The Martians unchain a direct assault to our planet, with hundreds of invulnerable ships. The invasion takes place all over the world, and all the major cities are destroyed one after one–even the atomic bomb can’t stop them. But if the humans can’t beat them, who can? Maybe something MUCH smaller….
Though it’s dated in spots, The War of the Worlds retains an unnerving power, updating H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi tale to the Cold War era and featuring some of the best special effects of any 1950s film.
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Major accolades received by The War of the Worlds (1953)
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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