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 officer referred to by Sgt. Nantz on the bus in reference to the line "Retreat Hell" is Capt. Lloyd W. Williams of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. When advised to withdraw by a French officer at the defensive line just north of the village of Lucy-le-Bocage on June 1st, 1918, he is said to have replied: "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!". Captain Williams died 11 days later near Chateau-Thierry. See more »
When CPL Imlay fires the M-203 Grenade Launcher rounds down the hallway they leave a smoke trail. This is incorrect as the M-203 rounds are like large bullets and only leave a puff of smoke when fired. They are not rockets and therefore would not leave a smoke trail. 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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