MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 150 this week

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

 -  Action | Sci-Fi  -  11 March 2011 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 143,165 users   Metascore: 37/100
Reviews: 795 user | 351 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

A squadron of U.S. Marines becomes the last line of defense against a global invasion.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 23 Dec 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 04 Oct 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 12 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Battle Los Angeles (2011) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Battle Los Angeles.

User Polls

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Battleship (2012)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Perseus braves the treacherous underworld to rescue his father, Zeus, captured by his son, Ares, and brother Hades who unleash the ancient Titans upon the world.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Rosamund Pike
Battle of Los Angeles (Video 2011)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

In February 1942 Us forces engaged an unidentified flying object above Los Angeles. Now almost 70 years later, the alien invaders have returned.

Director: Mark Atkins
Stars: Nia Peeples, Kel Mitchell, Dylan Vox
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys and natives are all that stand in their way.

Director: Jon Favreau
Stars: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Perseus, mortal son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering heaven and earth.

Director: Louis Leterrier
Stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Skyline (2010)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth.

Directors: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
Stars: Eric Balfour, Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson
John Carter (2012)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.

Director: Andrew Stanton
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story.

Director: D.J. Caruso
Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron
Green Lantern (2011)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A test pilot, Hal Jordan, is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

Director: Martin Campbell
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard
Real Steel (2011)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Set in the near future, where robot boxing is a top sport, a struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot. During his hopeful rise to the top, he discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father.

Director: Shawn Levy
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley
2012 I (2009)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
...
Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
...
Hector Rincon
...
Joe Rincon
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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

Taglines:

It's not war. It's survival.

Genres:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,792,913 (UK) (11 March 2011)

Gross:

$83,552,429 (USA) (27 May 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One more famous "Retreat hell", comes from WW2, during the battle for Salerno, Italy, in Sep. 1943. The 1st & 2nd battalions of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment were taking heavy fire. When it was suggested that they withdraw, Col. Rueben Tucker replied, "Retreat hell. Send me my other battalion." The 3rd battalion was sent up, and the enemy repulsed, and the Salerno beachhead was saved. See more »

Goofs

The CH-46 helicopters that take the Marines from Camp Pendleton to Santa Monica are marked "HMM-774". Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774 (HMM-774) is a United States Marine Corps medium helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Wild Goose", is a United States Marine Corps Reserve unit based at Naval Station Norfolk (Chambers Field), Virginia. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Resistance 3 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Take It Back
Written by Donnie Lewis and Ivan Barias
Performed by Skillz
Courtesy of Decon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
The aliens are here to put us out of our misery
11 August 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In this day and age, action and sci-fi films seems to be just defined and rated by their special effects and action levels. Michael Bay is one of the worst culprits in recent memory for this. The terrible "Transformers" franchise is growing more and more popular and brainless every year as he keeps making them. His policy is stick a hot looking babe into a picture surrounded by many explosions, over the top heroics and 'cool' looking robots and you'll have every idiot within a hundred mile radius flocking to theatres. Sad, but it's true. That's just how we have mentally decreased as a species, which brings me to this film - "Battle Los Angeles" which makes me wonder why the hell an extraterrestrial species would want to make contact with us... better off doing what they set about doing here and that's exterminate us all and put us out of our misery.

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman who directed "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" a couple of years ago, and based on a script written by Christopher Bertolini who I can only guess to be some kind of drooling idiot because a script like this with ingenious dialog like "Get down!" "Incoming!" "Marines Never Quit" "Yes Sergeant!" replaying over and over again doesn't take much work. The actors are all terrible, not that you'd need to be a talented actor to feature in a film like this, where you never have to say no more than a small sentence at a time. However, that being said, there are a few recognisable actors here: Aaron Eckheart ("The Dark Knight") plays Sgt. Nantz who has done his twenty years in the Marines and is set to leave once he trains the new recruits for Afghanistan. However, what he doesn't count on is for some inconsiderate aliens to launch a worldwide invasion by landing their drones in the guise of meteorites all over the world outside the major cities (And one lands inexplicably just off Dingle Bay in Ireland.... off course? :P) . Nantz's marines are geared up for action and deployed into LA to hold the city at all costs against the invaders. Michell Rodriguez ("S.W.A.T", "Girlfight") plays one of the marines and Bridget Moynahan ("I, Robot") plays one of the civilians the marines try to save.

This started off well. Apart from the awful dialog - which was actually bearable at the beginning - the film was geared up nicely for what looked set to be an excellent film. Sort of a "Full Metal Jacket" and "War of the Worlds" hybrid... but no, once the fighting got going, it went to hell. Before that it was really suspenseful, with the marines patrolling through the eerie and deserted streets. But then we saw the aliens... and that ruined it for me. A blatant rip-off of "Tranformers", as the alien machines jump around the place with cannons for arms and the spaceships were unbelievably tacky. Surely, an extraterrestrial race that has travelled billions of miles across the universe would have better looking spaceships and not something that resembled a breeding attempt by all the scrap metal in a junk yard. It got to a point where the brainless dialog almost got too much, and I was rooting for the aliens to kill the marines. It was embarrassing really. It was funny at times, I'll give it that, but mostly it was just embarrassing and excruciating. The 'moving' speeches and rising roars of "Hoo-rah" and "Marines never quit" was just pathetic. Come on, like... these guys showed the intelligence of monkeys. If I was in the Marine Corps I'd be insulted by how they were portrayed.

The action, I've got to admit, was spectacular and the special effects were amazing despite all the agro I'm giving this. But that's all the film has going for it, and maybe if the dialog was cut out from the film, it might be more enjoyable as we'd be allowed enjoy the action and the visuals. But overall, "Battle Los Angeles" is a stinker. It's sad really how our generation (15-25) is eating this crap up and encouraging them to make more brainless, action-filled films to only serve to make us shell-shocked.


14 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why all the hate for this movie? Shabooti
98% of this movie was............. neuronboy
Why L.A. btlltw
On behalf of the silent majority: Shut-up, morons.This movie was good! curtiscee
What happened to the Army dogfaces? BrooklynRedLeg
Discuss Battle Los Angeles (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?