War of the Worlds

2005

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi / Thriller

373
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 374526

Synopsis


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Cast

Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier
Dakota Fanning as Rachel Ferrier
Channing Tatum as Boy in Church
Miranda Otto as Mary Ann
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800.19 MB
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English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 56 min
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23.976 fps
1hr 56 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by wtbe7560 1 / 10

Bore of the Worlds

Ugh, what an awful movie! War of the Worlds is the "modern adaptation" of the classic tale of murderous aliens come to do us harm. This movie starts, runs, and ends with a serious of contradictions and ridiculous situations that beg the question, "What's the point of this movie?" Tom Cruise plays Ray Farrier, a crane operator who ends up having to babysit his two kids while his now-pregnant-by-another-man ex and her new dude go to Boston for a weekender (can you smell the dramatic tension?). From there, mysterious lightning storms erupt near Cruise's house and everyone runs to see what's happening. Of course, killer robots from Mars or whatever come up from underground and the slaughter begins.

Cruise apparently has several superpowers in this movie. He has the uncanny ability to avoid the alien death beams while people in front, behind, and next to him are vaporized. He has cat-like reflexes, which allow him to run, jump, and hide while holding his 10 year old daughter. He can also bore you to death with his mostly emotionless performance.

Several glaring plot holes exist: First, the EMP from the lightning storm wipes out every car in the city, but the mechanics at the local shop manage to repair a minivan in the few minutes between storm's end and the carnage beginning. Cruise and crew hide out in a basement cellar while an airplane (!) lands on the house, and emerge unscathed. (BTW, why did that house have a boiler when they also clearly show a gas furnace in the next scene). EMP in this movie seems to operate selectively - all the cars are wiped out but the ferry still runs, as do the military vehicles. The diner still has power when nothing else does.

By the end of this magnificent turd, you end up rooting for the aliens and wishing they would squish Cruise already and turn him into fertilizer. There is no plot, it's two hours of watching Cruise run from basement to basement hiding until the aliens just all mysteriously die at the end. The lesson here? When the world ends, all you need to do is run aimlessly around the countryside carrying a 10 year old and if you run long enough, the evil aliens will all just drop dead.

This movie stunk.

Reviewed by parameswaranrajendran 8 / 10

Great disaster movie

Whenever comes to Steven Spielberg, it will be definitely a masterpiece. This one is very spectacular because he is using animatronics rather than using visual effects. A definitely watch movie. Tom Cruise played a divorced dad character which is willing to do anything to safeguard his daughter, played by Dakota Fanning.

Reviewed by Sandman 7 / 10

COMPLETELY different from the book... but it wasn't bad

I read the book when I was in sixth grade and not only was it long kind of outdrawn but also pretty confusing. For example, when the Heat Ray first appeared in the book, I did not picture them being zapped by the Heat Ray... I pictured people passing out from a heat wave. Yeah, maybe reading the book only four years ago was not such a good idea because it was really long and sometimes boring... to the point where I only remembered half the book when I finished reading it.

This particular adaptation (out of many others) is so far the only one that I have seen and it is, like I said, COMPLETELY different from the book. First off, the book was set (and written) in 1890's London, whereas this movie is set in modern day US. The main protagonist also did not even have a name in the book and the only family mentioned was his wife and cousins.

Bottom line, the movie was actually pretty good despite its differences from the book. I would recommend the book to anyone old enough to understand what is going on. But in the case of both the movie and the book, do not expect a full-on action story or you will be disappointed. The movie was visually astounding and the script was fairly decent. Despite the fact that the plot was a lot different in that most scenes were put in a different order if not completely changed

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