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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. Also starring Tim Robbins, War of the Worlds was directed by Steven Spielberg, who had been planning the project for years, but set it aside until a wave of "alien invasion" films (led by Independence Day) had run its course.
This 2005 adaptation of the classic H. G. Wells science Fiction novel interweaves the human experience with a fast-paced adventure in the tale of Earth caught unawares and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Gregory Bennett
I am not rating the movie itself which I liked.
I am rating the quality of the disk which was terrible. Read more
I don't own this yet and I wanted to rent it and couldn't. Was disappointed about that as I'm recuperating from a hospital stay. Other than that the movie is great!Published 1 month ago by Joan Robinson
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|There is another version of WAR OF THE WORLDS set in the correct period.||
Best dramatic pretension of WOTW is Jeff Wayne's musical version. Not only is it very well done it's faithful to HG Wells, AND it's got Richard Burton.
Dec 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer | See all 5 posts
|What were the red weeds for?||
They were growing the red plants, fertilized with human blood, as the first step in their environmental takeover of the Earth....Marsiforming versus Terraforming. Once enough of the Martian weeds were grown they could then introduce more complex alien flora and maybe even fauna; eventually... Read More
Dec 7, 2011 by War-Rocket Ajax | See all 4 posts
|Is the two disc version worth it?||
Widescreen version is definitely worth it. The features on the bonus disc were surprisingly light in my opinion (think it's less than hour of material- don't know why they didn't just put it on one disc). Interesting to see the design ideas behind the tripods, other than that I wouldn't... Read More
Sep 22, 2008 by Robert S. | See all 3 posts
|These negative reviews are hilarious!!!||
Agreed. This is a great science fiction film. I love the 1953 version of the story, too, but they cannot be compared. I dislike Cruise as an actor, but I like this film despite that fact. To me, that says a lot.
Mar 24, 2007 by Richard Daystrom | See all 21 posts
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