For those unfamiliar with the tale of War of The Worlds it’s not that you have been sleeping under a rock. It’s just a shame you have never heard one of the great american classic science fiction tales of all time. For those of us in the rest of the world it should come as no surprise that eventually someone would look to continue the tale and push it into a modern era. While the remake of the classic film starring Tom Cruise did a lot to bring a renewed awareness to the story it pales in comparison to the finishing of the tale found in the animated flick War of The Worlds: Goliath.
From creators Joe Person (director) and executive producer Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Turtles) comes this amazing tale of the aftermath of the initial martian invasion. A team of the best soldiers from across the globe have gathered to form A.R.E.S. which may be the only true line of defense we have against the martians. They have created their own tripod machines to fight the invaders but the film mainly follows the team of soldiers deemed “Goliath”.
The film has an impressive roster of voice talent including Adrian Paul (TV’s “Highlander”), Adam Baldwin (TV’s “Chuck,” “Firefly,” Independence Day), Peter Wingfield (TV’s “24”, XMen 2), Mark Sheppard (TV’s “ Battlestar Galactica,” “Firefly”) Elizabeth Gracen (TV’s “Highlander”), Jim Byrnes (TV’s “Highlander,” Wiseguy) Beau Billingslea (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chroncles), Matt Lescher (TV’s “The West Wing”), and James Arnold Taylor (TV’s “Star Wars,” “The CloneWars”). The most impressive thing about War is even though there is a nice amount of history surrounding the story the filmmakers did not dwell on it too much. This an action packed saga that’s very reminiscent of popular Anime shows and films like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost In The Shell. That being said be wary of the the PG-13 rating as this film is not for the youngsters. Teens yes but there is a nice amount of graphic violence in this film which is great for us but not the tykes.
War Of The Worlds Goliath looks beautiful and the inclusion of the steam vehicles works to perfection. Setting this film only a short time after the initial invasion is what makes this a movie to see as it provides the storyline for all the great action and excitement. Going too far into the future would have caused so explaining to do so it’s nice to see this period piece animation.
There is not much intrigue or mystery to be found here as this film provides nothing but a wealth of entertainment and excitement. It is a wonderful job by all included and to have the characters all from many portions of the worlds allows the film to have an identity outside of the original inception of the tale. Whether in books, radio, television, feature films, or animated feature films the tale of War of The Worlds lives on and we are all better for it!
War Of The Worlds Goliath is now available on DVD and playing in select theaters. It is directed by Joe Pearson and is being distributed courtesy of Anderson Digital.