At the beginning, we are introduced to all of the "important" characters fighting the aliens even accompanied with text at the bottom. They have no personalities except those war soldier clichés and have nothing interesting to say. Five to ten minutes it's like BOOM I forgot who the characters are already. Then meteors are falling in major cities each having aliens attacking us. The anchors think it's for our water but that's about it. The main role is played by Aaron Eckart and even he is not interesting. It's sad when the viewer does not care about ANYTHING in the film: the story, the characters, not even the action.
About the action scenes: they are atrocious. They thought it would be a good idea to make them look as chaotic as possible as if we were in their shoes. This means very jittery cinematography, grimy filters, and poorly spliced together shots thus making us confused. The jittery camera was acceptable in Cloverfield because that film looked and felt realistic. Here, there's a set plot line to follow involving aliens coming and attacking and the soldiers attacking them back. All of the action here not only makes us confused and not care, but it can make some of us very sick as in motion sickness.
There's also a couple points that make you go what the f###?! They capture an alien to find its weak point which happens to be a heart inside its chest. They pretty much figured out the only way to kill the aliens is by...just shooting them in the chest. There was also a ship which rose from the ground in a street. How did it burrow itself without disturbing anything else. But you know what, we should care, there's barely any plot and like I said, nothing to care about in this poor excuse for a science fiction film.
I hope this film gets nominated for worst picture in next year's Golden Raspberry awards if not win it. This is by far the worst film of 2011 so far. There was no point in making except to make money and amuse the dumb citizens of America who only care about senseless action.