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)
In an interview, Michelle Rodriguez claimed the extensive physical training required for her role gave her "a great set of abs for 'Machete.'" See more »
When Nantz quotes the serial numbers of the fallen soldiers, he says them XXX-XXX-XXX. Since late 1971, the US military uses Social Security Numbers as ID numbers with the pattern XXX-XX-XXXX. It is common to say those numbers in that pattern. 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 »
When it comes to watching these types of films, it's all about your special effects crew. This is why Aaron Eckhart is in this picture and not Brad Pitt, which is a shame because Eckhart is an excellent actor. People come to watch pure and utter chaos, the explosions of alien spaceships and the complete destruction of mankind's existence -- acting be damned.
This film is only slightly better than Skyline. We are treated to the military's position and at least we get actual reports on who or what we're fighting and why they've come to attack us without any warning. The writer tried to get us interested in the human cast, God love 'em, but they're not as interesting as those things falling from the sky. However, they're not as exciting as they could have been -- it's basically just shiny steel from another planet. Space junk, if you will.
Sure, there's intense action and even some scenes of people showing great strength, courage and compassion for one another, even if the outlook looks grim. Let's face it, though, when it comes to a film like this -- all you need is some good CGI and noise. Lots and lots of noise. More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: D+
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