Synopsis: It has been 15 years since the original H.G. Wells Martian invasion. Fearing another attack, the human race has prepared itself. This is the story of the battle tripod ‘Goliath’ and its young crew. ‘Goliath’ is the vanguard of an army of steam-powered battle walkers, heat-ray biplanes, and armored zeppelins facing a Martian fleet of giant fighting machines and flying wings. Within the cockpit of ‘Goliath’, courage under fire, conflicted loyalties and the struggle to save earth, in this new War of the Worlds.
Review: War Of The Worlds Goliath is a project that we have been following the progress of since 2009 when we were first made aware of it by John Freeman who made a post about the animated film. So its great to finally get to see the finished movie and wow what a movie.
The story picks up during the closing moments of the first alien invasion when a young boy who grows up to be Captain Wells the communing officer of the Tripod Goliath sees his parents gunned down by one of the aliens.
Then the film jumps forward roughly 15 years to 1914, which in our time line is the beginning of the first world war, but in the movies timeline it is the beginning of mankind’s biggest battle against the martian threat.
In the passing years the human race has reverse engineered much of the technology that the aliens left after their initial invasion and have come up with some ingenious weapons and tech with which to fend off a future invasion by the aliens.
The animation of this movie is absolutely beautiful, but its the movies storyline and characters that really pull you in. Unlike a lot of films these days you grow to care about this core group of characters a fair bit and end up whooping for them when they win a small battle.
Peter Wingfield of ‘Highlander’ lends his voice the the role of Captain Wells while his Highlander co – star Adrian Paul plays one of the men under his command. Its an interesting dynamic given that it was always the other way round in the highlander series.
In fact this movie is fairly rich with talent from ‘Highlander’. One of the producers behind the film is David Abramowitz, who worked on Highlander and Jim Byrnes as well as Elizabeth Gracen lend their voices for characters in the movie.
The film makes great use of historical figures from the first world war. There is a nice sequence where a squadron of Bi-Planes led by the legendary Red Baron take out a few alien vessels and we also have a younger Franklin D. Roosevelt leading the US charge.
Written and produced by Joe Pearson ‘War Of The Worlds Goliath’ is a superb story and one that is great for kids of all ages.
The film is very much a feel good movie, but its also a great story of heroics from the Goliath crew.
There is the odd dark element to the film in that the leader of earths military forces loses his son to the aliens and moments later uses his destroyer to ram the alien destroyer losing his own life and that of all his troops.
The story moves at a fair clip, but despite the fast pacing it does take time to make some social commentary along the way. For example Adrian Paul’s character in the film is a member of the IRA thanks to a family connection, but winds up having to make a very difficult choice of choosing a side. A choice which ultimately loses him a brother in exchange for his brothers and sisters in arms against the alien threat.
The voice acting all round is superb, but for me the films strength is the the story, which totally has you invested in it from the very opening.
I loved the fact that the production team behind the film managed to use one of the songs from Jeff Wayne’s ‘War Of The Worlds’ at the start of the movie. Its pretty obvious from that alone that Joe Pearson and his team love the original HG Wells story and wanted to continue it in a respectful way by tipping their hats to Jeff Wayne’s brilliant musical masterpiece.
In conclusion whether you are a fan of animation or a fan of the ‘War Of The Worlds’ story. You can’t really go wrong with this film. It’s highly entertaining and there’s a fabulous infectious feel good factor to it. Its a must own DVD and Blu Ray as far as I’m concerned.