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Battle Los Angeles (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  11 March 2011 (USA)
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A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion.



(as Chris Bertolini)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
Hector Rincon
Joe Rincon


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. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's not war. It's survival.


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,792,913 (UK) (11 March 2011)


$83,552,429 (USA) (27 May 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 as 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. See more »


The Hubble telescope's focal length does not allow it to focus on near-Earth objects such as the "meteors" entering Earth's atmosphere. See more »


[first lines]
Reporter on TV: ...an unprecedented meteor shower falling off the coast of Tokyo. The entire city is mesmerized by this incredible sight. Two hours after the first contact, an unidentified enemy has reached our coastlines in a swift and militaristic attack. Right now one thing is clear: The world is at war.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits, except for the film's title. See more »


References Resistance 3 (2011) See more »


Live by the Game
Written by Freddie Gibbs (as Fredrick Tipton), Leighton Hicks and Cory Parham
Performed by Freddie Gibbs
Courtesy of Decon
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User Reviews

Blam, Pow, Zip, Zing, Bam, Bam, Boooooooooooooom!
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When it comes to watching these types of films, it's all about your special effects crew. This is why Aaron Eckhart is in this picture and not Brad Pitt, which is a shame because Eckhart is an excellent actor. People come to watch pure and utter chaos, the explosions of alien spaceships and the complete destruction of mankind's existence -- acting be damned.

This film is only slightly better than Skyline. We are treated to the military's position and at least we get actual reports on who or what we're fighting and why they've come to attack us without any warning. The writer tried to get us interested in the human cast, God love 'em, but they're not as interesting as those things falling from the sky. However, they're not as exciting as they could have been -- it's basically just shiny steel from another planet. Space junk, if you will.

Sure, there's intense action and even some scenes of people showing great strength, courage and compassion for one another, even if the outlook looks grim. Let's face it, though, when it comes to a film like this -- all you need is some good CGI and noise. Lots and lots of noise. More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: D+

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