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War of the Worlds (2005)

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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ray Ferrier
... Rachel Ferrier
... Mary Ann
... Robbie
... Harlan Ogilvy
... Vincent
... Julio (as Yul Vázquez)
... Manny the Mechanic
... Bartender
... Grandmother
... Grandfather
... Tim
Roz Abrams ... Herself
Michael Brownlee ... TV Reporter, Osaka
... News Producer (as Camillia Sanes)
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Storyline

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

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29 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Out of the Night  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,061,953, 4 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$234,280,354

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$591,745,540
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Before David Koepp was hired, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise asked J.J. Abrams to write the script. But, he had to turn it down, as he was working on the pilot for Lost (2004) at the time. See more »

Goofs

In Boston, when Mary Ann lifts Rachel, she holds her daughter then turns to face Ray and says, "Thank you." Behind them, up the stairs, the left front door is already wide open, yet in the next shot both doors are closed until her parents dramatically open them. See more »

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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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Sailor Moon BGM
by Takanori Arisawa (as Arisawa Takanori)
Courtesy of Dic Music, LLC and Columbia Music Entertainment, Inc.
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Disappointing
30 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you're going to rate a film on pure spectacle, this one would easily get a 10 - it's utterly astounding.

The acting is uniformly good, and the idea of showing the film purely from the perspective of Cruise's character - so the audience knows nothing that he doesn't know - works extremely well.

But there's no plot, no underlying logic behind *anything* that happens, be it human or alien-initiated - every single plot decision seems to have been taken from the perspective of 'wouldn't it be cool if...' or 'Let's shock people with the nastier sides of human nature now' or 'Now we must give our hero a tough decision'... this was plotting-by-numbers at its most obvious (and painful)

With a decent script, this should have been one of the best Scifi movies ever made. Alas, the only good parts are the eye candy.

Andy


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