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

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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)

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It's not war. It's survival.


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

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11 March 2011 (USA)  »

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World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles  »

Box Office

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,792,913 (UK) (11 March 2011)

Gross:

$83,552,429 (USA) (27 May 2011)
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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 »

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It is said that there is nowhere in our known universe that there is liquid water on or near the surface but Saturn's moon Enceladus has liquid water just beneath the surface and so does Jupiter's moon Europa. See more »

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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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Spin-off Battle: Los Angeles (2011) See more »

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Take It Back
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Over-edited and under-directed, complete with cheesy dialogue, clichéd characters and weak story and acting- sorry I did not like it
16 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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