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2000s, Drama - Survival, Invasion of Earth

War of the Worlds (2005)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The novel of the same name by H G Wells
Writers/Script Josh Friedman, David Koepp
Additional Info 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.
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins
Elevator Pitch 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.
Content 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.
A View 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.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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