Rey Ferrier (Cruise), a divorced father and worker at the local docks, gets a rare weekend visit from his son Robbie (Chatwin) and his Daughter Rachel (Fanning), who are dropped off by his ex-wife and her new husband. As his children roughly try to settle themselves in their fathers home, an unusual lighting storm hits the town. The events that follow are a struggle for survival, as the fate of mankind is threatened by an unknown force.
Director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Cruise team up for another science fiction thriller that is an adaptation based on the classic novel of the same name by its author H.G. Wells. The film was released in 2005, and is one of three screen adaptations of the novel out that year, the other two were independent film releases.
Tom Cruise puts in an excellent performance for this film. Young actress Dakota Fanning does the same in what probably was her last good starring role on screen before finally growing up and losing her charm.
Once again, director Steven Spielberg, actor Tom Cruise, and the Sci-Fi genre prove to be a winning formula. This is a modern day film adaptation of the classic novel, and is a story told through the eyes of a father and his children. The screenplay plot has a nice mixture of thrilling suspense, adrenaline pumped action, and drama brought about by a story line that has a father struggling to prove his worth and love to his son and daughter, and at the same time, trying to survive a brewing war, as the fate of earth and its people are at hand.
The always excellent Steven Spielberg production is not short of delivering hair raising suspense accompanied by top notch sound quality and convincingly good special effects. The overall experience is very entertaining. Its just as good this second time around from when I first saw it during its release.