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27th June 2005 - us
19th June 2005 - uk
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Why do you think American audiences responded to War Of The Worlds like
they did? Think about the casting of Tom Cruise, the film’s location and time
The American audiences responded to War Of The Worlds like they did because
it stars successful and popular actor Tom Cruise and young up and coming
actress Dakota Fanning. This cast makes people want to watch the film as it had
an A-List actor starring in it. The film is set in America and was released just
under 4 years after 9/11. The American audience would then want to watch the
film because it had relations to the 9/11 attack on America in September 2001.
Do you think the contemporary remake of War Of The Worlds would have
been popular or successful without the events of 9/11?
How do you feel about American Producers using 9/11 as a thematic device
in film? Can it be justified?
I don’t think the contemporary remake of War Of The Worlds would have been
popular or successful without the events of 9/11. This is because there are
certain elements to the film that showed the impact of 9/11. These are such
things like Rachel, the young girl, seeing all the bodies float past her in the lake.
This is just like all of the young children seeing people jumping from the twin
towers that was broadcasted all over the year. Another point in the film is when
Ray (Tom Cruise) lets go of his son and watches him run towards the fire,
relating to the young men leaving their families to join the army after
September 11th 2001.
I don’t agree with the producers of the film using 9/11 as a thematic device in
War Of The Worlds because they are only interested in the profit they will make
from the film, not taking into consideration the feelings of the Americans
affected by the event. I also agree with the producers as well because I think it’s
important to remember 9/11 and the effects it had worldwide. Even though it
was a tragic event, it will tell the story for people in years to come.