Continuity mistake: When the ferry casts off in the wideshot, there are only six people hanging off the outer edge of the ramp as it's being raised. When Robbie and another gentleman help these people over, in the close-up one of them wears tan pants, a long blue coat and knit hat, but this person was not amongst the six in the previous shot. (01:01:55)
Rachel (Dakota Fanning)) and Ray (Tom Cruise) get found by a tripod in the basement. They both get captured by it and are held in a metal holding pen with many other survivours. They soon discover that the tripod is intending on devouring them. It tries to take Ray but he gets pulled out by the others and he spits out two pins of the grenades he found earlier. The grenades destroy the tripod from the inside and the remaining survivors escape to Boston to discover that the tripods are dying for unknown reasons. They encounter one last tripod but the army blows it up because it no longer has a force field. Finally Rachel and Ray make it to where Rachel's mother is staying and they find that no one is hurt and by some miraculous event Robbie is there. In the closing scene we are told that the aliens were doomed from the beginning because they weren't immune to Earth's micro organisms; humans earned the right to live on Earth because many died before we were immunized.
Hazax of Rodmore
Trivia: When a group of aliens are exploring in the cellar, one of them spins the wheel of an overturned bicycle, and all are startled when the bicycle falls, making for a moment of comic relief. There's more to it, though. The H.G.Wells book mentions that the aliens probably had no concept of the wheel, as not a single rotating part was found inside the captured tripods. So an upside-down bicycle must have puzzled them a great deal.
Question: Several other answers and corrections state that the reddish liquid sprayed by the tripods was what essentially grew the red vines. However I thought I heard someone in the film say something along the lines of "using us (i.e. blood) as fertiliser". Can someone please clarify?
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