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Spielberg and Cruise re-team in this modern sci-fi remake of the H.G. Wells classic 1898 novel (George Pal produced the 1953 film version) though the M-word (Martians, that is) is never actually uttered here. Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a distant dad forced together with his teenage son Robbie (Chatwin) and 10-year-old daughter Rachel (Fanning) for the weekend. That dysfunctional scene is cut short by powerful lightning strikes that activate massive underground three-legged alien machines bent on destroying every human in sight, which puts Ray and his brood on the run. Typical breathtaking Spielberg special effects abound; Cruise shows why he's an A-lister.

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Available on Running time 118 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: H.G. Wells, Alien Beings--Vicious, Dads, New Jersey, Top Grossing Films of 2005
David Koepp, Josh Friedman
Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, Justin Chatwin, Rick Gonzalez, David Alan Basche, Yul Vazquez, Lenny Venito, Lisa Ann Walter, Ann (Robin) Robinson, Gene Barry
Janusz Kaminski
Steven Spielberg
John Williams
Morgan Freeman, Ronald Judkins, Michael Kahn, Doug Meerdink, Andrew Menzies, Norman Newberry, Joanna Johnston, Rick Carter
Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise-Wagner Productions, Paramount

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War of the Worlds
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Ray (Tom Cruise) spends the weekend with his son, Robbie, and his daughter, Rachel. He's isn't very close with them at all until the end of the weekend... Out of nowhere, huge robot-like aliens came and started killing people and spraying their blood as fertilizer all over the place. Ray had to protect his kids, but as the aliens were coming out, Robbie insisted that he go see what was happening. Ray and Rachel became very close while trying to escape from the vicious killers. In the end, the aliens die because they cannot survive in our air. I don't really like the ending because it seemed like a lazy excuse for an ending, but the rest of the movie is pretty good.