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)
Lt Col Ritchie says the air strike will take place at "1930 hours". Marines don't say "hours" after the time. 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 »
Battle: Los Angeles (or Enemy Invasion in EU countries) is a pretty neat example of what you'll get if you combine camera style of "Cloverfield", basic plot of "The Independence Day" and the atmosphere of "Black Hawk Down" together. That would be it for most people if only the target audience wasn't familiar with video games and haven't recognized many influences mostly from Killzone and Crysis franchises. I'm not saying it's a bad thing - definitely something to make the movie more visible in the amounts of action flicks made these days. And probably the first one to get it right how to mix video games with movies - those familiar with those franchises will enjoy it even more, those who are not will never notice since those influences are not so explicitly shown throughout the movie. Even though somewhat cheesy, Battle: LA is one hell of an enjoyable ride. Especially for fans of Killzone, Crysis, Quake and, what the heck, even Gears of War and Halo. Jonathan Libesman never made any really noticeable movie but something tells me he's gonna make it with this one. 8 out of 10.
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