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 »
When they exit the bus and the soldiers are repelling off the raised freeway they get fired upon and fall. The one not attached to the rope falls with his head towards the car on which the guy on the rope falls onto the bonnet. The next shot shows the first guy is laid the opposite way round, with a previously non existent car on its side behind him. 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 »
If you like guns, handguns, rifles, automatic rifles, hand grenades, rocket launchers, tedious macho posturing, munitions, bazookas, bombs, missiles, and other items of explosive weaponry I don't know the names of, this is the film for you. If you like the idea of 100 minutes of meat-heads shooting, blowing up, blasting, bombarding, exploding, hurling grenades at (etc.) stuff, this is the film for you. The other 11 minutes are devoted to: the first five minutes give a breakneck and vomit-inducing 'introduction' to the 'characters' ~ don't worry if you miss anything, they're all cardboard cutouts, and once they get their battle uniforms on you can't tell who's who anyway, and even if you could, you wouldn't care if they lived or died; and towards the end there's a scene in which some of the most turgid dialogue ever put to film takes place. But anyway, enough of the highlights! You couldn't PAY me to watch this again.
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