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War of the Worlds
An alien hand holds Earth, that is engulfed in flame. A red weed surrounds the hand. Above the image is the film's title, WAR OF THE WORLDS and the main actor, TOM CRUISE. Below is the release date, JUNE 29, and the cast and crew credits.
Theatrical poster
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy
Colin Wilson
Damian Collier (executive)
Paula Wagner (executive)
Written by Josh Friedman
David Koepp
H. G. Wells (novel)
Narrated by Morgan Freeman
Starring Tom Cruise
Dakota Fanning
Justin Chatwin
Miranda Otto
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
Editing by Michael Kahn
Studio Amblin Entertainment
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Distributed by USA DVD
DreamWorks
Most media worldwide
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) United States:
June 29, 2005 (2005-06-29)
United Kingdom:
July 1, 2005 (2005-07-01)
Running time 117 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget US$132 million[1]
Gross revenue US$591,745,540[1]

War of the Worlds is a 2005 science fiction film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel of the same name, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp. It is one of three film adaptations of War of the Worlds released that year, alongside The Asylum's version and Pendragon Pictures' version. It stars Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a dock worker estranged from his wife and children and living separately from them. As his wife gives their children to him to take care of for a few days, Earth is invaded by aliens riding Tripod vehicles, and Ray tries to protect his children and go to Boston to rejoin his wife.

War of the Worlds marks Spielberg and Cruise's second collaboration, after the 2002 film Minority Report. The film was shot in 73 days, using five different sound stages as well as locations at Connecticut, New York, California, Virginia, and New Jersey. The film was surrounded by a secrecy campaign so few details would be leaked before its release. Tie-in promotions were made with several companies, including with Hitachi. The film released in United States on 29 June and in United Kingdom on 1 July. The film generally received positive reviews, and attained a 73 percent "fresh" rating on the film review agreggator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 240 reviews. War of the Worlds was also a box office success, and was 2005's fourth most successful film both domestically, with $234 million in North America, and worldwide, with $591 million overall. The film was given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA for Frightening Sequences of Sci-Fi Violence and Disturbing Images.

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Plot

Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dock worker residing in Bayonne, New Jersey. One day, his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops off their children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin), at his house as she is going to Boston to meet with her parents. While Ray sleeps, Robbie takes Ray's car out of the house without his permission. When Ray wakes up, he goes out to search for his son, and notices a strange wall cloud, which starts to send out electromagnetic pulses in the form of lighting in the nearby area, which disables all working electronic devices in the area, including cars. Ray then leaves to investigate, along the way telling Manny, the local mechanic, to replace the solenoid on a dead car. Ray and other numerous people are then attracted to a small hole in the ground caused by the lightning strikes. The ground then starts to rip open and a massive machine standing on three long legs appears. After emerging, the Tripod opens fire with its Heat-Ray and begins vaporizing bystanders and destroying everything in its path. Ray manages to escape and return to his house. Knowing it is no longer safe, Ray packs up his kids and leaves. He then manages to steal the vehicle Manny repaired, and along with Robbie and Rachel leave as the tripod destroys the town around them.

Ray drives to Mary Ann and her new husband's house to take refuge that night. The next morning he discovers that the electromagnetic lightning storms have caused a Boeing 747 to crash into the houses. Ray meets a small news team searching the wreckage, who show him footage of Tripods destroying other cities, and also that aliens apparently "rode" down the lightning into the ground where the Tripods were located. After hearing the siren of an approaching Tripod, the news crew leaves, and Ray, along with his children, flee to join with Mary in Boston. While driving along NY 385, they are forced to leave their car after a mob attacks them in order to take the vehicle, and survive a Tripod attack while navigating the Hudson River on a ferry.

The family then encounters the U.S. Military preparing to mount an attack on the Tripods. Robbie, obsessed with joining the fight against the hostile aliens, leaves with the army after Ray goes to stop a couple who was carrying Rachel away. While escaping from the tripods, Ray and Rachel are offered shelter and protection by a stranger, Harlan Ogilvy (Tim Robbins), who vows revenge on the aliens after his family was killed by Tripods. While hiding in Harlan's basement, they witness the Tripods spreading a strange red weed-like substance over the ground, and avoid detection by both a metallic snake-like probe and four aliens who arrive to explore the basement. The following morning, Harlan suffers a mental breakdown after witnessing a Tripod harvesting blood and tissue from a human to fertilize the weed. Concerned that Harlan's yelling and ranting will attract the Tripods, Ray kills Harlan to silence him. Ray and Rachel's hideout is exposed however when another probe catches them while they sleep. Ray cripples the probe using an axe, but Rachel is so scared she flees the house, eventually being caught by a Tripod.

While pursuing the Tripod, Ray finds several hand grenades in a destroyed Humvee and detonates one of them to attract the Tripod's attention. After being captured and put into a basket with Rachel and several other prisoners, the aliens try to pull Ray inside the Tripod, but the other prisoners manage to pull him out. The grenades left by Ray inside the Tripod's cabin then detonate, causing the Tripod to collapse and freeing the captives. Soon afterward, Ray and Rachel arrive in Boston, where they notice the red weeds are starting to dry up and die. They witness a Tripod acting strangely and Ray notices numerous birds are landing on it, indicating the Tripod's force fields are no longer functioning. Alerting nearby soldiers, they attack and destroy the Tripod, which crashes into a building. Approaching the downed Tripod, a hatch opens, revealing an alien 'pilot' who dies. Ray and Rachel reach Mary Ann's parent's house and find her and, to their surprise, Robbie. As the camera zooms back to overview the wrecked city, the narrator (Morgan Freeman) reveals that the aliens were dying because they were suffering from terrestrial diseases, which they contracted from consuming Earth's air and resources and for which they had no immunity.

Cast

Production

Development

After collabarating in 2002's Minority Report, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise were interested in working together again. Spielberg stated about Cruise, "He's such an intelligent, creative partner, and brings such great ideas to the set that we just spark each other. I love working with Tom Cruise."[2] Cruise met with Spielberg during the filming of Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002) and gave three options of films to create together, one of them being an adaptation of The War of the Worlds.[2] Spielberg chose The War of the Worlds and stated, "We looked at each other and the lights went on. As soon as I heard it, I said `Oh my God! War of the Worlds - absolutely.' That was it."[2]

The film is Spielberg's third on the subject of alien visitation, along with Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Producer and longtime collaborator Kathleen Kennedy notes that with War of the Worlds, Spielberg had the opportunity to explore the antithesis of the characters brought to life in E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. "When we first started developing E.T., it was a much edgier, darker story and it actually evolved into something that was more benign. I think that the edgier, darker story has always been somewhere inside him. Now, he's telling that story."[2] Spielberg stated that he just thought it would be fun to make a "really scary film with really scary aliens", something which he had never done before.[2][3] Spielberg was intent on telling a contemporary story, with Kennedy stating the story was created as a fantasy, but depicted in a hyper-realistic way.[2]

"For the first time in my life I'm making an alien picture where there is no love and no attempt at communication."
— Steven Spielberg[4]

Josh Friedman delivered a screenplay, which was then rewritten by David Koepp.[5][6] After re-reading the novel, Koepp decided to do the script following a single narrator, "a very limited point of view, from someone on the very periphery of events rather than someone involved in events", and created a list of elements he would not used due to being "cliché", such as the destruction of landmark buildings. Some aspects of the book were heavily adapted and condensed: Tim Robbins' character was an amalgalm of two characters in the book, with the name borrowed from a third. While changing of the setting from 19th century to present day, Koepp also tried to "take the modern world back to the 1800s", with the characters being devoid of electricity and modern techniques of communication.[7]

Spielberg accepted the script after finding it had several similarities to his personal life, including the divorce of his parents (Ray and Mary Ann's divorce), and because the plight of the fictional survivors reflects his own uncertainty after the devastation of the September 11 attacks.[3] For Spielberg, the characters' stories of survival needed to be the main focus, as they featured the American mindset of never giving up.[3] Spielberg described War of the Worlds as "a polar opposite" to Close Encounters, with that movie featuring a man leaving family to travel with aliens, while War of the Worlds focused on keeping the family together.[3]

Although accepting the script, Spielberg asked for several changes. Spielberg had been against the idea of the aliens arriving in spaceships, since every alien invasion movie used such a vehicle.[6] The original Martian cylinders were discarded, where Spielberg replaced the origins of the Tripods with stating they were buried in the underground of the Earth long time ago.[4][6] Koepp fitted in a really neat homage to the cylinders, and specifically, the unscrewing of the lid.[6]

Filming

Destroyed Boeing 747 used on the War of the Worlds set. Currently, the destroyed airliner is used as a memory in Universal Studios's back-lot-tour.

Filming locations were mainly inside the United States. The film shooting lasted an estimated 72 days.[8] Originally, Spielberg would shoot War of the Worlds after Munich, but Tom Cruise liked David Koepp's script so much that he suggested Spielberg to postpone that project, while he would do the same with Mission: Impossible III. Most of Munich's crew was brought in to work on War of the Worlds as well.[4] In 2004, the production crews quickly were set up on both coasts to prepare for the start date, scouting locations up and down the Eastern Seaboard and preparing stages and sets which would be used when the company returned to Los Angeles after the winter holiday. Pre-production took place in only three months, essentially half the amount of time normally allotted for a film of similar size and scope. Spielberg notes, however, "This wasn't a cram course for War of the Worlds. This was my longest schedule in about 12 years. We took our time."[2] Spielberg collaborated with crews at the beginning of pre-production with the use of previsualization, considering the tight schedule.[8]

The scene depicting the first appearance of the Tripods was filmed at Newark, New Jersey.[9] Later, Spielberg filmed several scenes at Virginia.[10] The continuous scene was filmed at California.[11]

The ferry scene was filmed at the New York town of Athens, and Mary Ann's parents house was located at Brooklyn (but was featured in the film at Boston).[2] For the scene involving a crashed Boeing 747, the production crew bought an out-of-use airplane, with transportation costs of $2 million,[12] broke it into pieces and built houses around them.[2] The destroyed plane was kept for the Universal Studios back-lot tour.[12] Ray's house was filmed at Bayonne (with a soundstage doubling the interior), New Jersey, meanwhile the valley war sequence was filmed at Lexington, Virginia and Mystery Mesa in California.[13][2] The film used six sound stages, spread over three studio lots.[2]

Design and visual effects

Industrial Light & Magic was the main special effects company for the movie.[14] While Spielberg had used computers to help visualize sequences in pre-production before, Spielberg said, "This is the first film I really tackled using the computer to animate all the storyboards."[2] He decided to employ the technique extensively after a visit to his friend George Lucas.[2][14] In order to keep the realism, the usage of computer-generated imagery shots and bluescreen was limited, with most of the digital effects being blended with miniature and live-action footage. The design of the Tripods was described by Spielberg as "graceful," with artist Doug Chiang replicating aquatic lifeforms. The visual effects crew tried to blend organic and mechanical elements in the Tripods depiction, and made extensive studies for the movements of the vehicle to be believable, considering the "contradiction" of having a large tank-like head being carried by thin and flexible legs.[15] Visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman considered depicting the scale of the Tripod as challenging, considering "Steven wanted to make sure that these creatures were 150 feet tall".[16] The aliens themselves had designs based on jellyfish, with movements inspired by red-eyed tree frogs.[15] Spielberg did not want any blood or gore during the Heat-Ray deaths; in the words of Helma, "this was going to be a horror movie for kids". So the effects crew came up with the vaporization of the bodies, and considering it could not be fully digital due to both the complexity of the effect and the schedule, live-action dust was used alongside the CGI ray assimilation and particles.[16]

During the scene where Ray's minivan is attacked by a mob, Janusz Kaminski and Spielberg wanted a lot of interactive lights, so they added different kinds of lights, including Coleman lamps, oil lanterns, flashlights and Maglights.[2] The IL&M crew admitted that the destruction of a New Jersey bridge was the toughest scene to be made with heavy usage mix of CGI effects and live action elements,[17] and a four-week deadline so the shot could be used in a Super Bowl trailer.[16] The scene originally had only a gas station exploding, but then Spielberg suggested blowing up the bridge as well.[16]The scene involved Tripods shooting a Heat-Ray towards the minivan and minivan escapes from it involved a lot of CGI layers to work out. Over 500 CGI effects were used in the film.[18]

Costume designer Joanna Johnston created 60 different versions of Ray's leather jacket, to illustrate the degrees to which he is weathered from the beginning of the journey to the end. "He begins with the jacket, a hoodie, and two t-shirts," explains Johnston. One piece of Dakota Fanning's costume that takes on a special importance is her lavender horse purse: "I wanted her to have something that made her feel safe, some little thing that she could sleep with and put over her face," Johnston notes. "That was the lavender horse purse. We tied it up on a ribbon and Dakota hung it on her body, so it was with her at all times." Johnston dressed Robbie for an unconscious emulation of his father, "They're more alike than they realize, with great tension on the surface," Johnston says.[2]

Music

Longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams composed the music score of War of the Worlds. He considered the score "a very serious piece," which had to combine "necessary frightening atmosphere" with "propulsively rhythmic drive for the action scenes."[19] A soundtrack album was released by Decca Records, that featured the film's music and Morgan Freeman's opening and closing narration.[20][21] The songs "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Hushabye Mountain" are also featured in the movie, the former sung by Tom Cruise, and the latter by Dakota Fanning.[22][23]

Themes

The film was described as an anti-war film, as civilians run and only try to save themselves and their family instead of fighting back the alien Tripods.[24] Debra J. Saunders of San Francisco Chronicle described the film as "If aliens invade, don't fight back. Run." Saunders compared the film to Independence Day, where the civilians do run, but they support the military efforts.[24] Many reviewers considered the film tried the recreate the atmosphere of the September 11 attacks, with bystanders struggling to survive and the usage of missing-persons displays.[25] Spielberg declared to Reader's Digest that beside the work being a fantasy, the threat represented was real: "They are a wake-up call to face our fears as we confront a force intent on destroying our way of life."[26] Screenwriter David Koepp stated that he tried not to put explicit references to September 11 or the Iraq War, but said that the inspiration for the scene where Robbie joins the army were teenagers fighting at the Gaza Strip - "when you’re that age you don’t fully consider the ramifications of what you’re doing and you’re very much caught up in the moment and passion, whether that’s a good idea or not."[7]

Release

War of the Worlds premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre on June 23, 2005. There Tom Cruise revealed his relationship with Katie Holmes.[27] Six days later, in June 29, the film was released in approximately 3,908 theaters across America.[1]

Secrecy

Spielberg kept most of the parts secret in the filmmaking, as the casts and crews were left confused about how the aliens look.[28] When asked about the secrecy of the screenplay, David Koepp answered, "[Spielberg] wouldn't give [the screenplay] to anybody". Koepp explained he would e-mail it to him, and he would give a section of the script that was relating to whatever somebody was doing.[28] Miranda Otto thought of not even discussing the story with her family and friends. Otto said, "I know some people who always say, 'Oh, everything's so secret.' I think it's good. In the old days people didn't get to know much about movies before they came out and nowadays there's just so much information. I think a bit of mystery is always really good. You don't want to blow all of your cards beforehand."[29]

Spielberg admitted that after keeping things secret for so long, there is in the end the temptation to reveal too much to the detriment of the story at the press conference of War of the Worlds. So, Spielberg only revealed the hill scene, where Ray tries to stop his son from leaving, stating "to say more would reveal too much."[30] British Board of Film Classification refused to reveal the identities of War of the Worlds censors, a controversial 12A rating, keeping habit of secrecy.[31] The secrecy caused The Daily Sun to claim the film would surpass Titanic's 200 million budget as the most expensive film ever.[32] The actual budget of the film was US$132 million,[1] currently fortieth most expensive film ever made.[33]

Marketing and home media releases

Paramount Pictures Interactive Marketing debuted a human survival online game on its official website, waroftheworlds.com, on April 14 to promote the film.[34] Hitachi collaborated with Paramount Pictures for a worldwide promotional campaign, under the title of “The Ultimate Visual Experience”. The agreement was announced by Kazuhiro Tachibana, general manager of Hitachi’s Consumer Business Group.[35] Kazuhiro stated, "Our ‘The Ultimate Visual Experience’ campaign is a perfect match between Spielberg and Cruise’s pursuit of the world’s best in film entertainment and Hitachi’s commitment to the highest picture quality through its digital consumer electronic products."[35]

The DVD was released on November 22, 2005, with both a single-disk edition and a two-disk special edition featured production featurettes, documentaries and trailers.[36] The film grossed $113,000,000 in DVD sales, bringing its total film gross to $704,745,540, ranking tenth place in the 2005 DVD sales chart.[37]

Although Paramount had the worldwide theatrical rights, the US DVD rights were with DreamWorks, while Paramount had international DVD rights. War of the Worlds was one of the last DreamWorks DVD releases to be distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, since Paramount would announce its acquisition of DreamWorks a mere few weeks after the DVD release (it was completed in February 2006, though DreamWorks would later become independent again). Because of the Paramount/DreamWorks merger, Paramount now has inherited the rights originally with DreamWorks, and future re-releases on any media will be distributed by Paramount (which had produced the 1953 version alone).

Reception

Box office

On June 29, 2005 (2005-06-29), the film grossed approximately US$21 million worldwide,[38] and earned the thirty-eight biggest opening week gross with grossing $98,826,764 in 3908 theatres, averaging $25,288 in each theater.[39] Meanwhile on the biggest opening weekend, War of the Worlds grossed $64,878,725 in 3908 theatres also, giving an average of $16,601,[40] ranking third-biggest film opening on Independence Day weekend.[41] The film earned $200 million in 24 days, ranking thirty-seventh place in the list of fastest films to gross $200 million.[42] The film has grossed an estimated $592 million worldwide,[1] making it the fourth highest grossing film of 2005, and the fifty-first highest grossing film worldwide.[43][44]

Reviews

The film received largely positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Metacritic gave it an average score of 73 out of 40 reviews.[45] On another website, Rotten Tomatoes, War of the Worlds currently garners an 73 percent "fresh" rating based on 240 reviews.[46] Among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs, the film's reception was more ambivalent with 68 percent out of 41 reviews.[47]

James Berardinelli praised the acting and considered that focusing the narrative on the struggle of one character made the film more effective, but described the ending as weak, even though Spielberg "does the best he can to make it cinematically dramatic".[48] Total Film's review gave War of the Worlds 4 out of 4 stars, considering that "Spielberg finds fresh juice in a tale already adapted for film, TV, stage, radio and record", and describing the film as having many "startling images", comparing the first Tripod attack to the Omaha Beach landing from Saving Private Ryan.[49]

Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan, who felt the special effects was unusual, stated Spielberg may actually have done his job in War of the Worlds "better than he realizes", showing how fragile the world is. Turan claimed Spielberg raised a most provocative question: "Is the ultimate fantasy an invasion from outer space, or is it the survival of the human race?"[50] However, Broomfield Enterprise's Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi did not share Berardinelli and Turan's opinion. They felt the Morgan Freeman's narration was unnecessary, and that the first half was "great" but the second half "became filled with clichés, riddled with holes, and tainted by Tim Robbins".[51]

Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune gave the film three and a half stars (out of four), saying "War of the Worlds definitely wins its battle, but not the war." Wilmington stated the film brought the viewers on a wild journey through two sides of Spielberg: the dark and the light. He also said the film contained a core sentiment similar to that of Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.[52] About.com's Rebecca Murray gave a positive review, stating, "Spielberg almost succeeds in creating the perfect alien movie", with criticism only for the ending.[53] Jonathan Rosenbaum of Chicago Reader praised the special effects and Cruise's performance.[54] Roger Ebert criticized the "retro design" and considered that despite the big budget, the alien invasion was "rudimentary" and "not very interesting", regarding the best scenes as Ray walking among the airliner wreckage and a train running in flames, declaring that "such scenes seem to come from a kind of reality different from that of the tripods."[55]

The French film magazine Cahiers du cinéma ranked the film as 8th place in its list of best films of the 2000s.[56]

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For other uses, see The War of the Worlds (disambiguation).

War of the Worlds is a 2005 science-fiction film starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, based on the eponymous novel by H. G. Wells.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Josh Friedman, David Koepp, based on the novel by H.G. Wells.
They're Already Here. taglines

Contents

Narrator

  • [first lines] No one would have believed, in the early years of the 21st century, that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes...and slowly, and surely, drew their plans against us.
  • [last lines] From the moment the invaders arrived, breathed our air, ate and drank, they were doomed. They were undone, destroyed, after all of man's weapons and devices had failed, by the tiniest creatures that God in his wisdom put upon this earth. By the toll of a billion deaths, man had earned his immunity, his right to survive among this planet's infinite organisms. And that right is ours against all challenges. For neither do men live nor die in vain.

Ray Ferrier

  • [to Robbie] Okay, hey, enough of the "Ray" shit, alright! It's Dad, Sir, or, if you want, Mr. Ferrier. It sounds a little weird to me, but you decide.
  • [to Robbie] You can hate me, but I love you!
  • Two for you, two for Robbie, two for me... One for the house.
  • [looking out at the teleporter's bolt of lightning] Where's the thunder...?
  • Robbie, you wanna head in that direction?! There's nothing living in that direction, Robbie!
  • We're gonna leave this house in 60 seconds.
  • Can you think of a plan that doesn't involve your 10-year-old sister joining the army?
  • Get in the car, Manny, or you're gonna die!

Rachel Ferrier

  • [as the family is chased by a tripod] Is it the terrorists?
  • [just before the tripods appear] The trees are moving...
  • [unseen] Are we still alive?
  • [crying, and softly hitting him] Robbie! What are you trying to do?! Where are you trying to go?! Who's going to take care of me if you leave?!
  • Is it them? Is it them?!

Harlan Ogilvy

  • This is not a war any more than there's a war between "Men and Maggots"... This is an extermination.
  • I'm dead set on living. [laughs, to himself] "Dead set on living".

Other

  • Reporter: Once the tripods start to move, no more news comes out of that area.
  • Marine Corps Captain: Our mission Lieutenant, is to delay their advance until those refugees get to safety! Now keep firing!
  • Marine Corps Officer: Guidons, Guidons, Black Six. Attack, attack, attack!
  • National Guard Lieutenant: Load the Gustavs, this is gonna be a tough kill!
  • Tim: (awkwardly) I'm.....uh.....I'm gonna wait outside.
  • Mary Ann: You're out of milk. And everything else.
  • Captured Army Private: Everybody get do-[explosion cuts him off]

Dialogue

[When they're hiding in the house of their mother]]
Rachel: I'm allergic to peanut butter.
Ray: Since when?
Rachel: Birth.

Reporter: Hey, were you on that plane?
[Ray shakes his head]
Reporter: Too bad. Would have made a great story.

Robbie: Is it the terrorists?
Ray: No... this came from someplace else.
Robbie: What, you mean like Europe?
Ray: (screaming) No, Robbie! Not like Europe!

Ray: Ketchup.. mustard.. Tabasco sauce.. vinaigrette.. This is good, Robbie, I told you to pack food. What the hell is this?
Robbie Ferrier: That's all that was in your kitchen.

Mary-Anne: Take care of our kids.
Ray: Mary-Anne, you've got nothing to worry about.

Rachel: If everything's okay, why do we have to sleep in the basement? We have perfectly good beds.
Ray: It's, like a slumber-party. [looks around] This is a nice basement...
Rachel: I wanna sleep in my bed. I got back problems.
Ray: Uh, well, you know how on the Weather Channel, when they say a tornado's coming and they tell you to go to the basement for safety? It's like that.
Rachel: There's gonna be tornadoes?
Ray: Okay, Rachel, no more talking.
[Robbie puts his cap on Rachel's head.]
Rachel: Could you be a little nicer to me, God?

Ray: [after a lightning flash] It's okay, you're fine.
Rachael: IT HIT RIGHT BEHIND OUR HOUSE!
Ray: Yeah..uh. It's not gonna hit there again, okay? Because lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place - [lightining begins striking the same place] HOLY SHIT!

Taglines

  • They're Already Here.
  • This Summer, The Last War On Earth Won't Be Started By Humans.

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