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.
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.
A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.
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)
Cpl. Oswald's military unit ("40th ID") is a real unit - The 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized), known as the "Sunshine Division", is a modular division of the United States Army. It is a four brigade combat team division with National Guardsmen from throughout the Pacific/Western United States and Oceania. Its Division Headquarters is located at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California. See more »
At the mission briefing, the marines are told the bombs will drop in 3 hours, at 19:30 (7:30pm). But SSgt Nantz's watch reads 15:21hrs (3:21pm), more than 4 hours before the bomb drop. 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 »
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.
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