War of the Worlds

Paramount Released 2005




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Movie Summary

Steven Spielberg

Ray Ferrier is a deadbeat dad dockworker who's turn with his two kids Robbie and Rachel falls this fateful weekend which turns out to be the worst weekend in the history of humankind. As freak lightning storms plague the area they live in, this soon reveals itself to be the onslaught of a terrifying and epic invasion of aliens from outer space. As titanic alien tripod war machines are resurrected from beneath the earth by the 'lightning,' Ray and his progeny gather what supplies they need and resolve to head to his ex-wife's house in Boston, desperately avoiding the ever increasing chaos effected by the invaders along the way.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Working in the spirit of his predecessors but with the kind of uncanny special effects they could barely dream of, Spielberg has come up with an impressive production that is distu...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A gritty, intense and supremely accomplished sci-fier.

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Acting is not really the point of this movie, which seems to arise above all from Mr. Spielberg's desire to reaffirm that he is, along with everything else, a master of pure action...

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    • Production Budget - $132,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $234,280,354 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $591,745,540 (4th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $298,241,449
      Worldwide Adjusted fro 2013 - $753,298,535

    • Other Production Companies:
      DreamWorks Pictures (distributor)
      Amblin Entertainment

    • Filming locations include:
      Athens, New York
      Beacon, New York
      Brownsburg, Virginia
      Canyon Country, California
      Cold Spring, New York
      Croton-on-Hudson, New York
      Elizabeth, New Jersey
      Newark, New Jersey
      Howell, New Jersey
      Los Angeles, California
      Bayonne, New Jersey
      Staten Island, New York City, New York
      Lexington, Virginia
      Mystery Mesa, California
      Naugatuck, Connecticut
      Piru, California
      Raphine, Virginia
      Brooklyn, New York City, New York
      Santa Clarita, California
      Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City, California
      Universal Studios, Universal City, California,
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Windsor, Connecticut

    • Taglines:
      1. This Summer, the last war on Earth won't be started by humans.
      2. They're already here.

    • Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Sound
      3. Sound Editing

    • Music:
      Little Deuce Coupe
      by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
      Hushabye Mountain
      by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
      by Jeffrey Scott Harber, Jayce Alexander Basques, William Peng & Drew Dehaven Hall
      Performed by Aphasia
      If I Ruled the World
      by Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel
      Performed by Tony Bennett
      Nobody Move
      by Benjamin Mallon, Michael Ashby, William Sherwin, Eric Joy, Omari Edwards & Glenn Kuchenbeiser
      Performed by Capstone
      Enigma Vibe 2
      Written & Performed by Nicholas Carr
      Sailor Moon
      by Takanori Arisawa
      Fa Wat
      by Christopher Shawn King
      Performed by Kriz Kang
      Written & Performed by Santino


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Thrillers, apocalyptic, bad parenting, end of the world, life vs. death