Eve Of The War

Real Soldiers, Martian Foes
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Author:  eveofthewar [ Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:37 pm ]
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They've hunted down terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposed rebels in Bosnia and battled warlords in Somalia.

Now, 10th Mountain Division troops are facing off against Martian invaders — with no less than the fate of the Earth in the balance.

The soldiers were called on by Steven Spielberg, who picked Fort Drum troops to star in his remake of the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds." The movie, starring Tom Cruise, opens nationwide Wednesday, but the actor-soldiers were treated to a sneak preview Monday night at the post movie theater.

"It feels awesome to help save the world," said Sgt. Christopher Lumpiesz, of Tampa, Fla., who gets to help shoot down a Martian ship in the movie.

Lumpiesz, who saw real combat in Afghanistan, was one of 42 10th Mountain Division soldiers who play roles in two scenes in the movie. Other military units from the Army and Marines appear in the movie as well.

Thirty-two of those watched the movie Monday night, along with a capacity crowd of special guests. The other 10 soldiers were on leave or have been reassigned since the scenes were shot in the first week of December in upstate New York and Connecticut.


Author:  Loz [ Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:56 pm ]
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So a martian ship gets shot down huh? Is that a flying machine or a tripod or what?

Author:  crc32 [ Sat Jul 02, 2005 5:42 am ]
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Loz wrote:
So a martian ship gets shot down huh? Is that a flying machine or a tripod or what?

Spoiler Warning.

Tripods. Nothing but tripods. We don't get to see a flying machine :(

Author:  Loz [ Sat Jul 02, 2005 1:13 pm ]
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The flying machine doesn't really play much of a part in the book other than to suggest to the Victorian readers that the Martians have conquerd flight, which still seemed like something unacheavable to most Victorians. It also meant that the Martians who were low in numbers, and had only invaded England, would soon be able to fly to other continants and bring their invasion to the rest of the world. However in this film version, the invaders appea all over the globe and therefor don't need a flying machine.
Also the modern audiance wouldn't be awed by the image of the Martians being able to fly as we can also fly. It would have no impact.

Author:  Lonesome Crow [ Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:44 pm ]
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I think it's because Wells created the tripod war machine that this story has maintained it's impact for over 100 years. if it had been flying machines or wheeled machines it wouldn't of had the same effect. But because a walking tripod is so alien to us the story maintains it's magic.

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