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* {{Glurge}}: The ending. Despite taking arguably the dumbest course of action at every possible turn, the entire family somehow survives and happens to reunite at the same spot at the same time. Doubly inexplicable for Robbie, who spends the entire movie trying to get himself killed.

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* {{Glurge}}: The ending. Despite taking arguably the dumbest course of action at every possible turn, the entire family somehow survives and happens to reunite at the same spot at the same time. Doubly inexplicable for Robbie, who spends the entire movie trying to get himself killed.killed but survives and reunites with the family.



** Robbie for blindly charging into battle when he sees the US military already being slaughtered, and he's not just a civilian, he's a ''kid''. Nothing he was doing served any other purpose than [[spoiler: getting himself killed. (almost)]]
** Rachel to a lesser extent. She may be just a frightened child, but her ear-piercing screams and decision to run out of the house in a panic serve to very nearly cost her her life despite all of Ray's efforts.

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** Robbie for blindly charging into battle when he sees the US military already being slaughtered, and he's not just a civilian, he's a ''kid''. Nothing he was doing served any other purpose than [[spoiler: almost getting himself killed. (almost)]]
killed.]]
** Rachel to a lesser extent. She may be just a frightened child, but her ear-piercing screams and decision to run out of the house in a panic serve to very nearly cost her her life despite all of Ray's efforts.efforts as well as endanger the life of her father.


** Rachel is either adorable, TheWoobie, and someone you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an [[BrattyHalfPint annoying brat]] and TheLoad who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.

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** Rachel is either adorable, TheWoobie, and someone you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an [[BrattyHalfPint annoying brat]] and TheLoad who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, annoying (and was possibly intended to be played by a younger actress), but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.


* SpecialEffectsFailure: While the quality may be up for debate, the quality of the effects is not. The heat-ray was straight out of a '90s video game, the tripods clattered along independently of the surfaces that they were standing on and the [[HollywoodNight nighttime]] was represented by superimposing starry night sky over ''some'' of the visible blue afternoon sky while being filmed in bright sunny daylight.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: SpecialEffectFailure: While the quality may be up for debate, the quality of the effects is not. The heat-ray was straight out of a '90s video game, the tripods clattered along independently of the surfaces that they were standing on and the [[HollywoodNight nighttime]] was represented by superimposing starry night sky over ''some'' of the visible blue afternoon sky while being filmed in bright sunny daylight.

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**Some of the imagery is reminiscent of the actual Holocaust, such as victims' clothes falling from the sky, invoking ashes from camp crematoriums falling back down to Earth like snow.


* ShockingMoments: One scene, a clever nod to the original story, involves a crowd of people, including our protagonists, walking through town, when a railroad crossing signal sounds. Everybody clears the tracks as the gate comes down. Then the train passes. [[spoiler:It is ''on fire'']]. It leaves, the gates go up, and it is not commented on ''by anyone''. Creator/RogerEbert, who gave the film a mixed but mostly negative review, called this scene "unforgettable".

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* ShockingMoments: ShockingMoments / BigLippedAlligatorMoment: One scene, a clever nod to the original story, involves a crowd of people, including our protagonists, walking through town, when a railroad crossing signal sounds. Everybody clears the tracks as the gate comes down. Then the train passes. [[spoiler:It is ''on fire'']]. It leaves, the gates go up, and it is not commented on ''by anyone''. Creator/RogerEbert, who gave the film a mixed but mostly negative review, called this scene "unforgettable".


* HilariousInHindsight: ''Anime/DragonballZ'' toys are visible in Robbie's room. Of course, this was before his actor, Justin Chatwin, was known for [[Film/DragonballEvolution his infamous portrayal of Goku.]]

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* HilariousInHindsight: ''Anime/DragonballZ'' toys are visible in Robbie's room. Of course, this was before his actor, Justin Chatwin, Creator/JustinChatwin, was known for [[Film/DragonballEvolution his infamous portrayal of Goku.]]


* JerkassWoobie: Ogilvy's more than a little unhinged, but he's a man who's just lost his entire family. That, combined with watching the world get taken over by aliens, would make anyone have problems.

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* JerkassWoobie: Ogilvy's more than Ogilvy starts out as this. He's not a little unhinged, nice person, but he's a man who's just lost his entire family. That, family, combined with watching the world get taken over by aliens, would make anyone have problems.aliens. He loses sympathy as he becomes more antagonistic toward Ray, to the point of not caring if he and Rachel die because of him.


** Rachel is either adorable, TheWoobie, and someone you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an [[BrattyHalfPint annoying brat and TheLoad who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.

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** Rachel is either adorable, TheWoobie, and someone you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an [[BrattyHalfPint annoying brat brat]] and TheLoad who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.


** Rachel is either an adorable [[TheWoobie woobie]] you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an annoying brat and [[TheLoad load]] who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.

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** Rachel is either an adorable [[TheWoobie woobie]] adorable, TheWoobie, and someone you can't help but feel sorry for, or just an [[BrattyHalfPint annoying brat and [[TheLoad load]] TheLoad who screams too much. Others feel that the character as written might have been annoying, but Creator/DakotaFanning's performance was good enough to redeem her.

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* MoralEventHorizon: The aliens cross it by attacking Earth and going on a planet-wide genocide.


!!The TV series has examples of:
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYa90nIcA9c first season opening theme]] by Billy Thorpe is the epitome of awesome.
* BrokenBase: The Frank Mancuso Jr.-produced second season split the fanbase into pieces as soon as the season premiere aired, via [[spoiler:killing off Norton and Ironhorse, decimating the house where the Blackwood Project was stationed, moving the action TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and forcing the main characters to go into hiding while an offshoot of the Mor-Tax aliens kill off the first season's antagonists and begin running the show]]. That said, there are people who like the cyberpunk atmosphere and darker stories versus the first season.
* CreatorsPet: Debbie, who goes on to dominate many of the second season episodes, and is eventually the one who kills the lead Morthren in the season finale.
* {{Narm}}: The final episode of the series has a romantic scene -- with two of the Mor-Tax (that is, the one-eyed "ugly" aliens from the first season) gently stroking each other's faces while cheesy synth music plays, in bright lighting, no less. It's much more likely to inspire derision than sympathy at Malzor's tragic backstory.
* SecondSeasonDownfall: Most diehard fans tend to hold the opinion that the changes from the first to second season (which included the deaths of several major and supporting characters - including the villains of the first season, the world flipping over TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and most of the first-season plot threads dropped in favor of standalone episodes) caused the show's death.
* TheWoobie: Debbie, who hardly has anything resembling a normal childhood, is slowly turned into a ChildSoldier as a result of her experiences, sees two of her friends die grisly deaths, barely gets any interaction with kids her own age and watches the one alien friend she has get murdered in front of her before wielding a gun for the first time and killing the lead villain.

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*{{Glurge}}: The ending. Despite taking arguably the dumbest course of action at every possible turn, the entire family somehow survives and happens to reunite at the same spot at the same time. Doubly inexplicable for Robbie, who spends the entire movie trying to get himself killed.


* DysfunctionalFamily: the Ferrier family get hit with this pretty hard, With Ray coming off as more a crappy babysitter than the kids father, who seem to do their best to ignore or straight up disobey Ray most times, Robbie stands out for constantly trying to jump into the fight against the aliens, despite having neither weapons nor training in weapon use which would make him a risk to soldiers having to pull him out of the fire, Rachel gets mostly a pass because she is a young girl, but makes several mistakes that do cost them some breathing room, Ray himself seems to have bene a poor father to the kids, with it taking a full blown alien invasion for him to even try to step up, and while things with his ex seem amicble enough, it seems they don't fully get along.



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%%* InferredHolocaust:* InferredHolocaust: During the course of the film, the implication is that a very sizable proportion of the human race has been exterminated and much of the planet has been laid to waste by the invaders. Yet with possibly millions, if not ''billions'' of people dead and the Earth in ruins, one gets the impression we're supposed to find the ending [[spoiler:in which the family we've been following all somehow survive and reunite with the mother]] [[AMillionIsAStatistic to be a happy one.]]


* MostAnnoyingSound: Rachel's crying and screaming, while justified, can get really annoying quickly.

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* DysfunctionalFamily: the Ferrier family get hit with this pretty hard, With Ray coming off as more a crappy babysitter than the kids father, who seem to do their best to ignore or straight up disobey Ray most times, Robbie stands out for constantly trying to jump into the fight against the aliens, despite having neither weapons nor training in weapon use which would make him a risk to soldiers having to pull him out of the fire, Rachel gets mostly a pass because she is a young girl, but makes several mistakes that do cost them some breathing room, Ray himself seems to have bene a poor father to the kids, with it taking a full blown alien invasion for him to even try to step up, and while things with his ex seem amicble enough, it seems they don't fully get along.

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