jul-05 23:05:12

Well, I actually got to see a 'grown up' film for the first time in over a year and it was good! Best disaster movie (if that's your thing) for a very long time. Not gung-ho like Independence Day. The 'hero' TC wasn't out to save the planet, just save his estranged kids, who are left with him for the weekend. Bit sentimental at the end and I don't know how true the film is to the book, but not a bad night out.

hazlinh Mon 04-Jul-05 07:30:08

the movie was a bit of a let-down imo. tom cruise was highly unbelievable as your average joe. and despite all the hype, the movie lacked action, like jodee says it is not like Independence Day.
However, there was a bit too much blood and gore.but the ending was so anti-climactic!!!what a disappointment.

(warning! slight spoiler ahead)
Hey Jodee, did you figure out how his ex-wife and her parents survived?weird.
also do u reckon her new hubby got killed??

jodee Tue 05-Jul-05 19:18:55

Hi hazlinh (sorry, only just saw your response!). Do you not think TC that believable? I think he's become a very versatile actor as he's matured, never used to like him but I enjoy all his more recent films now.

No idea now the family survived, it looked like just another windy autumn day in Boston, didn't it.

Thought it very funny how TC had the only working car (apart from the army) in the whole of NY!

swiperfox Tue 05-Jul-05 19:21:11

can i just ask how scary it is? I would love to see this movie but am a complete wimp when it comes to anything remotely scary!!!!

LittleStarsweeper Tue 05-Jul-05 19:23:45

Wouldnt call it scary, but rivetting from start to finish. I didnt take my eyes off the screen for a moment. Mind you I dont get out much

lilibet Tue 05-Jul-05 19:37:16

It's a 12a, is it suitable for children?

jodee Tue 05-Jul-05 19:43:02

Wouldn't say scary as in a horror film, more shocking - I wouldn't personally take an under 12.

SecondhandRose Tue 05-Jul-05 19:43:45

No def. not suitable for children, DH saw it last night.

swiperfox Tue 05-Jul-05 19:44:39

is it very gory? lol sorry i'm so pathetic but desperate to take dp to see it when we go out for my birthday - would rather go in prepared than have nightmares for weeks lol

LittleStarsweeper Tue 05-Jul-05 19:45:10

interesting, I wouldnt take under 15. I think it is emotionally draining and would be scary for kids.

Tortington Tue 05-Jul-05 20:12:30

am taking my 12 year olds and 15 year old to see it this weekend. cant wait

MeerkatsUnite Wed 06-Jul-05 17:38:05

Feel that its too intense overall for children under 12.

Two scenes I am thinking of in particular were quite intense.

Flamesparrow Wed 06-Jul-05 17:39:36

Could have done with a bigger gap before you wrote the spoiler

Davros Thu 07-Jul-05 21:35:21

Hoping to go tomorrow even tho DS's school closed. Can't wait.

hazlinh Fri 08-Jul-05 05:52:25

yikes...sorry flamesparrow



it definitely not suitable for kids aged 12...very emotionally draining and traumatising imo

lol jodee...another windy autumn day in boston. i thot it was post-tripod and they all had looked traumatised and been thro hell.

Flamesparrow Fri 08-Jul-05 08:03:28

Was a tad hormonal that day

Tis my own fault for reading the thread... normally I don't in case I see something I shouldn't

hamster Fri 08-Jul-05 08:50:43

Good-not as good as the original.
Obviously the effects are excellent, not a film you'd take the kids to see...put it that way!

QueenEagle Fri 08-Jul-05 08:56:55

dh and me saw it the other night. It's not action-packed and full of stunts in a Bruce Willis or Will Smith sorta way - true, but still scary and shocking in places; its done more from an everyday-Joe kinda perspective.

I thought it was pretty good and I will take my older 2 kids aged 13 and 11 to see it. Won't take my 9 year old though despite him pleading with me. I think he would have nightmares about it especially as a lot of the action centres around a little girl. I'm quite looking forward to seeing it again.

Diddle Fri 08-Jul-05 17:34:27

well Dh and I loved it, I am a TC fan though. can;t believe he is 43, probably the oldest man i've fancied, i'm ony 24. Hes yummy. We loved it so much we're going again next weekend. can't wait for the dvd to come out.

Twiga Fri 08-Jul-05 17:53:56

Went to see this with dh last night and really enjoyed it. As a fan of Wells' book I was dreading the fact that they might have mangled it, but was pleasantly suprised with how well done the story was. Felt they kept the main themes/elements of the book despite the modern day setting - also the monolouges at the start/finsh were lifted directly from the book which was a nice touch. Wouldn't take a child below the age of 12 to see it for the reasons others have stated - not a fan of scarey films myself but this was ok, not paticularly gorey and anything horrible was implied rather than shown.

Cristina7 Fri 08-Jul-05 18:12:07

I saw this on Wednesday, a parent & baby screening at the local Odeon. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I'm sending DH & DS(5) tomorrow to see it.

hercules Fri 08-Jul-05 18:12:51

I promised to take ds (91/2) to see this. Is it really not good for this age?

Davros Fri 08-Jul-05 20:02:26

I would NOT take a 9 year old, its relentless. There's no time for anything much except surviving. It was good, can't say it qualifies as a multi-viewer on my personal film rating system. I like Tom Cruise, he's a really good actor and love Spielberg usually (not including AI). I think anyone more sensitive than me might get freaked out by it after the events yesterday. Full of very scared people trying to get away, thinking they are going to be killed. Excellent FX

QueenEagle Sat 09-Jul-05 11:10:09

Cristina7 - are you seriously taking your 5 year old to see this film???

I would advise strongly against it. I took my dd aged 13 and ds1 aged 11.5 and they were both jumping out of their seats and ds kept holding on to me at various points. A 5 year old will be seriously spooked by it. Don't do it.

MistressMary Sat 09-Jul-05 11:22:03

I thought it was very scarey and thought 12a was not suitable even. A bit nasty in one or two places.

Very intense all the way through.

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