Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction action film freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann's parents' house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage.
Some army troops used were from the 29th Division (Maryland Army National Guard), known as "The Blue and the Gray" from their yin-yang looking shoulder patch (visible when the day convoy passes by the Ferriers). See more »
When the first tripod is shown rising, exactly at the 25 minute mark, a car can be briefly seen passing a building at the upper right corner. 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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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »
For the U.S. theatrical release, the Paramount logo appeared before the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the film, and the poster credits said, "Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures present." Since the U.S. version's home video/DVD rights are owned by Dreamworks, the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the movie appears before the Paramount logo, and the back of the box's cover art says, "Dreamworks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present." In the European version, the original order of the logos and studio names is preserved (and the DVD is released by Paramount). See more »
I was anxiously anticipating the release of this feature. My wife, friends and I walked away today very disappointed. When Steven Spielberg is on his game, he's brilliant. When he lets down his guard and loses focus he runs to excess and banality. The FX are truly superb...murky and terrifying...evoking the mood of the 1898 novel. The screenplay, lackluster dialog, poor editing and Tom Cruise crying out incessantly, "Rachel, Rachel, Rachel", however, left our 11:30 A.M. audience restless, silent and apparently bored. The mood coming out of the show was NOT good. Spielberg blew the chance to make a definitive version of the H.G. Wells classic. Why in the world he lets himself get bogged down on these occasions is beyond me. If you're a Wells fan and Spielberg fan then it's worth seeing, if only out of curiosity. Be advised, however, that you may well leave with an empty feeling. Shame on you, Steve....you didn't give us your "A" game.
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