Battle: Los Angeles Movie Reviews
User reviews on Battle: Los Angeles
I went to see this film thinking it would be an nice and big Sci fi flick only to discover that it was all an excuse to talk about US marines.. they are great, they are brothers, they don't give up, they want to save the world.
The aliens well.. they are well in the background.
I went to see this movie interested in how the plot line would unravel, what details would be included, and how badly the earthlings would suffer at the hands of the invaders.
The plethora of alien invasion flicks and movies about the interaction of men and aliens have really ramped up recently. I just can't wait to see the Cowboys versus UFOs movies recently hyped in trailers.
Personally, I believe that most, if not all, movies are psychological front-loading. Ideas and explanations incorporated into the movie's script are calculated to format your thinking. Here is what I found interesting:
1. The alien weapons cannot be used by humans (as in District 9).
2. The alien objective: water. The plot presents this to the audience at least three times. Aliens use water to fuel their ships, and, um... the earth's oceans have already noticeably depleted. They will use the sewer system to drain the world's water supply. I guess the writers don't know that only 3% of available fresh water is in waterways and lakes. The rest is groundwater. It makes no sense to attack the civilian population to attain this comparatively teeny amount of water. It's all in the oceans and seas of the world!
3. The Marines continually say, "Aliens? It can't really be aliens? They don't exist, right?" Beginning with Star Trek, they have been conditioning several notions into your head: aliens exist, stupid no-space flight civilizations believe in "gods" and think anyone from space is a god (shot at Christians), and- this is important- there are good aliens as well as bad ones.
The truth is, there are no aliens. These are really demons. Watch the movies they show to children, the main target of brainwashing. The bad aliens are defeated by good aliens, who then remain, making the earth their new home. Examples: "I am Number Four" and the Transformers series. Also: "The Owls of Gha'houl" - notice how their name sounds like "ghoul". In the owl cartoon, the leader of the bad guys has no right eye. This is the same as the Christian description of the antichrist and the muslim description of the Mahdi (who are the same person.)
As a native Los Angeleno, I take the destruction of my city personally. If you're going to blow it up, you better make it cool. Usually, that doesn't happen. I remember lava streaming down Wilshire Boulevard in Volcano and thinking how lame it was. Battle: Los Angeles is just another movie that attempts destroy my town, this time with an alien invasion. In this case, it's a big, dumb video game of a movie that's about as entertaining as watching someone play Call of Duty on an XBox.
You know the drill: Aliens come down to kick the crap out of us. They blow a bunch of stuff up, usually iconic parts of a city, though in LA, those are hard to come by. I love it here, but we don't really have a Statue of Liberty or a Golden Gate Bridge. The destruction continues until a group of soldiers come together to battle the baddies. There's a lot of yelling and some dying on both sides of the battle.
And there you have it. There is absolutely nothing new in this movie to separate it from anything that came before. Not even Aaron Eckhart, who is normally very reliable, can save this from just being loud and annoying. The filmmakers feel its more important to beat us over the head with effects and nonsensical editing than plot or characters. It might be fun for a little while, but 30 minutes in, it just leaves you with a giant headache.
What a terrible film this was. I do not recommend seeing it and please tell others to stay away. I expected this film to be full of awesome special effects, cool characters and amazing scenes where Los Angeles is being destroyed. I got none of the above, the special effects were nothing special, there was absolutely no character development and I could not tell if that was Los Angeles being attacked or some other random city. I can not believe that such a great actor like Aaron Eckhart is in this piece of crap, I bet he got a fat check in the end but was it worth it? The dialogue was literally laughable, I know that it was not meant to be funny but the whole audience was laughing. The fighting scenes do not stop even for a moment and I was so tired by the end of this film.
This is a sci-fi action film that is directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Taylor Handley and others. I did not expect much going into this film and I was right to do so. I understand that I should not expect this film to be smart or inspiring and I did not, but i did expect to see some cool special effects and interesting characters, unfortunately that did not happen. The action in the film did not stop but not in a good way, it was exhausting I had a headache in the end of this film. The dialogue was a complete disaster and the special effects were not great either, i could not tell that the destroyed city was Los Angeles and that is supposed to be part of the fun, right? Overall, terrible film that will give you a headache in the end.