Battle Los Angeles
It's not war. It's survival.
The Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.
Here are some alternate titles I came up with while watching this...
Lesson: How Not To Write Dialogue
Aaron Eckhart: Commanding Anonymous Morons
Cliche: The Movie
Exposition: It's Everywhere
Michelle Rodriguez: Best Thing About This Movie
Second Act: Better Than The First
ADHD: The Editor
Michael Pena: Can't Save This
Reminder: Of Everything That Is Happening Every 10 Seconds Via Dialogue.
Call of Duty: Is More Fulfilling
Moments: Some Aren't Bad
Third Act: Better Than First Two
Guilty Pleasure: Possibly?
Terrible Movie: Definitely
As with many American blockbusters of this ilk Battle: Los Angeles is big, brash and dumb. Sadly it is also a humourless bore making the gung-ho patriotism hard to swallow. Expecting originality or characters with depth is probably too much to ask but exciting and well choreographed action should come as standard. Sadly this is largely absent here with predictable set pieces and an over reliance on shaky cam footage. Rather than creating a documentary-like aesthetic it just comes across as bad filmmaking as it neither adds to the tension or sense of reality.
The film focuses on far too many characters for you to possibly care about (the fact that they are little more than walking talking clichés certainly…
Just watch the trailer again......vastly more entertaining than the final result.
And it's shorter.
Which is good.
I love the part where they wrap the dying Mexican into a burrito.
I watched it again. I'm an idiot.
In Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, lobotomy is described as "frontal-lobe castration", a form of punishment and control after which, "There's nothin' in the face. Just like one of those store dummies." In one patient, "You can see by his eyes how they burned him out over there; his eyes are all smoked up and gray and deserted inside." - Yes that pretty much sums up how I felt after watching this film.
Pelicula absolutamente de formula y con exacerbado fanatismo por la tropa yankee, no paran de aclararte cuan grande la tienen, pero bueno, se deja ver...
Not as bad as I was expecting. Typical mindless popcorn action flick.
"United States Marine Corps! Yeah!"
If you just read that and rolled your eyes then, like me, you are not the target audience for Battle: Los Angeles. Make no mistake, this is not a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi action movie, as I had hoped it would be. It's a painfully long, and deadly serious, advertisement for the USMC.
You could easily have replaced the aliens with Russians or Muslims or North Koreans, or whoever the enemy de rigeur is this week, and it would have been the exact same movie, but even less believable. It's a good vs evil war movie, no matter how you choose to look at it.
Who is your last line of defense, no matter who the invaders?…
I was in the mood for guns and destruction today.
This movie delivered exactly what I wanted.
A thin and easy storyline with dust in nearly any frame.
Michelle Rodríguez is the only remarkable actress here and, yeah as I said, the story is pretty shit and so are the predator-like aliens.
Whatever, I had fun and was able to enjoy my chips.
As a work of art?
Stars for the mostly great action. CGI was rather ok-ish.
This is a pile of shit.
I dunno, this film gets some stick, but I see at as decent action flick. Nothing more or less. It benefits by concentrating on a small squad of marines, and doesn't really stray from that.
Big, loud and dumb? Yes, but plenty have gone down that path before and this pulls it off as well as many.
Igitt. Wenn ein Film wie ein überlanger Werbespot für die U.S. Army daherkommt, kann mir das gewaltig auf die Nerven gehen. In diesem Fall sind es die Marines, die Heldenmut, Vaterlandsliebe und Zusammenhalt demonstrieren dürfen. Und natürlich einen sicheren Finger am Abzug, wenn es um das Dezimieren der feindlichen Truppen geht. Die stammen aus dem All und sind ziemlich unfreundlich, mehr braucht man nicht zu wissen.
Die Kämpfe sind teilweise nett anzusehen, auch wenn man darüber streiten kann, ob das Design der Raumschiffe gelungen ist. Neben der völlig ironiefreien Vergötterung der Soldaten hat der Film aber noch andere Schwächen. Die Wackelkamera ist nervtötend, weil ständig neu fokussiert wird. Zwar fängt sie das Geschehen gut ein, aber anscheinend wollte man ein…
Először a Korda teremben láttam, most nem.
Better this time round but still not very good at all. There are some bits of effects that look great ......BUT that bloody shaky camera on every single scene does my head in. If they had some cinematographer that didnt film everything while balanced on unicycle this would have been so much better.