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War of the Worlds (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.


David Michael Latt


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Cast overview, first billed only:
C. Thomas Howell ... George Herbert
Rhett Giles ... Pastor Victor
Andrew Lauer ... Sgt. Kerry Williams (as Andy Lauer)
Tinarie van Wyk Loots Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Felicity Herbert
Jake Busey ... Lt. Samuelson (as William Busey)
Dashiell Howell Dashiell Howell ... Alex Herbert (as Dash Howell)
Peter Greene ... Matt Herbert
Kim Little ... Rebecca
Edward DeRuiter ... Max (as Ed Deruiter)
Meredith Laine ... Audrey
Matthew Jaeger ... Jared
Cayman Mitchell Cayman Mitchell ... Jake
Luis de Amechazurra ... Bill
Gary Robbins Gary Robbins ... Jules
Berna Roberts ... Elaine (as Bernadette Perez)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Asylum See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


George Herbert carries a black backpack, which mysteriously appears and disappears through out the movie. See more »


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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Well written, shot, and acted, better than expected overall
5 July 2005 | by willywantsSee all my reviews

After martians begin an invasion of earth, a man begins his journey across north America to find his family. Along the way he meets many people, including a priest and a military officer. First off, lots of people are gonna compare this film to the $128,000,000 Spielberg version, which in my eye is completely unfair. This independent version was only made for a million dollars, which was probably the catering budget of Spielberg's version! This film comes from The Asylum, a company who's responsible for many low-budget sci-fi/horror films, including the weak "Alien Abduction" and "Jolly Rogers: Massacre at Cutter's Cove". Because the Asylum was behind the film I expected the least, but this film was blessed with three things I never expected from it: Good acting, writing, and a nice look.

The actors definitely deserve a lot of credit on this one, just about the entire cast gave very good performances. The only weak actor here is Jake Busey, whom I usually enjoy in movies; his performance here is campy, over-the-top and decidedly unconvincing.

The writing, as I said, was a lot better than expected. The characters were well rounded and likable. The priest, Victor, was especially realistically executed.

Despite the low-budget, the film was well-shot. Director David M. Latt has done a nice job with what little money he had and produces some memorable images.

The score, by Ralph Rieckermann, was also better than average. It's nice to see a no-budget sci-fi or horror film made in 2005 that doesn't resort to heavy metal or pop music or any MTV crap like that, but instead utilizes a real score.

The film has some problems, too. The special effects were terrible—everything from the crab-like machines the martians drive to the martians themselves (which resemble mechanical octopuses) are absolutely laughable, and if poor special effects turn you off, you might as well not bother with the film. The makers also resorted to throwing in a brief but gratuitous nude scene, an unwise choice in an otherwise well thought-out screenplay.

Overall, I liked "War of the Worlds" more than I thought I would. The production values weren't stellar but good acting, characters, and a well-written screenplay helped what could have otherwise been a disaster.


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