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 SSgt. 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 »
Public transit buses don't require a key to start, so there is no need to "hot wire" one. 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 »
Okay this is not a movie about story, but surely it's obvious to see that in the trailers. This movie is about taking a location that is not really used for anything except soap operas and chick flicks and turning it into a battlefield. If you can cope with that then this movie isn't awful like a lot of people are saying. This movie has a lot of strengths for action lovers. The marines jump right into the fray within the first fifteen minutes or so and the action continues to pour in throughout most of the movie. Firefights, marine maneuvers, communication and motions, and actual strategies are incorporated into this movie, which was the director's goal in this project. Yes, there are some obvious solutions to the problem, aka nuke the zone, but then that wouldn't be a really long movie would it? Continuing on, another key factor that is seen is the brotherhood that soldiers have between their own platoon and the friendships that they make. Combine that with the action and you get the suspense that makes you connect with the characters hoping each one survives. Heck you may even pick a favorite character to root for in hopes they survive. Another strong point is that the movie keeps going, with very little slow scenes in the mix, so again action lovers will love it. Yes it kind of causes the story line to be narrowed out, but again you shouldn't expect a story from this kind of movie.
Weak points from this movie start with the choppy camera action used to record this movie. It's filmed with moving with the soldiers and is really quick and spastic. If you get motion sickness, then you may not want to watch this movie. Next up the dialogue is very cheesy at some points. They try to bring comedy relief in the intense situation to keep you from getting too depressed in the film. But let's face it dialogue today isn't really written in the best sense, aka half the lines on Glee and other comedies of today. Get past that and again the movie isn't that bad, in fact you can actually laugh at how ridiculous the lines are which lightens the mood a little. Again I've already mentioned there is no real story to it, but again it's one of the action film fan's audience. Not too mention it really is hard to get a good alien invasion storyline that hasn't been done or isn't a marvel comic. Another weakness can be a little of the poor acting in this movie and the overacting at certain scenes. The parts where aliens aren't trying to blow your head off can make you roll your eyes, but that's with any movie really. Another weakness is there is some predictability to it, especially when it comes to death scenes and as a result you may guess who is going to die next. However, what movie doesn't have some predictability to it. The last thing to comment on is the graphics of the movie. For the most part the aliens are obviously CGI, but they are done pretty well from what I can tell. I'm no expert in the field, but it looks pretty decent and I have to say I don't have the eye to tell green screen from actual models.
Overall I enjoyed the movie, I've been an action lover for a long time, but have branched out in recent years mind you. This movie is exciting, action packed, and has a strong message of brotherhood in the marine life. I think it captures some military lifestyles and situations, but again I don't know. Yes, I know nuclear warfare is obvious, but again you want a movie you go for the more extreme case. As long as you can get over the cheesy dialogue and the lack of story, then I think you will enjoy this movie. Overall I give it an 8 out of 10.
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