Personally, I think that War of the Worlds was a spectacular movie for teens and slightly more mature audiences. I wouldn't recommend this movie to children at least under 13-14 for these few reasons. Firstly, there are many deaths in intense sci-fi action scenes by strange alien technology. These scenes include large "heat rays" that disintegrate mass amounts of people into dust. Another "weapon" used are several tentacle-like arms protruding from large "tripod" machines. These "tentacles were used to harvest human bodies, and put them in large circular cages.(I will return to this topic later in the article). The tripods were planted in the ground millions of years ago in the movie, and dug their way up to begin the invasion. They stand at about 300 feet, and move in a strange insect-like pattern, always either killing, or harvesting humans. Back to the promised topic of human harvesting. There are about two graphic/scary scenes of this, the first showing a tentacle holding a man down, then inserting a needle into his back, and harvesting his blood and tissue (Note, there was a car shielding
the viewer from the direct area of the inserted needle). The second scene involves about two dozen people trapped in external cages on a tripod beginning to go into mental insanity which may frighten younger audiences. The scene also shows humans being grabbed by tentacles, and sucked up into the tripod to be consumed.
Other miscellaneous scenes include a young girl in an elderly mans'
basement. The man, who has gone mad since the apocalypse, explains that he will take care of her if something happens to her father, Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise in a later scene murders the man after he has gone mentally unstable to to the witnessing of the harvesting of blood and tissue of the man earlier in the article the harvested mans' blood is sprayed onto the palms and face of the elder. There is also a scene of Tom Cruises daughter witnessing countless bodies floating down a river, and dead animal carcasses. The movie does include scenes of characters appearing to have died, but really surviving which may confuse younger audiences.