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

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

  • 100
    Rene RodriguezMiami Herald

    Contains all of the hallmarks of classic genre Spielberg: It shows you things you've never seen before, instills an accompanying sense of awestruck wonder, and delivers long stretches of heightened, delirious excitement that remind you why people started going to the movies in the first place. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    It is, simply, the alienation-invasion movie to beat all alien-invasion movies: meticulously detailed and expertly paced and photographed, with sights so spectacular and terrible that viewers will have to consciously remind themselves to close their mouths when their jaws drop open. show more

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