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)
Besides Capt. Williams' famous quote "Retreat hell, we just got here", there is another famous marine "Retreat Hell" quote. When his marines were surrounded at the Chosin River in Korea during the Korean War, Major General Oliver P. Smith was asked if they were retreating, he responded, "Retreat hell! We're not retreating, we're just advancing in a different direction". In Retreat, Hell! (1952), Frank Lovejoy's character, Lt. Col. Steve L. Corbett, issues the famous quote. See more »
The watch Sgt. Nantz is wearing is a Casio G-Shock Mudman GW-9000A. The timer on this watch is limited to one hour at a time, not the three hours depicted in the movie. 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 »
I saw the movie trailer so I really didn't expect anything more than an entertaining B rated science fiction flick. No need for spoilers (again I saw the trailer). It was a pleasant surprise.
I actually saw a VERY entertaining kick @$$ A-/B+ rated science fiction movie. The plot was in the realm of possibility, given the circumstance. The characters seemed plausible, given the range of the actors. The action kept me on the edge of my seat. All good signs.
Personally, we need more science fiction movies. If you agree, and you don't require perfection in EVERY film viewing experience -- go see this movie.
Take it at face value and enjoy it.
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