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At Theaters: 6/29/2005 On Video: 11/22/2005
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 57 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 449937
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’s seminal classic, the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.
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Sci-Fi Action Adventure - Very similar to the original except much more intense and suspenseful. As in other sci-fi movies directed by Spielberg there's 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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tom Cruise COLLATERAL, THE LAST SAMURAI, MINORITY REPORT
Dakota Fanning DREAMER, HIDE AND SEEK, MAN ON FIRE
Tim Robbins CODE 46, MYSTIC RIVER, THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE
Miranda Otto FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX
Justin Chatwin TAKING LIVES
Dir/Prod: Steven Spielberg THE TERMINAL, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, MINORITY REPORT
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About The Film
Pre-Production Begins
The Look of 'War of the World'
Visual Effects
Creating the Tripods
About the Locations
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Content Heading
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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Above Average

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Roger Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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 ...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 226 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
30
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
26
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
34
Very High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
36
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
47
High
96%
30+Adults (F)
53
Very High
96%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.

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