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Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning. A phenemonal adaptation of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic with Steven Spielberg at the helm! A disgruntled, divorced, failure-as-a-dad" guy desperately seeks to save his family from annihilation against an alien fleet of killer tripods. 2 DVDs. 2005/color/117 min/PG-13.
Despite super effects, a huge budget, and the cinematic pedigree of alien-happy Steven Spielberg, this take on H.G. Wells's novel is basically a horror film packaged as a sci-fi thrill ride. Instead of a mad slasher, however, Spielberg (along with writers Josh Friedman & David Koepp) utilizes aliens hell-bent on quickly destroying humanity, and the terrifying results that prey upon adult fears, especially in the post-9/11 world. The realistic results could be a new genre, the grim popcorn thriller; often you feel like you're watching Schindler's List more than Spielberg's other thrill-machine movies (Jaws, Jurassic Park). The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg's usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film--like the novel--spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles's words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: "We couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world." --Doug Thomas
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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
This remake is no where near as good as the original. I remember seeing the posters at the cinema, I thought YES!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by MJS
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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
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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
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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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