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.
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)
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 »
It was noted that a flight of A-10 "warthogs" were on the flight line at Camp Pendleton. The A-10 is a close support ground attack aircraft flown by the USAF in support of ground operations conducted by the Army and the Marines. They often conduct joint training so seeing Air Force craft at a Marine base is not uncommon. 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 »
I saw this film the other day, and I actually really liked it. It was
exactly what I expected (maybe a little better). If you want to watch a
really well thought out film with lots of character development and
interesting subplots this is not the film for you. If you want to watch
a bunch of U.S. Marines beat the tar out of invading spacefreaks, then
this is the film for you. From when we first encounter the aliens to
sometime in the middle, the movie is a nonstop thrill ride. Stuff
explodes, aliens get splattered, humans get burned by lasers. In case
you didn't already suspect, this film is very violent. Although there
isn't a lot of blood, there are certainly a lot of deaths. The action
is unpredictable and zany. One minute everyone will be walking
somewhere between point A and B, the next, they're crouching behind
burned out cars and houses as aliens pour ungodly hellfire onto them
from above. The special effects were also quite good, with the
exception of a couple bad animations here and there. That being said,
the movie suffers when it slows down. The dialogue is poorly written,
and delivered decently, but not well. Aaron Eckhart however did a
wonderful job as a stony faced marine staff sergeant who keeps a cool
head when under fire. Most of the storyline is pretty standard war
movie/alien invasion stuff. You know, when after a bunch of fighting
everyone gets discouraged and then the leader gives a big motivational
speech and the inspirational music plays and everyone feels heroic.
So don't expect a masterpiece of modern cinema, expect alien guts and
lots of shooting and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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