War of the Worlds ★★★

Unfortunately Spielberg brings nothing to the table, offering no new insight or perspective on the material. The special effects and battle sequences are amazing, but the storytelling is weak and does a poor job at capturing the impact and tragedy of this epic tale of survival. The characters are also poorly written, and are rather unsympathetic. Dakota Fanning manages to deliver a strong performance, while Tom Cruise is serviceable. Though the action and special effects are impressive, Spielberg's War of the Worlds is a superficial film with no depth or meaning.