History Film / TheWarOfTheWorlds

26th Feb '18 6:58:25 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Downplayed in that God himself is the one that truly "saves the day", but America is the nation that spearheads the fight against the Martians, including being the ones leading the research and using the (strangely untouched) city of Washington D.C. as the location where all information regarding the Martians from around the world is pooled to try to determine the best strategy.


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* WashingtonDCInvasion: Averted and even lampshaded: the Martians never mobilize towards the city, for some odd reason, and so this provides the opportunity to utilize it as the headquarters for the world-wide effort to fight the Martians.
11th Dec '17 8:57:40 PM ArchTeryx
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* ReligionIsWrong: Averted in a strange way. The source material (at least the second half) is a firm criticism of religion, and there are religious characters who eventually turn out unhinged and dangerous in the wake of the invasion. The film is almost the complete opposite - the main religious character is kind and righteous and is given a meaningful death (one that shows that the Martians are incapable to be approached in any peaceful fashion), and the closing narration comments on how the smallest creatures of God's kingdom defeated the invaders.

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* ReligionIsWrong: Averted in a strange way. The source material (at least the second half) is a firm criticism of religion, and there are religious characters who eventually turn out unhinged and dangerous in the wake of the invasion. The film is almost the complete opposite - the main religious character is kind and righteous and is given a meaningful death (one that shows that the Martians are incapable to be of being approached in any peaceful fashion), and the closing narration comments on how the smallest creatures of God's kingdom defeated the invaders.


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* TooDumbToLive: Yes, it's a noble thing Matthew did, but he apparently forgot three ''other'' people had already approached the machines with peaceful intentions and been ''summarily erased.'' Why exactly did he think it'd go any different for him?
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.
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