Review: 'War of the Worlds: The True Story' is clever like Wells
'War of the Worlds: The True Story' is an inventive mock sci-fi docudrama with the conceit that H.G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds' is a true story.
December 18, 2012, 5:00 a.m.
What if the Earth/Mars battle from H.G. Wells' classic novel "The War of the Worlds" wasn't fiction but actually fact? That's the conceit behind the hugely inventive and ambitious concoction "War of the Worlds: The True Story," a mock sci-fi docudrama packed with a truly impressive — and clever — mix of editing (a reported 3 1/2 years' worth), special effects, visual artistry and offbeat storytelling.
Director-editor Timothy Hines (he also co-wrote with producer and cast member Susan Goforth) sets his provocative tale around a supposed found-footage interview, "originally" shot in 1965, with 86-year-old Englishman Bertie Wells (Floyd Reichman), the last living eyewitness to the turn-of-the-century Martian Apocalypse.
Flashing back to the shocking "invasion," this particular Mr. Wells recounts how Martians, in the form of 10-story-tall, three-legged mechanical monsters, declared war against the Earth, armed — literally — with deadly propulsive heat rays and poisonous gas. (Entire Article)