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War Of The Worlds (2005)

6.51 h 56 min2005X-Ray12
Big-budget adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells, directed by Steven Spielberg. Divorced father of two Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is looking after his children - uncommunicative Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and precocious Rachel (Dakota Fanning) - while his ex-wife Mary (Miranda Otto) goes to Boston for the weekend.
Steven Spielberg
Tom CruiseDakota FanningMorgan Freeman
Science FictionAdventureAction
English (UK) [CC]English (US) [CC]
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Miranda OttoTim RobbinsJustin ChatwinJosh FriedmanDavid Koepp
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4.4 out of 5 stars

2838 global ratings

  1. 67% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Boris UKReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Another garbage starring Tom Cruise
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The story line was OK, with an interesting revelation at the end.

BUT, the production and acting were awful. Tom Cruise spends 2 hours chasing after his out-of-control kids:

1) Daughter, who makes the most irritating scream ever and does it the whole movie. I honestly thought they were going to use that scream to kill the aliens.

2) Son, who just wants to run away from the father and fights indestructible terrestrial machines with his bare hands. In the middle of the movie he eventually manages to do that and runs to the battlefield where you just see massive explosions. Only burning military humvees are returning from there, yet, at the end of the movie the son magically appears from the house of his grand parents.

What a total garbage. I can't believe Tom Cruise, who is worth £1/2bn signed up for this junk.
12 people found this helpful
Rob. BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Tom
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Easily one of Tom Cruise's worst movies. When I started watching I thought the direction was poor so I checked who it was. Imagine my surprise to see it was Spielberg. The worst think about the movie however is the abysmal plot which wants us to have sympathy for what are a bunch of unsympathetic characters. Plus you have the generic teen son who doesn't get on with his dad. How many times have we seen that before.
Until they can be bothered to make a decent update of the book I will be sticking to the Jeff Wayne musical version.
3 people found this helpful
Paris HairReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of best ever Sci-Fi Films
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Think whatever you like of Tom Cruise in person he has managed to smash it with his excellent sci-fi films and none more so than this incredible and best ever adaptation of the H G Wells genre defining book.

The film manages to capture the sheer terror, ruthlessness and panic of an alien invasion and also manages to convincingly convey the sheer randomness of the protagonists initial survival.

The film is a tense and thrilling ride that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout it's peaks and troughs of action, drama and terror.

Add to this the sheer stylishness and great cinematography and I submit this is one of the best films of the century to date.

Its influence is clear to see on games as well, watch the film and then reassess 'The Last Of Us' and you'll see where they games makers have drawn much of their inspiration from.

Cannot recommend highly enough.
2 people found this helpful
macabee200Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
So many lessons about what makes a blockbuster
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Before watching this I didn't realise the difference between TV movies and Hollywood blockbusters.

In both movies, things happen to people. How they respond is literally what makes the movie.

In a TV movie, we just watch the bad things happen to people. Watching them having a bad time is that the movie is about.

In a Hollywood movie, bad things happen. But the people in the movie take charge. They're proactive. This is what makes the movie fun. Often they're heroic.

And that's the main problem with this movie. How did they recruit Tom Cruise in a role where he's not just not a hero, but actively discourages others from being heroes? Where he's constantly running away? Where he's a bit too thick to work much out?

And so the movie plods and stumbles from one big action scene to another without any satisfaction. There's nothing necessarily wrong with a plodding sci-fi movie, provided it offers something additional, like an intelligent script or some interesting ideas. But that's also missing here.

The other big issue is that this movie misrepresents itself. It's not a sci-fi action movie. It's a disaster movie. It's about 10% horror movie too, if the constant screaming (CONSTANT) of the child star is any measure.
Dominic G.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
So poorly written
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I was re-watching this film as I remember being scared by it as a child, but after an hour in I've had to turn it off because of how unbelievably poorly every character is written. I have absolutely no liking for any of the main characters at all, they lack any substance and are simply there for the film to try and add more drama in some of it's 'meant to be tense' scenes. But as a result of how terrible these characters are, the tense scenes are just boring, because I cant even kid myself into faking that I might remotely care about what happens to them. The premise is a classic, the effects are pretty good, the writing is beyond hopeless. Spare your time and brain cells, avoid this film.
3 people found this helpful
sharon dyerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spectacular effects. Totally believable, superb acting.
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I was looking for a film that would have me glued to the screen. This film didn't disappoint. At times I caught myself holding my breath. Great acting by all the cast especially Tom cruise and the two actors who played his children. They've managed to revamp and improve on an old movie, bringing it into the modern age. Full of spectacular special effects and stunts that leave you totally believing its real, glued to your seat and caught up in this film. Best film I've watched in a few years. Can totally recommend. You wont be disappointed.
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MR L CLARKEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
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My favorite opening scene after what appears to be some kind of phenomena geo storm...."Is it terrorists, like Europe?". And a very annoying screaming, spoilt brat in the back seat after witnessing people being incinerated within seconds? Yes, it is the prophet Mohamed, raining dealing down death laser beams because the west has indiscriminately obliterated it's home town.
It's funny how Dollywood captivates a vicious rumour that spread around the us at the time, where people actually believed it and some even committed suicide. Look it up!

To then make a movie out of it and spin it to install even more fear into people, and has the audacity to mention the words terrorism, while comitting egregious crimes against humanity or terrorism itself in Iraq.
It really is amazing how sadistic dollywood is. A sick, trashy, lame talentless film, like many it has squeezed out overtime yet a wonder how anyone idolizes this sickness is beyond me.
S. J. McgeownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertainment for all over 12 and a modern interpretation of HG Wells
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The opening scene stars Mr Tom Cruise as an every day dock worker who moves vast containers with a crane.His boss wants him to do overtime which the law prevents.So he hops in his pride and joy to return to his very ordinary house,where he meets his ex wife and her wealthier new husband to hand over the two kids for the weekend.They are both obnoxious and priggish and utterly upper middle class full of Boston exceptionalism.Well from here it all implodes,as weather phenomena destroy the "happy family" and war erupts on their streets in the most savage way.
What is shocking is to see Americana savagely attacked and destroyed with the expectation of death.A gripping tale that leads you on a merry dance of excitement and exhaustion till the end.Well worth an evening in.
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