War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

DVD - 2005
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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one American family fights for survival.
Publisher: Willowdale, Ont. ; Universal City, Calif. : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, 2005.
Edition: Widescreen format (1:85:1).
ISBN: 9781417057849
141705784X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (117 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.

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illy
Jun 26, 2019

***** SPOILER ALERT *****
Tom Cruise's character Ray calmly blindfolds his daughter, tells her to sing a lullaby to herself, has her cover her ears, then he goes into another room where a man has his back to Ray. Ray closes the door behind him. When Ray emerges, his head is bloody. The other man is never seen again. This (implied) killing was not accidental or unavoidable. They were not held prisoners and could have left at any time. Premeditated murder by Ray against a man who sheltered Ray and his daughter. Then Ray got to live happily ever after at the end of the movie. Steven Spielberg had supposedly spent years planning this movie, and this was the best he could do?
When people are zapped with the death ray, they vaporize but their clothes do not so we see clothes flying through the air and falling from the sky. But in Spielberg's world no one wears bras, panties, underwear, or socks. And how come the vaporized people's shoes are not littering the streets?

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EvanSchoenfeld
Apr 24, 2019

Big budget, lightweight entertainment. It’s effective in spots, but narrow escapes get tedious after many repetitions. The depiction of extraterrestrials as evil and slimy was offensive: When they destroy the world it’s a terrible thing but when we do it’s no big deal. I find such tribal morality irritating.
I wonder if the library would purchase the 1953 George Pal version? For those who can handle special effects from a bygone era, a superior film.

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yesbyedith
Mar 20, 2019

Well adapted. People forget the end was written that way. Updated to current times.
Girl is great screamer...
Also, the guy is point of view, so action is just to see more places.

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mustang351c
Nov 15, 2018

This particular adaptation of the HG Wells classic uses the martian invasion as a really good metaphor for the things encroaching upon modern Western society; Communist/Leftist incursion that has been going on in Western universities and media since the 1930's (at least), the cultural jihad of islam quietly creeping it's way in and now becoming more active and problematic, and of course the homosexual undermining of the Catholic Church (and more broadly other Christian denominations) through something called Liberation Theology (it's roots and cause originating in Latin America and going back to the days of Stalin) meant to turn out the Church and use it to destroy it's host countries.
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Very subtle and very effective messaging.
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Good movie, two thumbs way up!

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Candona
Nov 03, 2018

I agree with a lot of the more negative comments already made. At least the movie retains major elements of the original story rather than do the typical Hollywood thing and take a title and then make a completely unrecognizable movie story line. This may account for the somewhat "flat" ending another person noted. I'm really surprised I don't remember having seen the movie before this but maybe I have and "forgettable" is correct.

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patch666
Apr 02, 2018

over done and horrible !!! Tom Cruise terrible as always ~

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Weird, should have been better.

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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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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Robbie Ferrier: What is it? Is it terrorists?

Ray Ferrier: These came from some place else.

Robbie Ferrier: What do you mean, like, Europe?

Ray Ferrier: No, Robbie, not like Europe!

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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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badwolf18
Mar 09, 2012

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

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