Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island.
Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. Written by
During the initial attack as Tom Cruise is running down the street, you can clearly see a street sign that reads "Van Buren". This is a nod to The War of the Worlds (1953) where Ann Robinson, who is also in this film, played 'Sylvia Van Buren'. See more »
When Ray, Rachel, and Robbie run into the concrete utility room to escape the fireball from the crashing plane, Ray has to struggle to push the door closed against the flames. But in the morning, exiting the room, he pushes it open. He should have pulled it open to exit the room. See more »
No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, *they* observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast ...
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I have to give Steven Spielberg a lot of credit. If there was ever anybody who could update the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds" and do it so well, it could only be Spielberg. Unlike "Independence Day", which tries too much to involve us in multiple characters' emotions and what's happening to them, "War of the Worlds" gives us one family's point of view, and it actually heightens the tension. It makes this alien invasion seem more personal, more like it's happening to us, as well. Tom Cruise gives a massively underrated performance, perhaps diminished by the off-screen distractions, as the father just trying to keep his kids safe, and Dakota Fanning may give the best performance of a young actor since Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense". All in all, a fantastic thriller. Highly recommended.
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