Watch: War of the Worlds 2005 123movies, Full Movie Online – An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction action film freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann’s parents’ house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage..
Plot: Ray Ferrier is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son and young daughter for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
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I enjoyed this entry into the HG Wells film library. The special effects are great (to this amateur anyway) and the acting and action more than adequate. Plus it stays near enough to the sci-fi genius of the author to satisfy the fans of the classic novel. I will say that I got a little tired of the son acting like such a teenager, but he and the Tom Cruise character both show some character growth by the end of the film. Tom is one of those actors who seems to be playing himself a lot, but I suspect there is a lot more work to it than that. I’m not sure Dustin Hoffman would have gotten his Academy Award for Rain Man if he had played off a lesser actor than Cruise.
I think there are a couple of scenes the movie could have done without, such as in the cellar with Cruise, his daughter and the man who lived there. It slowed the story down, changed the tenor of the drama, and didn’t add a lot, in my view. But it is what it is and overall I found War of the Worlds to be entertaining. Good science fiction movies can be hard to find.
First time seeing this in 15 years and lame plot, annoying characters (both kids got on my nerves) and a protagonist who just runs around, as Tom Cruise does so well, but has zero impact on the end game which was… bacteria. Yeah, this was just as dumb today as it was back then. At least the visual effects and sound design still holds up. **2.5/5**
A good take on the Wells story. Better than the 1953 classic in some ways
First – a quick rebuttal: The peanut butter sandwich which seemed to stick to the window impossibly. This was a very visually interesting scene. In fact, the scene was shot from inside the house, and Cruise was shot in reflection against the window – so there is no problem here other than the reviewer not thinking what they were seeing through.
Now on to the review…
This film follows Tom Cruise – playing a not-very-adult divorced father – and his two kids through the Wellsian version of The War of the Worlds. Despite the fact that the film focuses exclusively on the harrowing experiences of this somewhat dysfunctional family, in a very basic way it preserves the elements of the original novel. As with Wells’ book, a science savvy viewer will pick up on the biological plausibility of the main plot and realize the brilliance of Wells original points. Scientifically educated viewers will also recognize the geological impossibility of it. Neither of these facts should detract from the entertainment value of this interesting and exciting film. After all, it is a testament to Wells’ genius that a novel written nearly 100 years ago still holds our attention today, and is still regarded as an intelligent take on improbable events.
An alien species, about which nothing is really known, has been planning to take over and terraform earth for millenia, or perhaps much longer. Using unknown technology, they manage to emplace operatives in enormous tripod machines equipped with horrendous weapons that basically carbonize any life forms they take aim at. The tripods had been implanted deep in the earth long before the advent of our species. There simply is no stopping the invasion. Cruise, whose character is not really built for heroism, digs deep into his soul to protect his children as they attempt to make it to Boston to reunite with his estranged wife and her new family.
Before I discuss the technical merits of the film, and the lavish production values, I feel that I need to make a comment on Dakota Fanning. Ms. Fanning gives one of the best performances I have ever seen a sub-12 year old give in The War of the Worlds. She is a match for Cruise, and actually manages to steal several scenes from him. The acting in this film is uniformly good, but Fanning really stood out.
Spielberg and his team make seemingly impossible film visions come alive in a uniquely well realized manner. War of the Worlds is one of the most visually stunning films I have seen in a long time. Though I would not call the special effects innovative, they are, more importantly, convincing and never over-done. The nearly first person story telling technique is both original and effective, and the non-heroism of Cruise’s character makes for a much more compelling plot than I expected to see. There are indeed some problems with believability, but let me ask – why would anybody go to this film expecting something more realistic than a fairy tale?
Recommended for Wells fans, fans of the original 1953 adaptation, and action sci-fi fans. Mildly recommended to the average cinema-goer.
Not a Disappointment
I remember how excited I was when I saw this remake was being done. Having been totally burned on the remake of “The Time Machine” (all that money and no imagination–what was wrong with the basic story?), I was suspect. While the new “War of the Worlds” parts company with the novel by H. G. Wells, it stands very well by itself. First of all, the machines of destruction are amazing to look at. They are truer to the original than the fifties version (although it is still a really cool movie). The overriding threat of societal annihilation comes through. Even Wells let us know this was a culture beyond our earthbound knowledge, so their war machines had to dwarf our meek efforts.
The human story does very well. Tom Cruise playing a self-absorbed character (imagine that) grows throughout the film. Dakota Fanning is our new Wunderkind actress and plays opposite Cruise very well. Their travels to avoid death leave us on the edges of our seats. Just as with the original, it’s everyone for themselves–the best and the worst of humanity show through with a few shell shocked nut cases and survivalists thrown in for good measure.
The scene along the river, with people trying to cross to safety, gives us a titanic (no pun intended) view of our fragility. The weakness is a barrage of schmaltz in the second half of the movie, particularly in the ending. You can see visions of “Close Encounters” here and there in images Spielberg puts forth. Nevertheless, it’s really an exciting film and should stand the test of time. Good nightmare material.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director Steven Spielberg
Writer Josh Friedman, David Koepp, H.G. Wells
Actors Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 3 Oscars. 16 wins & 49 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 500T 5279, Fuji Super F-250T 8552, Super F-250D 8562, Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Dolby Vision, Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)