INNOVATION The virtual studio. Director Kerry Conran built no sets or models for his robots-attack-Manhattan movie; the actors shot in front of green screens, and Conran and his design team added everything else later.
MEMORABLE SCENE Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) watches a fleet of warplanes go by.
POSITIVE/NEGATIVE IMPACT It's official: Any geek with a laptop (and, um, $60 million) can make his or her own period sci-fi action adventure.
EW GRADE A-