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War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  29 June 2005 (USA)
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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.



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Julio (as Yul Vázquez)
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News Producer (as Camillia Sanes)


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 Majorwest

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This Summer, the last war on Earth won't be started by humans. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Out of the Night  »

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$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£8,644,787 (UK) (1 July 2005)


$234,277,056 (USA) (18 November 2005)

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Narrator: 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 swear what movie were these people watching? The one with the freeway cars conveniently spaced so Ray can drive through? The one where the aliens take out five city blocks at a time but felt compelled to destroy Ray's neighbors individually? The one with the camcorder that appears to be EMP shielded? First, there are about fifteen minutes of great effects scenes in the movie, that is it. Yes, they were stunning; I adored them. The rest of the movie you will be trapped with two children who ought to be on a poster for birth control. Dakota, when the little dear is not shrieking, she is proffering medical advice when she can barely operate a flush toilet. Imagine what people from other cultures see when they watch this movie. A little girl and a defiant, snotty, out of control teenager who will never hold a job for more than a week for the rest of his natural life because we cannot discipline the darling. Oh, right Ray, call the cops, that will take care of his car stealing. What is hilarious about living within an insane asylum is that nobody notices how crazy the place is. The bulk of the movie is being trapped within this car or tooling about after the requisite liberal anti gun moment that shows you how useless those evil things are.

The original really did not take place inside of a car or walking about with the most annoying children. Want to know how bad they are? I preferred Jayden Smith in that awful remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. After what seems like days of the kids arguing and instructing Ray, we wind up in Tim Robbin's basement. Tim thinks that bugging his eyes out, like he is wired on Coke, is how to delineate fear. He then begins tunneling to China while babbling strategic plans on how to take the world annihilating aliens by surprise. The Aliens have no sensors you see, like Oblivion, their Tripods were on sale. The sensor package was too expensive. Gee, we have devices to see through walls and we are dumb ass monkey boys. Nope, they have to send in the toilet snake with a luminescent head that is wonderfully Phallic, if you know what I mean, to see if people are in these houses. Now, how long would this take you if you were them? You think a civilization that advanced searches like this? Are you currently reading a book with people wearing capes?

If you like to ride along with Ray or perambulate about blown to living crap land, hey, have at it. Look forward to Cruise singing Little Deuce Coupe and Dakota Hush A Bye Mountain. Stevie needs to stick to E.T. where he flies but not at the beginning when he needed to get back to the ship. Look, Bertrand Russell he is not. A ten year old boy in a grown man's body. The movie's writing is awful. The two kids are like water torture. I love the ending, Ray cannot control his kids but watch him direct the army. Do you know what the odds are the army, who had been fighting, would not notice the birds and the horn sounds both times Army boy tries to hear Ray? About the same odds as Stevie making a decent movie. This movie does not have plot holes, it has Grand Canyons. Watch the original please, this is a piece of crap.

Trust me if H.G. Wells were alive he would sue the living crap out of Stevie. This movie is as close to his writings as it is to WALL-E. The book really didn't have a decadent castrate tooling about blown to crap land with the most annoying children in the history of motion pictures. Yes, honey, the unicorns are coming to take that sliver out of your darling hand. Where is that surgical mask? What a doctor she will make. That is not my favorite, I love when she tells her father how to interact with his son. It reminds me of that line of Harrelson's in No Country For Old Men,"Do you have any idea how utterly insane you are?" No, they don't, welcome to Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass upside down world.

"In An Insane Society The Sane Man Must Appear Insane." Mr. Spock

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