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Movie Review – Battle: Los Angeles

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I’m a big alien invasion movie buff, or any movie involving aliens for that matter, especially when the world’s forces go up against alien forces. There’s nothing better than watching an epic air battle between aircraft! Large budget Hollywood movies tend to have this area nicely covered as often the budgets required for such films are massive. Many have labelled 2011 as the ‘year of the alien movies’ with around a dozen or so alien themed films expected to hit the screens this year and I’m sure it’s all because of the massive sleeper hit, ‘District 9’, from about two years ago.  Often these trends can take a couple of years to go from an ‘under the radar’ hit to the large multitude of copy cat films. One of the films near the top of my list of these alien films to see was ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ as the trailer looked awesome! So with a couple of mates along for the ride we sat down to be entertained with some epic humans versus alien action.

“Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone.”

At the end of this movie I couldn’t tell if this actually was a film or a really expensive ad to join the marines! The rhetoric and general over the top portrayal of the marines was overpowering and even made a couple of scenes become unintentionally funny, which is never a good sign. Add in the fact that it felt like it was trying so hard to be ‘Black Hawk Down’, with almost identical scenes, dialogue and themes, it made the film seem like a really quickly pieced together bit of cinema, which is to be expected from ‘some’ of the alien films that must have been rushed into production after the massive success of ‘District 9’. I’m just sad to say that this film didn’t even come close to what I was expecting or hoping it would be and has made me a little wary about the upcoming alien films.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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