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6th Apr '18 1:58:23 AM Laqueesha
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* ChekhovsGun: Early in the film, Ray is shown to be a baseball fan and plays catch with his son. Later in the movie, after Ray's daughter is abducted by aliens, his throwing skills allow him to toss a frag grenade a long distance at the tripod, grabbing its attention and abducting him so he can bring it down from within.
31st Mar '18 11:51:27 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* HumansAreBastards: Subverted. People do some very desperate things in the face of an incomprehensible disaster, like the mob that forces Ray and his kids out of the car, but it's made clear they're just [[RousseauWasRight scared and doing everything they can to survive]], and occasionally, humanity steps up to the plate, like when Ray gets grabbed by the tentacle inside the "people cage" and ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome every]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming single person]]'' grabs on to pull him out of its grasp.
21st Mar '18 8:01:22 AM Khrunwahl02
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[[caption-width-right:300:''[[GotTheWholeWorldInMyHand He's got the whole world in his hands]].'']]
16th Feb '18 5:08:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks: The US Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force feature prominently throughout the film.
15th Feb '18 10:38:57 PM hellwolf99
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* GoryDiscretionShot: Used to frightening effect with the blood harvesting scene. A flailing man is pinned down behind a tractor by one of a Tripod's tendrils as a second spiked one lunges down and drains his blood just out of sight enough that you can tell what's happening.
15th Feb '18 10:34:30 PM hellwolf99
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* MadeOfPlasticine: Funnily enough, the Tripods turn out to be this. Without their nigh-unbreakable DeflectorShields they can be brought down by anti-tank launchers, or even a few grenades if they're deposited into [[spoiler: the feeding port]]. Considering that the shields can shrug off aircraft fire it's probably justified that not many resources would go into making the Tripods more heavily armored.
21st Jan '18 4:09:02 PM BobRiddle
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* JustEatGilligan: Had the aliens colonized a planet other than Earth, they wouldn't have gotten sick and died.

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* JustEatGilligan: Had the aliens colonized a planet other than stayed away from Earth, they wouldn't have gotten sick and died.
21st Jan '18 4:07:09 PM BobRiddle
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* JustEatGilligan: Had the aliens colonized a planet other than Earth, they wouldn't have gotten sick and died.
21st Jan '18 12:43:26 AM jormis29
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A 2005 film directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg, written for the screen by David Koepp and Josh Friedman, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/DakotaFanning, [[Film/DragonballEvolution Justin Chatwin]], [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Tim Robbins]] and Miranda Otto, narrated by Creator/MorganFreeman and very loosely based on the Creator/HGWells book [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds of that name]].

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A 2005 film directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg, written for the screen by David Koepp and Josh Friedman, and starring Creator/TomCruise, Creator/DakotaFanning, [[Film/DragonballEvolution Justin Chatwin]], [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption Tim Robbins]] and Miranda Otto, Creator/MirandaOtto, narrated by Creator/MorganFreeman and very loosely based on the Creator/HGWells book [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds of that name]].
2nd Jan '18 9:58:19 PM ThePest179
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* MagicPants: The [[DeathRay heat ray]] disintegrates people in an instant, but doesn't work as well on their pants and jackets.[[note]]The vaporization temperature of most fabrics is higher than that of human tissue; however, the human body is mostly water, flash-vaporizing it would create a steam explosion which at the very least would obliterate the clothing in question. Vaporization of the material in question is what happens with most explosive devices. A 180-200 pound human being flash-vaporized would create an explosion as powerful as multiple sticks of dynamite...denim just isn't made to survive that.[[/note]] The heat ray was an explicitly antipersonnel/terror weapon. For structures and armored targets, they use a WaveMotionGun, which shreds everything in front of it.



** The scene where the invaders use a probe to explore the house (and the protagonists subsequently hack it apart after being discovered) mirrors the 1953 version of the movie.
** The aliens' rampage abruptly halted in front of a church in the 1953 film. Here, their rampage commences in front of one.
** The arriving roar of the Tripods also seems to be a more tonally appropriate update of the ''"Ooh-Laaa!"'' sound effects the Music/JeffWayne [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds version]] of the Tripods make, only much more terrifying.
** The film starts in Bayonne, New Jersey, which is only about 50 miles from the setting of the [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds 1938 radio play]] of Grover's Mill.



* MagicPants: The [[DeathRay heat ray]] disintegrates people in an instant, but doesn't work as well on their pants and jackets.[[note]]The vaporization temperature of most fabrics is higher than that of human tissue; however, the human body is mostly water, flash-vaporizing it would create a steam explosion which at the very least would obliterate the clothing in question. Vaporization of the material in question is what happens with most explosive devices. A 180-200 pound human being flash-vaporized would create an explosion as powerful as multiple sticks of dynamite...denim just isn't made to survive that.[[/note]] The heat ray was an explicitly antipersonnel/terror weapon. For structures and armored targets, they use a WaveMotionGun, which shreds everything in front of it.



* ShoutOut: The scene where the invaders use a probe to explore the house (and the protagonists subsequently hack it apart after being discovered) mirrors the 1953 version of the movie.
** The probing scene can also be seen as a ShoutOut to the more famous (and infamous) scene of the kitchen in ''Film/JurassicPark''.
** The aliens' rampage abruptly halted in front of a church in the 1953 film. Here, their rampage commences in front of one.

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* ShoutOut: The scene where the invaders use a probe to explore the house (and the protagonists subsequently hack it apart after being discovered) mirrors the 1953 version of the movie.
**
The probing scene can also be seen as a ShoutOut to the more famous (and infamous) scene of the kitchen in ''Film/JurassicPark''.
** The aliens' rampage abruptly halted in front of a church in the 1953 film. Here, their rampage commences in front of one.
''Film/JurassicPark''.



** The arriving roar of the Tripods also seems to be a more tonally appropriate update of the ''"Ooh-Laaa!"'' sound effects the Music/JeffWayne [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds version]] of the Tripods make, only much more terrifying.



** The film starts in Bayonne, New Jersey, which is only about 50 miles from the setting of the [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds 1938 radio play]] of Grover's Mill.
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