After Steven Spielberg expressed regret about the way he portrayed a father in the movie Close Encounters, I thought that he would do better in War Of The Worlds. But no, the Tom Cruise character turns out to be a worthless father who does not know or trust his kids, and cannot care for them. They don't seem to like or trust him either. In the end, he just delivers them to their mother, who has remarried another man.
I don't get it. The Cruise character is a much worse father than the Richard Dreyfus character in Close Encounters. Tom Cruise was so annoying that I walked out of the movie, and went to watch The Island instead.