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War of the Worlds (2005)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | Video 28 June 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Herbert
... Pastor Victor
... Sgt. Kerry Williams (as Andy Lauer)
Tinarie van Wyk Loots ... Felicity Herbert
... Lt. Samuelson (as William Busey)
Dashiell Howell ... Alex Herbert (as Dash Howell)
... Matt Herbert
... Rebecca
... Max (as Ed Deruiter)
... Audrey
... Jared
Cayman Mitchell ... Jake
... Bill
Gary Robbins ... Jules
... 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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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 2005 (USA)  »

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H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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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 uses a rabies serum to knock out the aliens. He says something to the effect that life defeats life. However rabies vaccinations use dead virus cells to generate immunity. Serum labeled "live" contains genetically modified components but does not actually contain intact live virus. 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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We suggest moving, and/or staying away from pits with aliens in them. See more »


Featured in War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave (2008) See more »

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Great Film, not for all
14 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Why would I say that this film isn't for everyone? Well, I saw it with my nephew who's 15 and his friend who is 16. The bottom line: is that they were expecting/hoping to see the special effects roller coaster ride that is in the Tom Cruise version. They wanted a popcorn/video game film. That's fine, but that's not this movie. So they left the show going, "eh..." they wanted bigger and louder. They wanted Cruise.

But it's too bad because what they missed was incredible. Whereas the Cruise version left me with no after-taste this version is more of a character study in humanity. I thought and talked about it for days afterwords.

The performances are astounding. Again, this isn't your typical Hollywood film, so don't expect a hero looping explosives in an alien ship or a Macintosh intercepting the mother ship (ala ID4). This is a bleak, depressing, and yet hopeful look on a crisis and how it affects one man. The weight that C. Thomas Howell had on his shoulders to carry this movie must have been intense. But he does it with incredible depth.

The supporting characters were all spectacular in their performances. The writers ability to get at the heart of very dangerous topics is mind boggling. I felt like I was watching "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (W. Allen) again, where complex issues were brought to my attention with great detail and humanity.

In short, this is a phenomenal picture filled with great ideas, great performances, and great substance.

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