History Film / TheWarOfTheWorlds

12th Aug '17 3:51:02 AM LtFedora
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* StockFootage: The scenes of people listening to the radio, along with some of the destruction footage, were taken from Pal's previous film ''Film/WhenWorldsCollide''.
31st May '17 9:36:27 AM ArchTeryx
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* WaveMotionGun: The secondary weapon of the machines - people, vehicles, even entire buildings vanish when they are hit by it, leaving no trace but an ashy silhouette.

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* WaveMotionGun: The secondary weapon of the machines machines, in the form of a DisintegratorRay - people, vehicles, even entire buildings vanish when they are hit by it, leaving no trace but an ashy silhouette.
30th May '17 9:08:06 PM ArchTeryx
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* XRaySparks: One unfortunate Marine gets hit by a Martian DisintegratorRay right in front of the camera. As the ray takes effect, his skeleton shows through his glowing silhouette before he vanishes into nothingness.

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* WaveMotionGun: The secondary weapon of the machines - people, vehicles, even entire buildings vanish when they are hit by it, leaving no trace but an ashy silhouette.
* XRaySparks: One unfortunate The Marine commander gets hit by a Martian DisintegratorRay right in front of the camera. As the ray takes effect, his skeleton shows through his glowing silhouette before he vanishes into nothingness.
20th Jan '17 9:02:18 PM Lanes17B
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* ApocalypseAnarchy: While driving to a lab in the mountains, looters scamper aboard Dr. Forrester's truck, throw him out of the cabin, unload the research equipment and samples, and drives off anyone able to hang on. When someone tries to bribe his way on board, he's thrown off while being told that [[MoneyIsNotPower his money's now worthless.]]

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* ApocalypseAnarchy: While driving to a lab in the mountains, looters scamper aboard Dr. Forrester's truck, throw him out of the cabin, unload the research equipment and samples, and drives off with anyone able to hang on. When someone tries to bribe his way on board, he's thrown off while being told that [[MoneyIsNotPower his money's now worthless.]]
20th Jan '17 9:01:03 PM Lanes17B
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* ApocalypseAnarchy: While driving to a lab in the mountains, looters scamper aboard Dr. Forrester's truck, throw him out of the cabin, unload the research equipment and samples, and drives off anyone able to hang on. When someone tries to bribe his way on board, he's thrown off while being told that [[MoneyIsNotPower his money's now worthless.]]
24th Dec '16 10:56:22 AM Lanes17B
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* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: ZigZaggedTrope. The film maintains the original ending where the Martians die from regular Earth germs that humanity is immune to, but the emphasis here is that it's ''regular'' Earth germs. When nuking them does nothing, the military asks the scientist at Cal Tech to figure out a bio-warfare method to kill the Martians out of desperation... and the trucks carrying the equipment are robbed by desperate Angelenos trying to evacuate, destroying all of the equipment (in Forrester's words, "they sliced their own throats!"). The implication being that the bio-warfare attack ''would'' have worked, had the story not decided to stick to the original's ending and letting God do the job.

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* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: ZigZaggedTrope. The film maintains the original ending where the Martians die from regular Earth germs that humanity is immune to, but the emphasis here is that it's ''regular'' Earth germs. When nuking them does nothing, the military asks the scientist at Cal Tech to figure out a bio-warfare method to kill the Martians out of desperation... and the trucks carrying the equipment are robbed by desperate Angelenos trying to evacuate, destroying all of the equipment (in Forrester's words, "they sliced their own throats!"). The implication being that the bio-warfare attack ''would'' have worked, had the story not decided to stick to the original's ending and letting [[DeusExMachina God do the job.job]].
24th Dec '16 10:55:06 AM Lanes17B
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* DeflectorShields: The Martian war machines generate these and it makes them ImmuneToBullets as well as artillery and explosives.

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* DeflectorShields: The Martian war machines generate these and it makes them ImmuneToBullets as well as artillery and explosives.explosives, including the latest model of atomic bomb.
* DeusExMachina: [[Literature/WarOfTheWorlds Like the book that inspired it]], the Martians are defeated, not in a final battle against humanity, [[spoiler: but by germs.]]
18th Dec '16 2:25:17 PM TheGoodnight
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* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: sort of; it's more of an omnidisciplinary lab group: Forester, an astrophysicist, is not only in the same department but actually shares the same lab space with an electrical engineer and a biochemist.
17th Dec '16 6:09:54 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In the novel the fighting machines were NOT ImmuneToBullets, they were just too agile for contemporary artillery to hit before being overwhelmed. This had to be changed to keep it believable that the 1950s army doesn't mop the floor with them immediately.
21st Jul '16 6:13:38 AM Arivne
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original novel took place in late 1800's England and the aliens piloted towering tripod walkers. This film takes place in 1950's California, and the aliens pilot hovering manta-ray/scorpion spacecraft.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: PragmaticAdaptation
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The original novel took place in late 1800's England and the aliens piloted towering tripod walkers. This film takes place in 1950's California, and the aliens pilot hovering manta-ray/scorpion spacecraft.
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