Battle: Los Angeles Movie Reviews
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First of all, I'm glad I only paid $2.50 to see this movie. Second of all, was this suppose to be some sort of 'dark' comedy? Everything about this disaster movie was predictable and has been done many, many times before. You would've thought they could of at least had some interesting plot line. I say 'comedy' because I found myself laughing out loud when the aliens were getting blown away, run over by a Humvee, or torn apart in an effort to see what made them tick (how to best neutralize them) - too funny! I guess my laughter was catching on because more and more people were laughing as the movie progressed.
If you're looking for some no brianer 'playful' violence, pop some popcorn and enjoy a good laugh; but don't pay more than $1.00 at RedBox.
And here is finally the first big budget alien movie of the year. Each and every year Hollywood produces an alien movie and sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. I think it all started with Independence Day, which is a classic. Battle: Los Angeles was no where near the level of Independence Day, but I thought it was pretty good. Starring a pretty awesome cast including one of my favorite actors, Aaron Eckhart, this really made the movie a little better than it was. This is a typical big budget alien movie, big explosions and lots of computer animations. Both of those things were great so see on the big screen. If your city has the option of seeing it in IMAX, definitely do that!
Battle: Los Angeles was as good as one could expect from this movie. Battle: Los Angeles is the latest big-budget, aliens-attack film full of computer generated graphics and lots of green screens. I can’t really complain about those aspects of the the movie because I generally like these films. I know Battle: Los Angeles has gotten some bad reviews so I went into this movie thinking it was going to be bad. I was pleasantly surprised. The movie wasn’t amazing but it certainly wasn’t terrible. The graphics were the first thing I noticed. They were absolutely spectacular. The acting was decent with some pretty popular movie stars in it. The story could have been anything though. There was nothing special about it and they could have made anything up for an excuse to bring aliens to Los Angeles. I live in Los Angeles so it was also cool to see the director “destroy” my city.
From the trailer I couldn't tell if this movie was going to be another Independence Day (not great in my opinion) or more like District 9 (enjoyable and entertaining). I took the gamble and went with my wife tonight. This movie is a solid 4. Why? Actors are well cast, solid story line, lots of action. We were both entertained the whole way through. I think you'll be happily surprised...
So a squad of Marines must venture into war-torn Los Angeles to rescue a few civilians holed up in an abandoned police station before the entire grid is carpet bombed by the Air Force while the city and many others around the world are under siege by aliens. The story revolves around this mini rescue mission and their skirmishes with extra-terrestrials along the way. So I ask you: In the midst of an inter-planetary struggle for survival, would a rescue mission be attempted for three or four civilians cut-off behind enemy lines? Wouldn't thousands and thousands be cut off as well? Couldn't such a team expect to encounter hundreds of survivors in need of such a rescue along the way? I don't get it. This flawed plot mechanism used to give viewers the us vs. aliens battle scenes is so, well...flawed that it's downright distracting. Millions have been slaughtered and there is little hope of human survival, but let's investigate this distress signal from an abandoned police department before we bomb the heck out of the alien invaders who are on the verge of destroying the entire planet?! Uhh...okay, I'm getting a tad hung-up on how ridiculous that is. But the movie, in all fairness, has its entertaining moments and some pretty good special effects. There is no omniscient perspective for the audience, as we only know what happens strictly through the eyes of the Marines. The first person perspective turns and twists and finally ends like your standard X-Box video game, which is sure to be a draw for the kids (and 35 year old men still living in their folks' basement). And while most viewers don't know that most Sergeants in the Marines make E-5 in four or five years, military veterans do. And that the war hero protagonist in this story has his 20 year retirement papers submitted and is inexplicably a mere E-6 is, well...inexplicable. As a former Marine, I just don't get it. Does it matter? Probably not.
Ponder and pontificate all you want, bipeds; the rest of our forces are now well within this star system and, when they arrive, one of our first missions before we decimate your back-planet civilization is to wipe clean this naughty stain you call "Hollywood". All of these broadcasts travel farther than you may think, and they are quite **.:. *("offensive" is the word you'd use). Laughable is it's continual rendering of us and others(more than you can count on those silly little things you call fingers) as anything even remotely similar to you twigs. Dialogue that strives for droll, yet sinks to pedantic, fails to cover or even justify the invariable "special effects-laden action" scenes/human stand. Truth, there is no action or stand; there is only our arrival and your defeat. Do you really think that we could travel this far and yet be vulnerable to PROJECTILE weapons? We will show you the error of this hollywood and then we will show you your end. 1 star because I like popcorn.
I normally rate my movies on a scale of 1 to 4 coconuts and I normally give my rating at the end of my review. I’m changing that this time. I give BATTLE: LOS ANGELES four and a half coconuts.
The aliens simultaneously invade twenty coastal cities in seventeen nations. This film is the story of a Marine squad 25th Regiment, 5th Marines, stationed at Camp Pendleton, who get sent to Los Angeles. You the viewer see the movie from their perspective. There is no “God’s eye view” that you get in most movies. You only know what they know and they only know what they have been told or what they have seen.
Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) is a 20 year Marine who has done his tours. During his morning PT he realizes that he can’t keep up with this younger generation so he puts in his retirement papers. Later that day all leaves are canceled, everyone is recalled and all are put on alert.
NASA has discovered an inbound meteor shower. They can’t explain why they didn’t detect it until the last minute. They have four hours warning until impact. For inexplicable reasons, the meteors reroute in flight and only impact into the surf line of major cities. And just before impact, the meteors slow down. After splashdown, critters, really mean critters, come out of the water blasting everything in sight.
The Marines of the 25th (“RETREAT? HELL!”) are airlifted to Santa Monica airport. (The former Douglas Aircraft plant. My great-aunt was the executive secretary to Mr. Douglas.) They are informed that the city of Santa Monica is completely overrun by invaders. The humans that have survived have been evacuated and in three hours the USAF is going to carpet bomb the city. Word is that a small cluster of survivors have made it to a police station and need to be rescued before the area is destroyed. SSgt Nantz and his squad are tasked with the evac. “Kill everything that isn’t human.”
They Marines have to fight their way to the police station, they have to fight their way into the police station, they have to fight to hold it and they have to fight their way out of it. The aliens, who look like 10’ tall squid with weapons surgically attached to their appendages, don’t die easy. They seriously wound one but even “head shots” don’t kill it. They need to find something they can aim for in future engagements. The squad’s Navy Corpsman (Adetokumboh M’Cormack BLOOD DIAMOND) starts cutting the alien apart but he can’t recognize a vital organ. (One of the rescued civilians (Bridget Moynahan BLOOD BLUES) volunteers her expertise. She’s a veterinarian. MDs work on humans and human anatomy is all the same. Vets work on livestock, dogs, cats, birds, fish and rodents. They are trained to think outside the box.
By the way. It is pronounced CORE-MAN. Not CORPSE-MAN.
The clock is ticking and the Air Force bombers are coming. Their air evac has been shot down so they have to make their way back by foot or by c**shawed transport.
Michelle Rodriguez (MACHETE, LOST) plays an Air Force Tech Sergeant that they pick up as a stray.
The studio’s prop department did a superb job of outfitting the actors. The Marines are armed with M4s, their Squad Designated Marksmen have M16A4s and all their weapons are sprouting Trijicons. The AF and soldiers carry M4s with Aimpoints.
This film is in theaters now. Don’t wait to see it on DVD or Blue Ray. Go to a theater NOW and see it on the large screen.
The very final scene made me so damn proud of our Leathernecks. It reminded me very much of BLACKHAWK DOWN. If you haven’t served, you probably won’t get it.
Battle: Los Angeles from imdb.com
The film is inspired by the real life incident known as the Battle of Los Angeles, during World War II. On the night of 24-25 February 1942, unidentified aircraft were allegedly spotted in the airspace above Los Angeles. Suspecting it to be the Japanese, a blackout of the city was ordered and over 1,440 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition was fired. Upon finding no evidence of the existence of any enemy aircraft, the incident was declared to be a "false alarm". The event has since been chalked up to as being a result of "war nerves", likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining anti-aircraft batteries.
Very little of the film was actually shot in Los Angeles. Tax incentives brought the production to Louisiana where sets of Los Angeles streets were constructed. Hoodnote-the movie takes place in neighborhoods that I grew up in. I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t actually filmed there.
The movie will be released on 03/11/11. 0311 is the Marine Corps Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) for Infantry Riflemen.
Marines from Camp Pendleton helped train the actors for their roles, educating them in the Marine lifestyle. A number of actual marines also appear as extras in the film. To thank them, a sneak preview of the film was shown at Camp Pendleton on March 3rd, 2011.
This was an intense, emotional "war with aliens" movie. A little different than what I was expecting but still great entertainment.
Corny. Cliche. Had the look of a video game on screen. Mayby it was meant to be. The movie is at a fast pace and the special effects are good. I have trouble with movies that have contemporary humans battling "so called" advanced species that use weaponry that have the look of "human designed" alien weaponry. Larger, more complex machinery sure, but only marginally different than human conceived machinations. The alien attack plan was pure WWII nazi blitzkreig-which I'm sure was advanced for WWII but really a little too much work, and unbecoming of an "advanced species". This just seemed to be another story of humans being able to defeat paper mache aliens
that are supposed to have it all over us. But, for people who don't demand much, and enjoy watching marine automatons go "yes sir" and "booyah" all movie long-they may be able to stay awake.
im seeing this movie today it looks ok so im still gonna rate it