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War of the Worlds, Robbie Ferrier (Justin Chatwin)

Site Rating: 5%
(ratings: 4)
Writeup Rating: 83%
(ratings: 6)
Film: War of the Worlds (2005)
Deceased Character: Robbie Ferrier (Justin Chatwin)
Archetype: Goody (Major)

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Written by Old Bluffer 24th Nov 2005

This teenage fool deserves his death so much. In the midst of a battlefield swarming with human militia and alien tripods, he throws a childish tantrum and runs towards the front line. His father drags him down, and points out they need to look after his 10 year old sister and there's nothing he can do anyway against indestructible 200' tall robotic killing machines. The obstinate youth is adamant though, yelling that he "has to see" and that it is something he "must do". Realising he has sired a waste of space deadbeat, his dad reluctantly lets him run off to get blown up and, sure enough, within moments a mighty explosion which must be some kind of tactical nuke takes out the whole area.

Presumably Spielberg must have received feedback from some pathetic Focus Group for Mothers though, as it was obviously too upsetting to have a young lad die because he stupidly ran into a warzone to "have a look". So we are treated to the age old cliche of having the little oik pop up at the end of the film, without so much as a scratch. The scriptwriters don't even bother to contrive an explanation for how he survived - they probably felt the uplifting ending was more than worth the sacrifice of logic and believability. Which is a shame, as if they'd done their surveys outside of bible belt America, we suspect they would have discovered that at least 95% of people considered it Darwinian Justice that the silly sod got blown up.

3 categories : Explosion, Pointless, Cheating Death

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This review has 24 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Pryor Stourd' (reply to this comment)
I definetly agree with old buffer that this little Dumbo should have been blown up. He knew he was going to die any way if he ran why? Why did he have to live?
Comment 2 by 'AARGH!' (reply to this comment)
I assumed that Robbie had saved the world by giving the aliens his horrible brain disease.
Comment 3 by 'you're all idiots' (reply to this comment)
uh... robbie ferrier doesnt even die. in the last scene it shows him coming out of the house his mother and grandparents sheltered in. he managed to survive... don't try to talk about a movie unless you can at least pretend to get your facts straight.
Comment 4 by 'The Doctor' (reply to this comment)
Did you not see the "Cheating Death" category?

Anyway, Robbie should have died. The moron ran towards a battle where people were dying left and right. Yet he survives at the end?

"Logic leaving the station on track #9. Logic leaving the station on track #9..."
Comment 5 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
If you noticed, the one category was, "Cheating Death" although I think "Explosion" should have gone along with this, I did think he was blown up until he showed up at the end.
Comment 6 by 'old bluffer' (reply to this comment)
"Explosion" and "Pointless" categories added.
Also, I apologise to the person who embarrassed themself by posting "robbie doesn't even die". You are obviously an utter cretin but I should have mocked you in a more timely fashion, sorry.
Comment 7 by 'Sam' (reply to this comment)
> I assumed that Robbie had saved the world by
> giving the aliens his horrible brain disease.

Comment 8 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
This is quite possibly the funniest review on this site, and it isn't even a death!
Comment 9 by 'HAHAlosers' (reply to this comment)
Uhm. All you people that think Robbie should have died.
HAHA. you make me laugh. Get a life, please, and then
maybe you can give your opinions on things that matter.
Comment 10 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Mr. Losers,

Why the hostility? We just wanted Robbie to die! sad smiley
Comment 11 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Mr Briggs,

If I were to speculate, i would say the hostility is a combination of factors, usually to do with a lack of power/influence in reality, and so they overcompensate with an alter ego on the internet. Why they would think their opinion is worth anything is a mystery to me, but there you go - if they gets a nibble of a response, i suppose that makes them feel a bit more popular than they really are.

We really need to add a "troll thread" where we can move these posts for posterity....
Comment 12 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
With regards to Robbie, I guess on some level I could understand his rage, and his desire to fight the aliens. But I severely disliked the way he and Rachel treated Ray, who was only trying to be friendly towards them and protect them.
Comment 13 by 'kls' (reply to this comment)
Comment 14 by 'tigercub7134' (reply to this comment)
and that is why it says halfway through the write up

"So we are treated to the age old cliche of having the little oik pop up at the end of the film, without so much as a scratch."

You're accusing people of not watching the whole movie before commenting on it, yet it is obvious that you are commenting on this death writeup without reading the whole page.
Comment 15 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
- Learn to turn the Caps Lock Off
- Learn to think of a better insult than "gay asses", because it makes you look like an idiot.
- Learn to read articles more carefully than just scanning through them.

Maybe you can think about those when your post is deleted.
Comment 16 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Why do you guys bother with people like that? Anyone who uses "gay asses" as an insult is nigh-impossible to reason with.
Comment 17 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Because we like to prove we can.
Comment 18 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Correction, we like to think we can. winking smiley
Comment 19 by 'Sunrea' (reply to this comment)
I thought it was ridiculous that Robbie didn't die. He was right in the middle of an explosion! Positively ridiculous.

However, if I was to look at it from the perspective of a girl who doesn't care about logic or storyline, I would say it's brilliant that they brought him back. Now they can do a sequel with the ever attractive Justin Chatwin.

>> But, unfortunately, I'm not ignorant enough to look at it in that light. He should've died. The entire world knows it. Alas, a good plot was ruined (at least for me) once again by a cheesy ending involving somebody who obviously cheated death.

Comment 20 by 'Matt h' (reply to this comment)
You guys are srsly complaining about a movie
That involves aliens coming out of the ground has no logic?
Comment 21 by 'NowDatsOldStyle' (reply to this comment)
My biggest gripe with this portion of the movie is that NO ONE saw what was on the other side. This movie was so epic in scope and Spielberg shows the better part of the US Army of New England going over 'the other side' and shows us NOTHING! Even if it was a human spanking, I wanna see that formation of helicopters futilely launch their hellfire missiles, I wanna see those tanks blast the living crap out of force fields, I wanna see infantry-extras think they're going to take down apartment complex sized machines with their M-4's before getting zapped. Nope, sorry, not today. Steven, baby, I love you, but c'mon. That and the Crystal Skull have given me action movie blue-balls worse than what motion pictures did for the AvP franchise.
Comment 22 by 'sandra' (reply to this comment)
hey stupid Robbie doesn't die dah i did not want him 2 die you are just misrebal cause he is hotter than the hinges of hell he is not a little dumbo or retard stop sayin crap about him and im sure if you really watched the movie you would see he did not die you retard
Comment 23 by 'I almost agree...' (reply to this comment)
Yes yes yes to everything...except for the part about how the focus group was from the bible belt. Come on the south isnt all hicks and shit anymore. I am from Texas, I am an athiest, I don't drive a tractor, inbreed, or chew tobacco. Also, I really normally just laugh at remarks like that but honestly what place does this remark have to do with a suicidal kid from Jersey. Just felt like someone should throw that out there.
Comment 24 by 'King Nathi' (reply to this comment)
You all are nerds talking bout some movie don't yoll got girlfriends, talking in some sushi english.please....