Corrected entry: Ray's family is headed north, along the west bank of the Hudson River, attempting to cross and get to Boston, but, in every scene by the river, they are travelling in the same direction as the current, which would put them on the east bank, headed south.
Corrected entry: The fact that alien weapons and vehicles were planted thousands or millions of years ago and no one detected any of them, even in the middle of cities, is quite a stretch but I'll accept it. What I can't accept is that these vehicles and weapons are literally eons of years old that they are using. That doesn't make any sense. We wouldn't go to war with equipment that is only 70-100 years old. why would they use equipment against us that is thousands or millions of years old? You mean they haven't improved on anything?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ray is taken by the alien Tripod, at the part where he is taken into the Tripod interior, it is shown that he pulled the pins of a few hand grenades while he was inside. The hand grenades shown in the movie are M67 grenades, the standard US hand grenade, which has a 4 second delayed fuse. In the scene, it takes about 20 seconds from him originally getting taken in to the part where the grenades actually detonate. If it was realistic, it would have detonated earlier, before he was pulled out.
Corrected entry: As they main characters walk to the ferry, there is a blood donation lady explaining that they are full for certain types of blood. Why are they taking blood donations? The aliens vaporise every part of the human body. The only reason they would need blood is if limbs were torn off (And people shooting people would not be the cause to ask the Red Cross to call for a national blood drive during an alien attack).
Corrected entry: In the final scene where the military begins to fire Javelin anti-tank missiles at the tripods, the missile flies a straight path. But; a Javelin is a "top attack" missile, meaning it goes vertical and comes down at a steep angle to hit a tank in the weakest part of the armor, so they would do the same thing to the tripods instead of a straight flightpath.
Corrected entry: The same silver Mazda station wagon appears in numerous locations in the background during the attack on Ray's neighborhood. Though it is possible that that car in that color is very popular there, it is obvious the film-makers used the same car.
Corrected entry: After Ray says to Robbie that the next time he takes the car without permission he will call the cops, he says "Robbie" and slaps his hands together. As he is doing the clapping a car is driving by, but the cars are all supposed to be down so no one should be driving.
Corrected entry: When Tom Cruise exits his ex-wife's house where the plane has crashed, you see one of the rotors turning slowly. The plane crashed late the night before, that rotor would surely have stopped turning by now. It didn't look like it was that windy outside and even if it was; it would take a big gust of wind to keep it turning.
Corrected entry: As to the initial EM pulse, it is unlikely that changing the solenoid on the van would have helped, as the one he has to change it with was in proximity to the van when the EM pulse disabled them. Unless he keeps spare solenoids in a shielded box then it is likely that all solenoids would have been equally affected, regardless of whether or not it was installed or not.
Corrected entry: As the three drive away from the bathroom stop, after encountering the Army for the first time, we can hear the sound of the EAS (emergency alert system) on the radio, then the announcer stating "This was only a test if this had been an actual emergency." If ever there was a time for the EAS to be activated for real, this would be it.
Corrected entry: When Ray comes upon the news cameraman scouring the wreckage of the crashed airliner, the cameraman does not hear Ray's questions. The female reporter explains that he's deaf from a shell that exploded near him, and demonstrates this by yelling at him only inches from his head. A couple of shots later, a tripod is heard trumpeting off in the distance (and is certainly less loud than the shouting demonstration) "Hear that? We gotta go," exclaims the deaf cameraman.
Corrected entry: At the very end, when Tom's son appears and they hug, there is no explanation whatsoever as to how he survived the explosion that engulfed him earlier. When he runs over the hill all we see is fire rising into the sky, incinerating anything that was near. It is impossible for any normal person to have survived a blast of that magnitude.
Corrected entry: When Ray arrives at his home to meet his ex and kids after he gets off work, his ex-wife is wearing a short green blouse with a long black skirt. When she's in the bedroom speaking to Ray and Robbie regarding his paper, she's wearing a long dress, then in the next shot walking down the stairs, it is a short blouse again.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the aliens first arrive, all the electrical services, phones, mobile phones, cars, etc. cease to function, but when the aliens start moving and attacking, we see a woman taking photographs with a digital camera and a man using a video camera.
Corrected entry: In one scene after their car has been taken, the three bunch together and Robbie has a bloody nose. You see him in the next shot and his nose is clear, in fact his whole face is clean.
Corrected entry: When Ray Ferrier walks to the area where the lightning struck 26 times in one place, he walks past a number of cars which are between him and the camera. In the window of the last one he walks past, you can see a cameraman looking into the lens of the camera filming the shot.KingofallSamurai
Corrected entry: When Tom Cruise and his kids are in the basement of the ex-wife's house, there is this drawn out dramatic scene where Tom Cruise races to slam the door of a little closet they hide in as flames fill the room when a plane crashes on the house. When they enter, the door opens inward, toward the closet. The next morning when they emerge, the door opens in the opposite direction. Since doors that 'slam' close are not swinging doors, it is impossible to open the door in the other direction.
Corrected entry: Most of the way through the movie Robbie is wearing sneakers. After the ferry disaster scene when they are all walking through a field towards the battle he still has sneakers on, but when he runs off up the hill and Ray goes after him and struggles with him on the ground you see Robbie stand up and he is wearing what seems to be heavy duty military boots.
Corrected entry: Tom Cruise is able to drive the mini-van because he told the mechanic to try changing the solenoids. The military vehicles all work, indicating that they knew how to get vehicles moving again, yet the military does not tell the mobs of people how to repair the cars and Tom Cruise does not take the time to replace a solenoid in one of the thousands of disabled cars, instead choosing to walk from the Hudson River to Boston, about 200 miles.
Corrected entry: When Ray and the kids hide in the smaller room in the basement, he shuts the door and everything goes black. But in the larger part, he had the lights on, so the lights from the bigger section of the basement should have shone through in that slit under the door. However, there was no light.
Corrected entry: Once the big aeroplane has come down the following morning one of the engine's rotorblades can be seen moving. The amount of burning debris on it varies from shot to shot.
Corrected entry: The mechanic asks Ray how he should repair the van disabled by the EMP since the starter he already replaced didn't work. Ray responds by suggesting he replace the solenoid (which we later find solves the problem). Unfortunately, Mopar vans (Dodge, Chrysler) use starters with solenoids already attached. He would have already replaced the solenoid when he replaced the starter.
Corrected entry: In the scene when they are hiding out at Ray's ex-wife's house, Ray throws a piece of bread with peanut butter on one side at the window, and it sticks peanut butter side against the glass. In the next shot, it is a sandwich with the peanut butter between slices of bread.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the soldiers gather around the downed tripod walker, one of the soldiers with a M242 (machine gun) has a green box of ammunition attached to it. Green boxes are for blank ammunition, black for live.
Corrected entry: If the aliens planned on taking over the Earth and planting vines to colonize the planet then they would have done some testing to ensure the planet was hospitable. It makes no sense that they would expend such effort to take over a planet without testing for or protecting themselves against deadly bacteria or viruses. Can you imagine a movie where humans simply land on an alien planet without testing the air and environment then proceed to run around naked?
Corrected entry: In the scene, where the tripod rises from the ground after the EMP pulse has been triggered, the camera follows a young man filming the tripod with a digital video camera although the camera should be out of commission after the EMP.
Corrected entry: IF the aliens wanted our planet so bad for so long, why didn't they just take it when they planted the stupid tripods? Why wait a million years and then systematically kill us in the most inefficient way possible? For that matter, wouldn't the germs have killed them when they first came to bury the stupid things?
Corrected entry: It's accepted as canon that when the tripods first were buried, it was before humans had evolved. In that case, why are the Martians focusing solely on destroying humankind? They wouldn't even necessarily know that humans are intelligent since they are so self-assured and yet there are no instances of other animals being vaporized, investigated, loaded into tripods, etc. If the Martians were planning this before we were anything more than bipedal monkeys, what makes us so special?
Corrected entry: After finding out about the effects of EMP Tom Cruise looks at his watch and it is disabled. You could see in the shot that he wears an Omega watch. This watch happens to be a vintage Omega Seamaster Deville Chronograph which is a mechanical watch that contains absolutely no electronics. The watch would have been completely unaffected by the EMP.
Corrected entry: When Ray and Rachel are looking at the thunderstorm, the thunder is always at the same time as the lightning. However, the lightning doesn't strike right behind their house, but roughly a mile away in the distance. From their point of view, there should be at least 3-4 seconds between those two things.
Corrected entry: After Ray is captured by the tripod and put into one of the baskets and the first man is taken the camera zooms out as the tripod walks away. If you look at the other basket where another tentacle is picking a victim to process for blood you can see that it isn't holding anyone at first. Then a body suddenly materializes almost out of thin air like it was added in afterwards to the SFX.
Corrected entry: Shortly after the ferry leaves, the captain looks out his window to see a tripod underwater. It bursts out of the water. This tripod would malfunction and die right away, as at the end of the movie we find out that the tripods are dying because of small organisms in the water.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the ferry gets tipped by the tripods, you see a car starting to slide sideways into the side barrier as the angle of the ferry tipping increases. You see it stop suddenly before hitting anything to stop it.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Tom Cruise returns home after being chased down the street by tripods, he suddenly rushes to the bathroom, after realising he is covered in dust, which he promptly washes off. A few scenes later, he is escaping his house with his kids and there is not a streak or drop of dust on him. His jacket is surprisingly clean considering the rush he was in, he wouldn't have had the time to clean it that well.
Corrected entry: When Ray meets the people in the news van, the van says "CBS 2" on the side. But the woman says they're from the Pine Barrens, i.e. Southern New Jersey. The regional station there is CBS 3.
Corrected entry: When Ray is arguing with his son as the military column rumbles by you can see over the son's shoulder that there are no further military vehicles approaching. The shot changes to Ray's daughter running to the son and the military vehicles are passing by again.
Corrected entry: When the lightning storm begins, it is made very clear that an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) has disabled all electronic equipment, including Tom Cruise's watch. However, when the aliens begin disintegrating people, one man is seen holding up a video camera recording the events before being disintegrated himself. An EMP effectively destroys electronic equipment, causing circuit breakers in the device to overload, making such an "instantaneous" repair impossible. In fact the effects of the EMP are never even referred to again throughout the rest of the movie, with people using lights, televisions, phones, cameras and radios as if nothing happened to them. Can't be due to things being turned off - every car we see (except Tom's) is broken, and they can't all have been running during the storm.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Tom and his kids get on the ferry, it changes from heavily raining to snowing and back again throughout the shots.
Corrected entry: In the scene where everybody is trying to get onto the ferry, there are a bunch of cars on it. Since they are obviously functional (we can see the headlights on when they fall into the water) how did they get through the angry mob if Cruise didn't make it past the 2km mark?
Corrected entry: When Tom and Dakota are sleeping in Tim Robbins' ruin, an eye-alien watches them. Rachel wakes and gets out from under the stairs screaming. Ray destroys the eye and straight away he goes out to search for Rachel. Where is the destroyed eye? We suppose we should see a huge tripod with a hundred eyes and one destroyed.
Corrected entry: The 'aliens' buried their vast army of complex machines thousands of years ago in many different locations throughout the planet. With all the mining and tunnelling we've done, and all the seismic and geological activity that has gone on, and all the scientific investigation of the Earth's crust by oil and mining companies (amongst others), not one was ever found?
Corrected entry: EMP bursts only affect things within a limited range. Yet when Ray drives down the highway we see cars all the way down the road crippled for miles. This could have only happened if an EMP burst had struck at regular intervals down the road to affect cars for such a distance.
Corrected entry: When the storm makes all the cars stop Ray tells the mechanic to change the solenoid. Ok, then where did he get one that worked? If the one in the car was zapped all of them would be. He did not have to go get one it was less than 15 minutes between the conversation and them getting the van to crank barely long enough to change it much less walk miles out of the blast zone and get a new one.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Tom Cruise is driving in the minivan out of the city, We see all the disabled vehicles out the windows. Within them we see a coach bus and a large truck. They filmed this scene on Richmond Parkway. Richmond Parkway does not allow any Commercial or truck traffic at all.
Corrected entry: While being sucked into the interior of one of the tripods, with a soldier hanging onto one of his hands, Tom Cruise (off camera except for the hand held by the soldier) somehow uses the other hand to pull the pins of two grenades, leave the grenades within the tripod, and retain the pins in his same hand.
Corrected entry: During the beginning when the kids are being dropped at Ray's, they say he was a half an hour late and it is now 8:30, but when Ray and the kids go inside shortly after, there is a brief shot where behind Ray's head you can see a clock displaying the time 5:00. Note: The clock is not digital).
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ray and the kids arrive at the mom's house, Ray decides to make sandwiches. He gets the bread and dumps the package out, which is about half a package. If you look, you will notice that the piece where one side is all crust, is missing. There is one of those on each side of a loaf of bread.
Corrected entry: Why do advanced, space faring aliens seem to have no knowledge of basic microbiology. Wouldn't they have tested the Earth to see if there was anything dangerous to them before invading? At the very least why wouldn't they wear contamination suits? Its a little much to see an Alien drinking water out of a broken pipe in the basement. We don't even drink water from unknown sources when we go camping because we understand such risks.
Corrected entry: When the aliens begin disintegrating people, they destroy everything with the beam, including cars, wood houses, etc. Why do the clothes remain intact after people's disintegration?
Corrected entry: The wife's father (Ray's Father in Law), as seen in the final scene, is the same actor who played the hero in the original War of the Worlds film.
Corrected entry: During the movie, the aliens were seen with invisible shields around them that protected them from gun fire/bombs etc yet the long search/observation probe which comes into the basement is relatively easily broken simply by hitting it with an axe.
Corrected entry: After Ray gets the gun from under his bed, we are shown a close-up of Ray putting the gun in the back of his pants and untucking his shirts to hide the gun under them. Later on, when Robbie, and Rachel have arrived at their mom's house with Ray and are about to sleep in the basement, Ray pulls out his gun to put it behind the pillow. However, both his shirts are tucked in, and the gun is in front.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Cruise and the neighbours run into their back gardens to watch the storm, Cruise comments that it is unusual that the wind is blowing towards the storm. The eye of the storm is an area of low pressure, which means that the wind would naturally blow towards it, in order to equalise the atmospheric pressure.
Corrected entry: Near the beginning, it's revealed that all electronic equipment within about a mile of the lightning storms stop working. Yet a camera crew was able to film lightning striking the ground multiple times during such a storm.
Corrected entry: The aliens buried their machines some thousands of years ago. Precisely when isn't clear but well before human civilization got going. Yet they just so happened to bury them in and around major cities that would be built many thousands of years later. And by complete chance they put one right under the middle of an intersection in New York. The speed of the attack makes clear that these things didn't emerge randomly in the countryside, forest or jungle. They were marching through major cities from the word go.
Corrected entry: When the family arrives at a small town where they catch the ferry, there are loads of missing persons notices. However, the fact that electrical equipment works in that town suggests the aliens had not reached that part yet. As such, nobody in the town would have gone missing and placing a missing person notice in a town where the person hasn't gone missing is completely useless.
Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the film Robbie is lying down listening to his ipod when his mother is trying to speak to him. Loud music can be heard and this stops when she pulls out the earphone plug. Having had her say, she plugs the headphones in and the music immediately resumes. Anyone who has an ipod will know that the music stops playing when you pull the plug out - and does not immediately restart until you press play.
Corrected entry: When Ray throws the peanut buttered bread at the window it sticks peanut butter facing outside. When the camera angle changes to outside the window we see the bread side instead of the peanut butter side as if it were stuck on the outside of the window.
Corrected entry: The aliens are definitely from a much more highly advanced civilization from ours and it's implied that they've been studying us for a vast amount of time. Yet, they don't have a clue that there are probably diseases or organisms that they aren't used to and could kill them?
Corrected entry: A plane crashes, disaster is all over, but where are the bodies of all the passengers? They are nowhere to be found.
Corrected entry: Tom Cruise and family emerge from the basement where they have holed themselves up through the night of the initial tripod attacks. A jet has crashed. Destruction is everywhere, yet the van they've been driving has been unscathed, sitting where they left it, among the ruins of the house, the jet, and everything else around it.
Corrected entry: When the train goes speeding by with its interior ablaze, how is this possible? The aliens use one beam to kill living creatures and another to destroy structures and vehicles. Even if the aliens use their human killing beam instead of the more powerful beam, there is no way that the train could still stay on the track at that speed.Tobin OReilly
Corrected entry: Viruses and other infectious and lethal microorganisms have existed for millions of years in this planet. However, the aliens weren't killed by them when they hid their machines on this earth in the past.