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War of the Worlds (2005)
IMDb Rating 6.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Tom Cruise Ray Ferrier
Dakota Fanning Rachel Ferrier
Miranda Otto Mary Ann
Justin Chatwin Robbie Ferrier
Tim Robbins Harlan Ogilvy
Rick Gonzalez Vincent
Yul Vazquez Julio (as Yul Vázquez)
Lenny Venito Manny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann Walter Bartender (Sheryl)
Ann Robinson Grandmother
Plot
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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The Soundtrack

The War of the Worlds (1953)

War of the Worlds - The Complete First Season (TV series)

Classic Sci-Fi Movies and Their Remakes

Aliens Invade on DVD

The Prog-rock Opera (no kidding)

Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Sci-Fi; Thriller
Director Steven Spielberg
Producer Kathleen Kennedy; Colin Wilson
Writer Josh Friedman; David Koepp
Studio DreamWorks Home Ent.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 117 mins
Movie Release Date 6/29/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 711
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/7/2005
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 678149439229
Release Date 11/22/2005
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Special Feature: Designing the Enemy: Tripods and Aliens
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