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 thriller, 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.
Initially estimated to have a 2007 release date, this film was abruptly green-lit in mid-August 2004 for a 2005 release, when Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise happened to become available, when other projects stalled. See more »
As the Hudson-Athens ferry capsizes, Tom Cruise and his two children are almost crushed as a car slides off the ferry and quickly sinks, going straight to the bottom. We see that this sedan-style car has people in it, and that the windows are closed, so the passenger compartment has not yet flooded. It is still full of air. A sedan full of air would not quickly sink. It would briefly float on the surface, then slowly submerge as the passenger compartment floods. 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 »
Second version H.G.Wells novel as spectacular and thrilling as the first one
The picture talks about Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) a divorced docks discharger (ex-wife : Miranda Otto) and no an exemplary daddy . He must fight an alien invasion by invading machines war in the shape of walking tripods . No matter how much armaments are utilized facing them , the lethal long arms flying aircrafts are invincible and impassive . Neither army , tanks , air force or bombs arrange to vanquish the imperturbable and unalterable invasion alien . The destroyed urbanizations , the abandoned villages with the citizens going away and the aliens themselves , are brought to life and created in state-of-art special effects , delivering eerie highlights . It's based on the H.G. Wells notorious novel that remains as landmark in the sci-fi history , but has been changed the location of original novel from London , 1890 , to United States in year 2004 . The film concerns upon the survival of human specie , the fundamental theme results to be the humanity confrontation and the main enemy : an alien invasion at an exceptional world happening .
It's a fabulous story , and very well narrated , about a deadly alien attack , a father who wants to save his children : Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin , at whatever cost . The yarn is developed in the ordinary world, out of Pentagon and White House . Screenwriter David Koepp film regards about issues don't include : Neither generals reunited on a map with miniature figures , nor famous buildings , no Manhattan shots , no Martians . The motion picture is really spectacular and fantastic ; but being also an enjoyable story of a beloved family. There's a sub-plot concerning a father whose greatest thoughtfulness turns out to be the children's security, his hard struggle for the family protection .
Cruise and Spielberg told the film being dedicated to their children and the intimate feeling among themselves . It is an awesome treatment of the science fiction's classic by the great director Steven Spielberg , carrying out fulfilment justice to the nightmarish observations of an interplanetary war , his direction is extremely stylish and very well paced . Overwhelming and impressive FX , including fantastic war machines and destruction executed by aliens were made by expert Dennis Muren in Computer Generator 3D . Adding a rousing and moving musical score by the prolific maestro composer John Williams , Spielberg's regular . There appears unbilled (almost extras) Gene Barry and Anne Robinson , protagonists of the Byron Haskin and George Pal first version , 1953 . The flick'll appeal to science fiction enthusiastic . Rating : Very good . Well worth seeing.
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