War of the Worlds
Movie: War of the Worlds
I worried this would have the same ending as the book, which I hated, and it does. (Spoiler alert: I'm going to reveal the ending since that's essential to my comments). That ending -- that Earth bacteria/germs kill off the aliens -- could be made to work, but unfortunately, it's not. In fact, it's even stupider and more illogical in the film, since in the movie, the aliens have been planning their invasion for "millions of years" (how dumb is that). Wouldn't you think such a carefully planned invasion would sort of, like, check for diseases before invading? Wouldn't that be like Rule One of space exploration? Silly. Beyond that little flub up, however, the film's excellent. The character of Tom Cruise as a separated dad struggling to raise his rebellious kids part-time was good, and the action scenes and special effects were amazing. Unfortunately there isn't much intellectual depth here -- it's just a run-for-your-life sort of deal -- but it's well-done and interesting, which is more than one can say for most films.