War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

DVD - 2005
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Ray Ferrier is a working class man living in New Jersey. He has become estranged from his family and his life isn't in order. His small town life is shaken violently by the arrival of destructive intruders: Aliens which have come up from the ground, en masse, to destroy Earth and all the humans living on it. As the aliens plow through the country in a wave of mass destruction and violence, Ray must put aside thoughts of himself and come to the defense of his children. As the world fends for itself, it's inhabitants must save humanity from a far greater force that threatens to destroy it.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Pictures : Distributed by Universal Studios Home Video, c2005
ISBN: 9781417057849
141705784X
Branch Call Number: DVD SCI-FI WAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : anamorphic, sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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RedHot_2
Sep 03, 2015

This Movie was Weird, But a
good weird. loved the plot.

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jimg2000
Jun 23, 2014

An adaptation of H. G. Wells's [The War of the Worlds] which is less credible in modern times, but held up well by special effects.

Parineeta Aug 12, 2013

In a film like this, the aliens/special effects run the show. Sorry Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning (when she was annoying lol) it's just the truth. I don't even know why they bothered to act/overact.

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Keogh
Apr 22, 2013

Even Spielberg can have an off day. Or an off movie. This is one of those cases. The updating of the HG Wells classic about an alien invasion brings the action to the current day, and unfortunately makes much too liberal a use of the shaky cam style that seems so prevelent these days. The cast doesn't help. We're seeing the story mostly from the point of view of a family we don't particularly like. The father is a resentful jerk, and Tom Cruise is playing little more than Tom Cruise (it's all he's really capable of). He's stuck in his patented staring intently and running for his life phase, all the while wondering if he looks good (a common problem with the couch jumping lunatic). His teenaged son is mouthy and unpleasant. His daughter is prone to moments of catatonia (and screaming, lots and lots of screaming). Add to that plotholes sufficient enough to drive a train through and moments of throwing logic out the window, and you're left with a mess that's little more than a rapid case of PTSD.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jan 29, 2013

Do you think that aliens taking over The Earth would make any more of a mess of this planet than we humans already have?_____ In spite of this remake's story having a decidedly "dysfunctional family" angle to it (I absolutely despised the 2 repulsive Ferrier children. And Tom Cruise as their father was a dink. And his ex-wife, just another breeding machine) - When it came to all of the exhilarating visual effects, this film was as breath-taking as a non-stop rollercoaster ride._____ Unfortunately War Of The Worlds ended with a whimper, rather than a bang, which muted the whole experience considerably.______ I can't believe that in their astounding quest to conquer The Earth these aliens (of supposedly superior intelligence) actually forgot to take care of one major detail - To wisely protect themselves against being infected by any of this planet's viruses, etc., etc._____ (Duh!)

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aqiva
Jul 17, 2012

Dreadful script, barely functional acting (it'd be a stretch to call what Tom Cruise does in this movie as "acting"), and worse: the special effects are awful.
I laughed my way through much of the film. Avoid at all costs even though one can check it out for free at SPL. (Otherwise, good for a nap or a long snooze).

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soeul21bangs
Jul 14, 2012

wow!!! 7 holds will be a lot for an old movie.

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OverCookedCookies
Apr 06, 2012

If you haven't seen this, you have no idea what action is!

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badwolf18
Mar 09, 2012

Iliked the movie, good speciile effectcs, a little in some scenes disterbing.

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shadynz
Nov 14, 2011

If you can stand the whining of Dakota Fanning's character, this was not a bad movie.

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badwolf18
Mar 09, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: some sences are disterbing and a little gross.

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jimg2000
Jun 23, 2014

Opening narrative: No one would have believed in the early years of the 21 st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own. That as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet, across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes and slowly and surely drew their plans against us ...

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