This was a very dark and grim movie. And like its 1953 predecessor, it shows up the baser side of human nature along side its spirit to survive. The effects were what one would expect from DreamWorks and Spielberg. Tim Robbins gives a creepy performance as he becomes unhinged by the aliens.
I was surprised to see John Williams in the closing credits for the score. This ain’t your Harry Potter score. It’s an excellent match to the movie.
I appreciated the cameo appearance of a much older Gene Barry (star of the 1953 version), this time as the grandfather. What I missed (and only found by checking imdb.com), was that Ann Robinson, the heroine of the 1953 version, also plays a cameo role as the grandmother. It was a nice touch.
As I walked out of the theater, I kept looking back at the closing credits for some reason. It was a memorable and compelling experience.
Three thumbs up.
Haven’t seen it yet, maybe when the DVD comes out. Just saw the version of the movie starring C. Thomas Howell, not a brilliant movie by any stroke.