- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jonathan Holmes
Ever since Orson Welles inspired panic with his spoof radio broadcast, the War of the Worlds has been ripe for mischief. So it is with this mockumentary, which looks back on a First World War fought between planets, rather than countries.
In many ways it’s a parody of the History Channel’s usual programming: far too long and with suspect historical accuracy. There are some smart updates to HG Wells’s classic and the CGI is impressive, although repeated endlessly.
Some might object to alien tripods stomping through real footage from the First World War. Yet, in the best tradition of the genre, it uses sci-fi as an allegory for self-sustaining warfare. On some level, a Martian invasion makes more sense than a generation of humans slaughtering itself in the mud.
About this programme
Fictionalised documentary telling the story of an alternative version of the First World War as a conflict between the human race and an alien invasion from Mars.