War of the Worlds - * * * 1/2 (DVD)
"War of the Worlds" is a scary movie. I saw this one for the first time in the Ruby Theater in Chelan, but for some reason it seemed much more frightening this time around. Part of it has to do with the special effects--everything looks so real. And part of it has to do with the story of a father trying to protect his family in the worst possible situation.
Say what you want about Tom Cruise, the guy delivers in this movie. An actor's job is to bring you into the story, to believe the story. I believed what he was going through. I believed that he'd screwed up his marriage and now his kids don't like him. And I felt bad for him after he took another person's life to protect his daughter.
As for Spielberg and his crew: They also deliver in a big way. But that's what everyone has come to expect from him.