|Source of story
||The novel of the same name by H G Wells
||Josh Friedman, David Koepp
||I am developing an interest in unusual cars which are featured but not mentioned in movies. In this one a 1966 Ford Mustang worth a couple of hundred thousand dollars apparently.
||Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins
||It’s the war of the worlds as the tripods dominate the landscape and either kill or capture humans. Amid the devastation Ray, a divorced father, is attempting to return his children to their mother in Boston. As well as the aliens he must take on fellow humans deranged by the breakdown of civilisation.
||A lot of scenes of humanity in distress in a destructed landscape, a version of the famous ferry sinking, a prolonged set piece in the basement of a farm house involving aliens and a tripod probe. A lot of tension as the hero tried to keep his children safe. No drinking, drugs, sex or anything else which might be considered inappropriate.
||I though this was an inspired take on the well known tale, telling it from the point of view of the family group, and I suppose you would expect it to be worth watching due to the director’s record, and it is. I had seen it before, but it was still gripping on a second viewing.