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A great beginning with the usual Spielberg suspense. But as the movie progressed, it kinda fizzled out. Clips were borrowed from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The cloud formation with lightning, the bright lights outside the house, the blaring brass-like musical notes coming from the machines, etc. etc. The basement scene IS boring and stagnant as one other reviewer accurately pointed out. Tom Cruise and his children were not likeable at all. Especially bratty Dakota Fanning who you just wanted to get zapped by the aliens. SCREAM, SCREAM, SCREAM! SHUT UP ALREADY!! We get the point! The focus on this broken family was a major reason for the boredom because it shifted the attention AWAY from the aliens and their purpose as well as Tim Robbins paranoid character who just wasnt necessary. With all his babbling about the intentions of the aliens, it just didnt fit. What poor script writing. The ending was YUK! You have buildup, then a letdown. Also, why didnt the bacteria kill the aliens when they came to bury their machines way back when? Originally they were supposed to be from Mars where there is NO bacteria. Stick to the original story Spielberg, before you blow another one at MY expense! All that hype for nothing except your fat pocketbook.
Close Encounters was your masterpiece. Dont double dip on it please.
Special effects were superb though! Thats about it.
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