War of the Worlds

Based on H.G. Wells' classic sci-fi yarn about the day aliens invade Earth, we follow events through the eyes of a single dad and his two young kids. As the chaos and body count mounts around them, they struggle desperately to stay alive and out of reach of the aliens. Expect a lot of special effects and shouting.

117 minutes.
No persons under 10 (Language, Violence).
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller.
No, she is E.T.!
No, she is E.T.!


Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Mirando Otto, Rick Gonzalez
Steven Spielberg
ScreenplayJosh Friedman, David Koepp, from the novel by H.G. Wells
MusicJohn Williams
CinematographyJanusz Kaminski
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2005
Produced byParamount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise/Wagner Productions

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Scale (Max)20

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What the People say

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Average .. 70%


Visitor Comments

Tim White: I am a firm believer that movies are to be enjoyed for their entertainment value and should not be diagnosed or commented on beyond the ''it's good'' or ''it'sbad'' status. This movie however inspired me to put finger to keyboard.I have seen many movies and I often comment ''same story different time'' meaning it's a so so type movie.

War of the worlds age restriction 10V had me pretty much wanting to crawl under my seat. This Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg combination was, for me, probably the most memorable modern movie of all time. The producers, and I think, specifically the works of Spielberg is clearly at play in that he has once again mastered the art of knowing what triggers all the critical emotions like fear, suspense, and hopelessness. We all know that the good will always win and that, to a large degree dictates the way a movie will play itself out. Spielberg has us believing the situation is hopeless right to the end. Maybe there were clues along the way but having seen it only once I could have missed it.

Cruise plays his part very well, but I often found myself looking for the part where he would become the hero and blast the alien to smithereens in a Arnie way. I guess it comes from watching some of his previous movies. But he was pretty much a normal (active) person throughout the story. The hand grenades into the Aliens rectum looking throat were a little unbelievable and somehow seemed out of place. It would have been perhaps better idea to leave it out and let the aliens die as they eventually did in the end making the movie something really to think about the greatness of our maker.

So whether it was the 3D sound, big screen effect or the absolute brilliance of the producers or a combination perhaps I can't tell you until I have seen it again. But believe you me if you thought Independence Day was fair or even The Matrix for its visual display if not storyboard then War of The Worlds is a must see. The PG 10V rating is to say the least an underrating, they should have a separate rating for ''sh*tyourselfnessinyourseat'' of at least 18 yrs.

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