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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
Ogilvy's yard was at a real farmhouse. Because the existing exterior cellar door was on the "wrong" side of the house (visually), the crew built an old-looking fake cellar doorway on the opposite side - complete with edging of cast-cement replicas of the local building stone. It looked real and was used in the film, but led nowhere. The crew scooped out a foot of earth from under it so that Ray, Rachel, and Ogilvy (when fleeing "into the basement") could appear to descend a little after their first few steps. Action then cut to the basement interior - filmed on a studio soundstage. See more »
When Ray is leaving his ex-wife's house after the tripods destroy it, you can see a crew member lean back behind the jet engine as the camera pans to the right. 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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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.
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