H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds Poster

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2005

R|1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary
Astronomer George Herbert (C. Thomas Howell) is assigned to investigate reports of strange meteors crashing into earth near New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. As the meteors land, enormous multi-limbed metal creatures disembark and begin destroying everything and everyone in their path with heat-ray guns. Amidst the apocalyptic destruction, Herbert teams with a soldier (Andy Lauer) and a pastor (Rhett Giles) on his journey into Washington to reunite with his family.

Cast: C. Thomas Howell, Rhett Giles, Andrew Lauer, Tinarie Van Wyk-Loots, Jake Busey, Peter Greene, Dashiell Howell, Kim Little

Director: David Latt

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: The Asylum

Keywords: Soldier, Wife, Small town, Son, 2000s, Rescue, Quest

Ratings & Reviews

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  • For the first 100 minutes of his 117-minute film Spielberg holds the audience in a grip of fear. When Ray and Rachel take refuge in the storm cellar of a survivalist (a miscast Tim Robbins), the director's grip relaxes only a bit, but the film never recovers from this excursion into the Gothic. show more

  • Might be too realistic for its own good: The film takes perhaps a little too much glee in its abilities to manufacture mayhem. That being said, the ride is extraordinary. show more

  • With this genuinely big entertainment, powered by a beating heart, Steven Spielberg has put the summer back in summer movies.

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