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The ending of the 2005 film was All Just a Dream.
The movie ends with the fall of the tripod. It would explain the totally unlikely survival of Robbie Ferrier.

In the film, Robbie wants to go and fight the aliens because he's lost the will to live.
Earth has been invaded by invincible aliens who will either burn you to ash or gather you up for unknown reasons. Even if you survive, the best you can hope for is to hide in a basement for the rest of your life, however short that may be. Robbie joined the battle because -consciously or subconsciously- he understands that the world is ending, and that it's all downhill from here.

In the 2005 film, the shields were down on the tripods (for at least one of them) during the ferry scene.
Perhaps it's some kind of electromagnetics and it won't work in water?

The Heat Rays in the Spielberg movie were actually energy-leaching beams
As mentioned in the article for The Film Version, the rays vaporized the people, but left their clothes intact, floating around in a really ridiculous way. This troper believes that those beams were really some sort of beam that sucked out all of the energy or water-content (dehydrating the victims) of the victims and transferred it into the machine to power it. Of course, this theory becomes problematic upon viewing said rays explode military vehicles, but I'm going to blame that on Rule of Cool until either I or another troper can expand on this.
  • A focused beam of electrons would have the effect presented in the film, violently vaporizing water which could destroy people and vehicles while leaving stuff like clothes intact (if ragged).

Humanity has been one long Martian scientific experiment.
Especially in the Spielberg film, where the tripods are planted on Earth in advance of the attack. The Martians seeded mankind on Earth thousands of years ago to observe the rise of a civilization; now they're satisfied and the experiment is finished. Time to sterilize the equipment and put the planet back to the way it was when they started. The tripods aren't soldiers, they're exterminators.

Spielberg movie: The reason why the Japanese defeated some of the Tripods, is because they used Giant Mecha against them.
In the Steven Spielberg movie the story goes around the Japanese took some tripods down. Since Japan is partially known for its large amount of giant mecha its possible they finally deployed them for real, instead of just using them as props for television shows.

Godzilla took down the Tripods in Japan.
C'mon. Do you think he's going to let some one else trample Tokyo. I don't think so.

The ships themselves were implanted during the lightning attack
Rather than being buried there for millennia to be piloted by lightning-riding invading aliens whose technology would've likely advanced far beyond them, the tripods themselves were what the lightning implanted in the ground.
  • I was thinking along these lines too - 26 strikes.. I doubt these things had a crew of 26. And why wouldn't anyone have found the tripod when they were building the street in the first place? Nanotech machines implanted into the ground to assemble the tripod, then the crew came down.

The Tripods in the movie were Lost Technology created by The Galactic Confederacy.
It certainly fits, considering how long they've been buried and the fact Tom Cruise is there.

The aliens come from planet Mor-Tax.


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