Lightning never strikes in the same place twice.
War of the Worlds seems, at first, like any other sci-fi action flick. However, despite the many cliches it employs, it quickly turns into something more than what it at first promises. The shift in tone, going from a predictable and somewhat goofy sci-fi extravaganza into a much darker setting, certainly helps in giving this movie its own flair.
Indeed, it was that tonal shift that really caught me off guard. This film, like many others like it, sets off by introducing us to a group of characters (in this case, a somewhat broken family) who we get to follow as they endure the trials and tribulations that the story…