I thought it was WAY cool, especially the effects. Man it was creepy and realistic.
What did Tom Cruise yell to the soldiers at the end? Something about birds? Was it West Nile Virus or some kind of avian flu that killed the aliens? I bet it was and Spielberg had to reshoot the scene to cover it up, and then tacking on a Morgan Freeman voiceover at the beginning and end to explain the alien deaths.
Now for some iron-clad deductive logic:
First, why would Spielberg specifically kill the aliens with bird flu? Answer: to evoke a paranoia effect on the public just like the original War of the Worlds did in the 30s (or whenever that was). Follow the logic: certainly we are all cognizant of the public news' penchant for unnecessarily scaring the listeners for stories about killer diseases for ratings. Spielberg and co. would naturally expect the sensationalistic news to sieze the killer avian flu story (that has indeed been reported on before) and run with it during the release of such a large profile movie and voila! Public paranoia! You just KNOW that tactic was on the drawing table when they redid the movie, i.e. how could we replicate the public paranoia the original did? I got it-avian flu scare!
Second why cover it up with a re-edit to where Cruise's words are drowned out and to add the Morgan Freeman voiceover? They punked out! It's irresponsible to deliberately evoke public paranoia. Furthermore, the computer graphics intro and outro were added after the re-edit to accompany Morgan Freeman's voicover. I mean, didn't the voicover seem unnecessary, like it was clumsily tacked on? Zingo!
That's called lateral thinking people and I am ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!!!
More conspiracy to come...