War of the Worlds is a pretty good movie. A gripping story line, good action and some human drama as well. Tom Cruise turns in a decent performance as an overwhelmed man trying to save his kids from mayhem; no memorable one-liners or hard-to-believe acts of heroism from him (except for the scene where he saves his daughter and a basketful of human beings from the alien tripod; anyway, I am willing to overlook that one, all things considered).
Cruise's daughter is sickeningly cute, but provides comic relief with her high-pitched screaming and some great dialogue (cases in point: 'I've a back problem' and 'Are we still alive?').
Four stars out of five.