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 filming of the underwater scenes (where the ferry capsizes) Steven Spielberg played a prank on Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning by playing the dramatic music from Jaws (1975) (also one of Spielberg's films) through the massive underwater speakers on the sound stage. See more »
The Train (Acela) streams by while on fire. All trains have a "deadman" switch. They come to a full emergency stop if the engineer is incapacitated (as he/she would be if on fire). 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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See the original film of "War of the Worlds" or better yet read the book!
I really expected to like this movie, so I did not go into it planning to hate it, but afterwards I did. That feeling that you just wasted two hours of life on drivel? That's the one. This movie was a loud mish-mash of Star Wars special effects, Alien-like gross monsters and a lot of running, screaming people and exploding buildings as in all bad disaster movies in history. Oh yes, with a dash of "Bodysnatchers" thrown in for good measure. Even the main characters were vague, cardboard cutouts that you could care less about. So, save your senses and read the book or rent the original film. Sorry, Tom! Still love you. Just pick a better script next time!
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