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
The actors (including extras) portraying soldiers were using real military firearms rather than the usual cast-rubber prop weapons. The current-issue carbines and M-16 rifles were de-weaponized by removing the firing mechanisms, but otherwise were "the real thing". See more »
When Ray arrives to his ex-wife's house, you can see a flat forest behind all the houses in the street. After the Jumbo jet has crashed you can see a little hill behind the destroyed houses. 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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