War of the Worlds (2005)

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Tom Cruise is the quintessential movie star. Nobody can do what he does in film. He’s a movie star and has a pretty good following of people who like him. Only he can save us from the alien apocalypse. He seeks to save us from the aliens within ourselves. These are things he allegedly believes. While many of us may not believe what he does, it does not mean he is not one of the great movie stars still. Most of his films, except for The Mummy, have received rave reviews and people have spent money to see him in them. It’s something that continues to happen again and again, especially in War of the Worlds. His most recent film, Mission Impossible: Fallout, blew critics and audiences alike out of the water. Going back to 2005, Cruise was just beginning to deal with the fallout of his Scientology beliefs.

However, he was on top of the world, married to Katie Holmes, and having the time of his life. If audiences ever wondered what it would be like to imagine Cruise as a father to Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin, who played his daughter and son respectively, they got their answer here. Cruise portrays Ray Ferrier, a dockworker, who gets caught up in aliens invading. This is nothing new, right? It’s something we’ve seen again and again in movies, especially in some of Cruise’s later work such as Edge of Tomorrow and Oblivion.

Cruise’s Ferrier is our eyes and ears throughout the entire narrative. He is someone who is divorced and does not want to deal with the responsibility of being a parent. His kids aren’t even that happy to see him. It’s easy to see why when he does not want to be a father. Yet, that all changes when the aliens invade and change their lives forever. He has to protect his children from them and seek safe shelter as best he can. One of the best scenes in the film is with Cruise and Tim Robbins. It’s interesting to see the latter portray a deranged person when he is well-known for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, who was the complete opposite.

Robbins shows his range here and does well in his scenes with Cruise. The consummate caring father, Cruise, will not let Robbins do anything to himself or his family. They end up escaping at the proper time. It’s quite startling to see some of the scenes Cruise and Steven Spielberg, the director create in this film. To see humanity at its worst while a father attempts to protect his children can lead one to be disturbed by these scenes. At the same time, Cruise proves why he is the father of the year in this film. No other person could be both awesome as a father protecting his kids and going up against the aliens. In this film, he accomplishes both.

While others may like previous versions of the film, those adaptations of H.G. Wells’ story did not have Tom Cruise. He brings an authenticity to the struggle of earth against the aliens. He is a true hero and we all recognize him for that. He alters the course of the events in the movie. By his actions, his children are saved and reunited with their mother and stepfather. The relationship between father and children is saved because of their commitment to one another as a family. They survive the events of the movie. If we ever get a sequel, it would be interesting to see Cruise go up against the aliens once more.

Was it mentioned that Morgan Freeman does the narration in the beginning and end of the film? If that’s not enough to get you excited about this film, there may be nothing else. But, if you have the chance, check this movie out. It will leave you a proud earthling forever more.

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