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War of the Worlds
- Tom Cruise

Overview - One cannot help but think of terrorist attacks while watching Stephen Spielberg's update of the classic sci-fi fantasy THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. While the H.G. Wells story dates back to 1898, and has inspired previous adaptations, this particular version feeds off its 21st century audience's fear of a terrorist-induced apocalypse.  Read more...

 
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Overview

One cannot help but think of terrorist attacks while watching Stephen Spielberg's update of the classic sci-fi fantasy THE WAR OF THE WORLDS. While the H.G. Wells story dates back to 1898, and has inspired previous adaptations, this particular version feeds off its 21st century audience's fear of a terrorist-induced apocalypse. Even if the sight of tall buildings crumbling to the ground and crowds running fearfully away from their demise doesn't trigger post-9/11 paranoia, dialogue such as "Is it the terrorists?" will. Disgruntled, divorced father Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is struggling to connect with his estranged kids, who have been dropped off by their mother for the weekend, when a severe and unusual lightning storm leaves his New Jersey neighborhood powerless. Over the course of the next few hours, it becomes obvious that this was not a storm at all, but rather the first sign of a worldwide alien attack. Emerging from the ground in multi-legged tripod-like machines that have apparently been stored beneath the earth's surface since before man's time, these aliens begin the process of waging a long-planned war on our planet. While WAR OF THE WORLDS follows Ray's growing closeness with his two children (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin) in the face of imminent disaster, and his transformation from lousy father to hero, their story is used mostly as a vehicle for illustrating an unending series of horrific scenarios. The human element of the story is also briefly explored with Tim Robbins's portrayal of a crazed, alien-fighting recluse. Sticking closely to Wells's original descriptions of alien warfare, the film focuses mainly on visuals and succeeds through impressive special effects to create two hours of thrilling, frightening, realistic terror.

Cast List

Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Morgan Freeman - American Actor
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Paula Wagner - Producer
Tom Cruise - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV - American Actor, RISKY BUSINESS, EYES WIDE SHUT
David Koepp - Screenwriter/Producer
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Josh Friedman - Story/ CHAIN REACTION (1996)
Janusz Kaminski
Dakota Fanning - Actress, I AM SAM/CORALINE
Colin Wilson - Producer, big budget films, '90s-, LOST WORLD 1 & 2
Justin Chatwin - Actor, SUPERBABIES 2 (2004)
Miranda Otto - Australian actress
H.G. Wells - British Novelist, WAR OF THE WORLDS, TIME MACHINE
Herbert George Wells - British Novelist, WAR OF THE WORLDS, TIME MACHINE

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 678149439229
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images)
  • Release Date: January 2016

Related Categories:
Movies > Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Disaster
War
Epic
Theatrical Release
Remake
Future/Futuristic Worlds
Based On A Novel
Science Fiction

 
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Theatrical Release: June 29, 2005

Reviews:
"Watching Steven Spielberg's spooky and playful remake of WAR OF THE WORLDS, you may feel a surge of childlike awe..." - 07/08/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.45-46


"Effectively scary and visually impressive." - 07/29/2005 New York Times, p.E21


"[The] road trip, by car and foot, inspires Spielberg to create extraordinary images of a frayed family in a frayed civilization." - 07/28/2005 Rolling Stone, p.92


"Spielberg handles the action with practiced flair. There are even some uncharacteristically dark touches..." - 09/01/2005 Uncut, p.139


"The film delivers on spectacle, from the jarring initial appearance of an alien tripod breaking up through tarmac to the collapse of the war machines in post-holocaust Boston." - 09/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.83-84


"Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster has knockout special effects, masterful cinematography, and terrifying and suspenseful sequences. Its explosive, non-stop action brings to mind SAVING PRIVATE RYAN's indelible opening battle sequence." - 07/01/2005 USA Today, p.4E


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Janusz Kaminski's icy-blue cinematography and John Williams's unusually discordant score underline the movie's sober reckoning of Armageddon..." - 12/01/2005 Premiere, p.185


Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "Spielberg's technical mastery, especially with the Tripods -- aliens as nasty as E.T. was sweet -- is evident in every frame of this superior transfer." - 12/01/2005 Rolling Stone, p.92

 
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