War of the Worlds (2005)



Critic Consensus: Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War of the Worlds delivers on the thrill and paranoia of H.G. Wells' classic novel while impressively updating the action and effects for modern audiences.

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This is a contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells' seminal sci-fi classic. The adventure/thriller reveals humankind's extraordinary battle against an extra-terrestrial invasion fleet, as seen through the eyes of one American family. Located somewhere in the New England United States, the family -- like millions of others around the globe -- is forced to take refuge from the aliens' highly advanced weapons and impenetrable shields, which are unstoppable against anything that mankind can throw at them. Unable to fight back and finding it more and more difficult to remain hidden from the aliens, the human race faces the end of its existence.
Rating: PG13 (for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Written By: Josh Friedman , David Koepp
In Theaters: wide
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Tom Cruise
as Ray Ferrier
Dakota Fanning
as Rachel Ferrier
Justin Chatwin
as Robbie Ferrier
Miranda Otto
as Mary Ann
Tim Robbins
as Harlan Ogilvy
Gene Barry
as Grandfather
Lenny Venito
as Manny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann Walter
as Bartender
Ann Robinson
as Grandmother
Roz Abrams
as Herself
Michael Brownlee
as TV Reporter
Camillia Sanes
as News Producer
Marlon Young
as News Cameraman
John Eddins
as News Van Driver
Peter Gerety
as Hatch Boss/Load Manager
David Harbour
as Dock Worker
Miguel Antonio Ferrer
as Brazilian Neighbor
January LaVoy
as Brazilian Neighbor's Wife
Stephen Gevedon
as Neighbor with Lawnmower
Marianni Ebert
as Hysterical Woman
Rafael Sadina
as Mechanic's Assistant
Amy Ryan
as Neighbor with Toddler
Morgan Freeman
as Narrator, the Narrator
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Spielberg's calculations turn out to be more prominent than any effects they could possibly produce, and the less pretentious 1953 version by producer George Pal emerges as more likable.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The film succeeds as pure sensation, an exacting distillation of fear.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds is huge and scary, moving and funny-another capper to a career that seems like an unending succession of captivations.

Full Review… | May 11, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

There likely won't be a more gripping film this year than Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, which at its best glides along like choreography with a camera, slowly parsing out information while shrouding the rest in shadow and suggestion.

Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Overall, the film is too lacking in feeling to provide a recognizably human experience.

Full Review… | July 14, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

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