It has been two years since the Martian Walkers landed on Earth and somehow humans have managed to survive. Now, a second wave of Walkers has arrived determined to eradicate humans from Earth. But the remaining humans are preparing to take the war to Martian soil.
C. Thomas Howell (George), Christopher Reid (Pete), Kim Little (Victoria), Jonathan Levit (Gorman), Danna Brady (Sissy), Fred Griffith (Major Kramer), Darren Dalton (Shackleford), Divid Regal (Finius).
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave starts off with mild back history before devolving into an unexplained mess of contradictions. The Asylum and C. Thomas Howell have once again brought us a poorly produced film hoping to cash in using little more than a title. The plot in this one isn’t bad but it also is not presented well at all. Character development is poor, along with extensive inconsistencies between story and setting. After 87 minutes the best part about this film is that it ends.
Acting was miserable here. C. Thomas Howell seems to have only one mode of delivery which never changes or improves. The remainder of the supporting cast did little better with lack of emotion, poor delivery, and general inexperience.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds left a lot to be desired. Poor camera shots did nothing to help natural settings and backgrounds which felt convenient more than anything. Effects were immature and obvious, leaving the film with a low quality feel. Dialogue was dry and often contributed nothing to the film. Sound and soundtrack were mild but okay.
Overall War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave comes across as a cheesy sequel to a film that actually might have had some potential if decent acting and technical work been involved. Die hard B-movie sci-fi fans may find some pleasure in this one but for anyone else use it only as a sleep aid.
With some mild foul language this one should actually be fine for teens and above.
War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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