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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

Out of the Night  »

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Box Office


$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£8,644,787 (UK) (1 July 2005)


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

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The opening voiceover monologue paraphrases and updates the first paragraph from H.G. Wells's novel. For example, "19th century" is changed to "21st century". See more »


When they're exiting the home where the jumbo jet crashed, the cockpit window is broken with a hole in it. Cockpit windows do not break like windows in homes. They are in fact multiple layers of various materials including special glass, heating elements, bonding materials, etc, and when they break, they "spiderweb" into many, many small pieces. The window in this scene appeared to be a single pane of glass that looked like it had a rock thrown through it. See more »


[first lines]
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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If this movie were a meal, it would be a very satisfying prime beef steak with a dollop of unnecessary cheese.
28 June 2005 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

However it must be said that the majority of the meal is so perfectly cooked that you're able to swallow the cheese without much trouble.

Tom Cruise was good enough that even my fiancé, not normally a fan, was impressed... and despite some misgivings as the lights dimmed at the start, once the action started, not once did I think of Katie Holmes - I was simply too swept up in the action to think about anything other than what was on the screen. But no matter how good a job Tom did, it has to be said that Dakota Fanning blew everyone else away. And not in the same way Tom was upstaged by the gorgeous little boy in Jerry Maguire through sheer 'awww' factor, Dakota is both cute and one of the most talented actresses I've ever seen.

The special effects were amazing, (the first lightning storm was the PERFECT way to get the audience on the edge of their seats, the rest of the movie made sure we stayed there) the thrills were non-stop and executed brilliantly - I nearly broke my fiancé's arm during one particularly nerve-wracking scene - and whilst some of the characters were inevitable clichés - the rebellious teenage son, for example - the story evolved at a fast enough pace that you didn't have time to get irritated by them.

I thought the ending came a bit suddenly and with perhaps not quite enough explanation but overall I really enjoyed this movie - and I'm not usually a fan of alien blockbusters. I just want to know one thing


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