• War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds

Release Date: June 29th, 2005

DVD Release Date: November 22nd, 2005

PG-13 |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier's house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Rick Gonzalez, Yul Vazquez, Lenny Venito

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Action , Adventure , Science fiction

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Soldier , Quest , Family , 2000s , Underdog , Emotional , Daughter , Son , Survival , Escape , Intense ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    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

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

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