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A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.
Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and somewhat 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, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth; an ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes - the first strike in a cataclysmic 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...
# 'Revisiting The Invasion': Spielberg and Cruise recount their on-set experiences and reveal their approach to telling the personal story at the heart of this epic odyssey
# 'The H.G. Wells Legacy': screenwriter David Koepp explores the legacy of H.G. Wells' classic novel from its initial conception through its various adaptations
# 'Steven Spielberg And The Original War Of The Worlds': the stars of the original 1953 film (who make cameos in this version), Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, share their experiences -- past and present
# 'Characters - The Family Unit': Spielberg and Cruise discuss the emotional core of the film
# 'Pre-Visualisation': a rare look at Spielberg in pre-production as he designs the film's action sequences on computer
# 'Production Diaries - East Coast': the cast and crew on a whirlwind shooting tour of the Eastern Seaboard
# 'Production Diaries - West Coast': the cast and crew are back on the West Coast for more action filming on dozens of practical locations, as well as six stages spread over three studio lots
# 'Designing The Enemy - Tripods And Aliens': Spielberg and his collaborators discuss the ground-breaking design of his aliens, their machines, and the challenges in bringing H.G. Wells' vision to life
# 'Scoring War Of The Worlds': Spielberg and John Williams discuss the score to the film, their 21st collaboration!
# 'We Are Not Alone': Spielberg and his stellar cast and crew offer their closing thoughts about the experience of making War Of The Worlds
# Photo gallery