War of the Worlds

directed by Steven Spielberg
Category: "Fantasy"
Year of Release:2005
Date Added:07/23/2008
Date Watched:07/03/2005
Description:
My Rating:8

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Review - War of the Worlds

Ray Ferrier’s ex-wife drops off their two kids for the weekend. Ten-year-old Rachel is prone to panic, and 15-year-old Robbie is in full-out rebellion. Shortly after they arrive, a freak lightning storm hits and wipes out all electrical devices. Ray goes out to investigate and sees a huge tripod rise up out of the ground and start killing people with its rays. He grabs the kids and the only working vehicle in NYC and heads for the house of his ex’s boyfriend. While there, there’s another lightning storm and a jet crashes on the house. They had toward Boston where the ex is visiting her parents. They take backroads, but soon get caught up in a crowd waiting to cross the Hudson on a ferry. A tripod rises out of the river and swamps the boat. Now on foot, the three arrive at a place where the military is losing a battle with the tripods. Robbie wants to join the fight and runs off. Ray and Rachel hole up in a basement with the half-mad Ogilvy. Aliens search the house but don’t find them. Ray watches out the window as the tripods grab humans, suck their blood and drop them. Ogilvy goes nuts and Ray is forced to kill him. Rachel runs outside in panic and is grabbed by a machine. Ray gets himself grabbed and manages to disable the tripod with a grenade. When they finally arrive in Boston, the aliens are dying off because they aren’t immune to the bacteria on Earth. Ray delivers Rachel to her mother and finds Robbie safe.

Intense all the way through. Cruise and Dakota Fanning perform well. The movie doesn’t stand up to a lot of thinking, but it isn’t supposed to.
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