Sci-Fi Action Adventure - Very similar to the original except much more intense and
suspenseful. As in other sci-fi movies directed by Spielberg
more to the story than special effects. "War of the Worlds" has
extremely well done special effects, but it's the human drama that
will keep you on the edge of your seat.
PROFANITY: 6 GD's, 10 S-Words, several much milder words. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: People are vaporized and killed other ways. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None ACTION: Extremely intense and suspenseful but not action filled. COMEDY: Only about a dozen chuckles and a dozen smiles.
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Roger EbertFull Review Average 'War of the Worlds' is a big, clunky movie containing some sensational sights but lacking the zest and joyous energy we expect from Steven Spielberg.
USA TodayFull Review Good Director Steven Spielberg's summer blockbuster has knockout special effects, masterful cinematography, and terrifying and suspenseful sequences. Above all, it is relentless. Its explosive, non-stop action ...
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We collected 226 moviegoer opinions. These are great opinions, but not as high as I expected. Anytime a movie has over half of the opinions come in either "Fantastic" or "Excellent," it's a movie I can highly recommend, but it did receive quite a few opinions that are a bit on the low side ("Good" and "Fair"). It seems that the critic reviews are also mixed, with reviews from average to very good. But, the most important thing is that most thought "War of the Worlds" was a great movie (including me) and all the rest enjoyed it, at least to some degree.
Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and her new husband drop off his teenage
son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and young daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
Moments later, at an intersection near his house, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth and, before anyone can react, incinerates everything in sight. An ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes — the first strike in a catastrophic alien attack on Earth.
Ray scrambles to get his children away from this merciless new enemy, embarking on a journey that will take them across the ravaged countryside, where they become caught in the desperate tide of refugees fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of Tripods.
But no matter where they run, there is no safety, no refuge ... only Ray's unconquerable will to protect the ones he loves.