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War of the Worlds

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Original title
War of the Worlds
Running time
116 min.
United States United States
David Koepp, Josh Friedman (Novel: H.G. Wells)
John Williams
Janusz Kaminski
DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Cruise-Wagner Productions
Sci-Fi. Action. Horror | Aliens. End of the World. Remake
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H.G. Wells Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’s seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and young daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.

Moments later, at an intersection near his house, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth and, before anyone can react, incinerates everything in sight. An ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes – the first strike in a catastrophic alien attack on Earth.

Ray scrambles to get his children away from this merciless new enemy, embarking on a journey that will take them across the ravaged countryside, where they become caught in the desperate tide of refugees fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of Tripods.

But no matter where they run, there is no safety, no refuge … only Ray’s unconquerable will to protect the ones he loves.

Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. The executive producer is Paula Wagner. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Tim Robbins.

Spielberg’s core filmmaking team, which has collaborated with the director on numerous projects, is led by director of photography Janusz Kaminski, ASC, production designer Rick Carter, editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E., and costume designer Joanna Johnston. Music is composed by John Williams. Visual effects and animation is by Industrial Light & Magic, led by senior visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman.

This film was rated PG-13 for Frightening Sequences of Sci-Fi Violence and Disturbing Images. US release: june 29th, 2005.
2005: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Sound, Sound Editing, Visual Effects
2005: Nominated for Razzie Awards: Worst Actor (Tom Cruise)
2005: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Young Actress (Fanning)
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