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WAR OF THE WORLDS

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WAR OF THE WORLDS

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 116m 21s

Release date 01/07/2005

BBFCInsight Contains sustained menace, threat and moderate horror

Director(s) Steven Spielberg

Cast includes Tom Cruise, Justin Chatwin, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, David Alan Basche

Cut This work was passed uncut.

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WAR OF THE WORLDS is a sci-fi thriller about an alien invasion of Earth seen from the perspective of a divorced father and his two young children.

Threat

There are frequent scenes of sustained moderate threat in which characters flee from large alien machines which destroy buildings and vehicles, and fire a heat ray which turns victims into dust upon contact. Other scenes of threat include the protagonist and his daughter hiding in a basement as aliens search the room, some gun threat as humans fight over a car, and a frantic escape from a boat as it is attacked by the aliens, throwing people and cars into the water.

Disturbing images

Scenes include people being vaporised by an alien heat ray, human bodies floating in a river, sight of a crashed plane which has destroyed various buildings, and the implied draining of blood from humans by the alien machines. In one scene, it is implied the protagonist has murdered a crazed man in order to protect his daughter.

There is occasional use of mild bad language, including 'shit', 'asshole', and 'dick'.

Details

Title
WAR OF THE WORLDS
Year
2005
Distributor(s)
U.I.P. (UK)
Classified date(s)
13/06/2005
Main language
English
Submitted run time
116m 21s
Approved footage
10471+8
BBFC reference
AFF205597
Registration number
CFJ11543

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