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Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Fantastic Sci-fi film, doesn't deserve half of the bad reviews it gets...
Just come out of this film in Nottingham, after eagerly anticipating it for six months or so. I was pulled in by the viral marketing and trailers, hoping that this film would do the genre some justice after the mock-buster Skyline, and live up to the hype. I went in with high expectations, and I have to say I was not disappointed in the least.
The film starts out sprung into the action, with fantastic cinematography and special effects, instantly I was gripped and on the edge of my seat. 'Spectacular' and 'Intense' (the descriptions on the trailer) I could easily say were the words for this film, and then some. The aliens people argue are unoriginal, but I thought they were menacing and fantastically designed for the film. Aaron Eckhart deserves an award for his portrayal as S. Sgt Nantz, a battle hardened Marine who puts in an admirable and intense performance, I thought he and the rest of his platoon (Michelle Rodriguez, Jim Parrack and even Ne-yo), put in realistic performances, with one or two corny lines, but that is it. People who slate the dialogue for this film do not sit back and take it for what it is, a balls out alien invasion war film, set in the US.
Now here is what really angers me, I attempt to spoil myself stupid before films come out so I know that i'm in for something great when I buy my ticket. Before I went to see it last night though, I read a scathing review from Roger Ebert, giving the film half a star out of four. Now looking back at what I have just seen, Im no loser Ebert, I just happen to have a passion for the science-fiction genre that made me go to see it, just like tens of thousands of others. This is a man if I believe, gave Knowing four stars, and Kickass One star. He shouldn't be a critic, because what I've just seen was out of this world unbelievable. He needs to rethink, because this film doesn't deserve half of the bad reviews it gets...
I implore you to see this film, its a fantastic sci-fi war adventure movie, that will have you on the edge of your seat from the start. A must watch in the cinema, so much that I will see it again! 10 of 10.