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War of the Worlds (2005)

R | | Sci-Fi | Video 28 June 2005
In this modern retelling of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic, civilization is laid to ruin when a race of super aliens invades Earth.

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Pastor Victor
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Sgt. Kerry Williams (as Andy Lauer)
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ...
Felicity Herbert
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Lt. Samuelson (as William Busey)
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Rebecca
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Max (as Ed Deruiter)
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Audrey
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Jared
Cayman Mitchell ...
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Gary Robbins ...
Jules
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Elaine (as Bernadette Perez)
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The story tells of a man named George Herbert who is separated from his wife and child when a Martian invasion begins. He tries to make his way to Washington, D.C. to reunite with them as the world is torn apart. But civilization is laid to ruin when a race of super aliens ultimately invades Earth! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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The Invasion Has Already Begun.

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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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The title character's name, George Herbert, is an homage to H.G. Wells, who wrote the original novel. The "H.G." stands for "Herbert George". See more »

Goofs

When it shows George going down a creek in a small boat the letters should be Va for Virginia, not Cf. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Samuelson: Assault on one of my officers is punishable by death in my new world.
Sgt. Kerry Williams: It's okay, sir. It's okay. I fell. Remember George here, sir? He's the astronomer. His brother is a Ranger.
Lt. Samuelson: Rangers are pussies. I haven't seen one of those assholes in over a week.
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The events, characters, and firms depicted in this photo play are fictitious. Really. Any similarities to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events, is purely coincidental, and very weird. See more »

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Version of The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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Deserving of Praise
29 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

With a little (very little) spit and polish, there's no reason in the world director David Michael Latt's version of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" couldn't have been a major theatrical release on par with Steven Spielberg's bigger-budget version of the same story (released practically simultaneously with this film). As it stands, this is simply one of the finest direct-to-video flicks to come in out in recent years and a damned good movie it is, too.

Naturally, there are things standing in its favour that would hinder its box office success. The script is far too literate for most multiplex audiences to digest in one sitting; somebody actually took the time to crack open a book or too for research while writing this thing. Furthermore, circumstances meant the filmmakers had to select the best actors for the roles who could actualize this script and imbue it with real emotion rather than dishing out extra money for the usual bevy of Hollywood stars we see over and over again in movies, tabloids, and entertainment television.

Worst of all, this film had the misfortune of being released during a year when an almost unprecedented number of similar movies baring the same title made their way onto video and movie screens. Between the flurry of negative publicity over one version and the overwhelming hype of the other, this version is severely in danger of disappearing altogether.

The simple fact is that the folks at The Asylum -- the production team responsible for this version -- could've easily made this story into a cheap "video nasty" cash-grab, but they didn't. Instead, they chose to make a real movie out of the source material with resources that would've barely covered the catering bills on larger projects. The story of "The War of the Worlds" has always been bigger than the Martian tripods it depicts: its implications run much deeper than that into the veins of society and the politics that drive it. The people who made this version seem to have understood that and made their film accordingly.

Give this film a rent. It's well worth your time and money. Fans of the book who are disenchanted with the myriad other cinematic interpretations of this story are bound to find at least something to love in this scrappy, heartfelt little production.


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