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)
Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana doubled for Camp Pendleton in many shots. Air Force One carrying President George W. Bush initially landed at Barksdale AFB on Sept. 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks. The filmmakers have said that they used the aftermath of destruction of the Twin Towers as a reference point for much of the destruction in Los Angeles seen in the film. See more »
The first utility vehicle SSGT Nantz fired the .50 cal from showed a close up of a spent cartridge which fell from the gun and it showed the crimp marks of a blank and not the perfect round shape of a spent .50 cal ball round. See more »
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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There are no opening credits, except for the film's title. See more »
Over-edited and under-directed, complete with cheesy dialogue, clichéd characters and weak story and acting- sorry I did not like it
I watch films of all genres, old and new, good and bad, and while I wasn't completely taken with the idea of Battle:Los Angeles I was interested in seeing it. Unfortunately I didn't like it. I will get the good things out of the way first, the CGI is of decent standard, the bridge siege set-piece is fairly impressive and Aaron Eckhart does try hard, in the beginning he is the best asset of the film portraying the only likable character, even if he is rather clichéd.
However at the halfway mark, Eckhart's character becomes less likable and his performance, which involves a lot of shouting and uttering poorly written and delivered "rousing" speeches, gets weaker. The rest of the acting ranges from just adequate to very poor, particularly Michelle Rodriguez and the less said about her one-liners the better, and they are not helped by the fact that the characters are little more than bland stereotypes that we learn very little about other than the odd snippet of information. The dialogue is very, very weak too, very characterless and cheesy as well, the film is dull in the pace and is too long too and the explosions are shoddy and get too much.
I was especially disappointed in Battle:Los Angeles' direction, which is one of the blandest and soulless directorial jobs I have seen in a long time. The film is very over-edited as well, while I have nothing against shaky cam I do when it adds next to nothing to the proceedings and it was used so much I felt nauseus at the end, and the rest of the set pieces are murky and incoherent. The story is weak and wanders off the point so many times complete with a very narrow world-view, a very unsatisfying ending in the sense it felt tacked on and laughably rubbish alien forces.
In conclusion, Battle: Los Angeles was a movie I tried to like but I couldn't even enjoy it, due to its poor direction and dialogue and its over-editing. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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