War of the Worlds
This was a good flick. If you haven't seen it then you may not want to read on.
We have a REALLY disfunctional family here who undergoes a disaster and at the end comes out still disfunctional, but perhaps more connected.
I love the fact that the characters are far from perfect, no better than you or I. Tom plays a very fallen man, selfish to the core. His kids have been forced into an early adulthood by divorce.
When the invasion hits (and I love the way it happens) the tension, already starting to build thanks to some excellent interplay between Tom, Dakota, and Justin, doubles and keeps going up throughout the rest of the movie.
The aliens and their tech are excellent in design and are scary without a doubt. A sense of hopelessness pervades most of the film.
There are a number of references to 9/11 and the aftermath that are at times a bit heavy handed. There are some plot holes and some things left open ended. The ending pretty much sticks to the book/original movie and leads to a fairly quick ending. The ending is a little schmaltzy but all the ends aren't nicely tied up Hollywood-style.
The action is superb. There's quite a bit of violence (which leads me to wonder why this was PG-13). This isn't one that I would take the kids to see (unfortantely many of the parents that were at my show didn't mae that same choice), but overall I was quite happy and this film gets a solid 9/10.