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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

A 2011 movie directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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Battle: Los Angeles just barely makes a better film than Skyline

  • Mar 11, 2011
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There is something about invasion films that always seem to bring in scores of movie go-ers, regardless of the quality of the film.. Over the last few years we have had a few great alien invasion films like District 9 and even Cloverfield, if the handheld cinematography did not cause motion sickness; but we have also has some really bad invasion films, such as Skyline, which gave the appearance that it would be good though in reality, it had NO point). Two weeks ago I Am Number Four came out, and although, not technically an attack on Earth, it is an invasion film that takes place on Earth while searching for aliens who inhabited our planet. Granted the film could have been better but it had its shining moments too. Please keep in mind I am strictly speaking Earth invasions so please, do not think of Avatar or Predators as neither took place on Earth.

That being said, Battle: Los Angeles can be classified as a decent film for what it is and will most certainly bring in the crowds this weekend. Just viewing the trailers, the film looks like a cross between Independence Day and Saving Private Ryan or perhaps a mini-series like 'Band of Brothers' or 'The Pacific'. I realize that sounds a bit like a "DUH" statement, but if you decide to see the film this weekend you will be hit over the head with that visual just as I was. Although the cinematography choices are similar to Cloverfield, providing such a bumpy ride that it almost distracts from the overall story as you tilt your head left and right in an attempt to figure out what visual is on the screen, and there is little else that the sci-fi end of the story brings to the film. I only wish that the story had been better developed, giving the viewer a better idea of what these aliens are like, but then again, the story is about humans and not the aliens.

Battle: Los Angeles is a high stress war film between humans and aliens. The filming adds to this particular aspect of the film in a way that will make for another successful sci-fi invasion film for the movie industry. I only two real issues I would like to make about this film, the first being how the 'Band of Brothers'/'The Pacific' vibe provided when introducing the characters, clearly providing the audience their names by showing text in the lower third of the screen, but honesty, the film moved so fast this added information was almost an insignificant piece of information.. I’m suspecting that there wasn’t other way for the viewer to catch the names of the character during the dialog, it being inaudible. The second issue, if you're going to make a war film, whether it be based in reality or sci-fi world, you had better make it believable. Now, granted I am not a soldier and have never had to experience war (or anything war like), I have watched a lot of TV and films involving war and every one that I have seen has shown these brave men and women swearing under pressure, however, now that the censors have been hard a work to make life merry, either the studio felt that Battle: Los Angeles to be so violent that to keep the rating of PG-13 they needed to leave out the profanity... OR the writer decided to make these boys - and girl - so righteous to not piss off their maker by using inappropriate language, as their world is being turned into a living hell.

If you are a fan of games like Call of Duty than, overall, I’d say this is the film to see as you will be able to follow the action much better than those that do not fall within this group. If, however, you have never played a first-person shooter game, you may have a difficult time keeping up with the momentum of the film. The story, for what it is, delivers, but fails to provide what is needed to raise it above any other alien invasion film. The visual effects are decent, but since the aliens are rarely seen up close and personal, I question how well they were developed, thinking perhaps that the individual’s creative ability does not provide him with enough imagination to develop aliens unlike any others that have come before. I found the best part of the film to be the joy of watching Aaron Eckhart (Dark Knight) and Michelle Rodriguez (Resident Evil, Fast and the Furious) take down so many aliens. The cast was most definitely the biggest highlight of the film. So if you are looking for a movie to see this weekend for pure entertainment, Battle: Los Angeles will do, but if you are looking for an amazing film to see, you might want to check what else is playing.

I give Battle: Los Angeles a 2.5 out of 5.

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March 14, 2011
excellent coverage for this movie! Good comparison to the CALL OF DUTY games.
March 14, 2011
thanks for the comment
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review by . March 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Don't Just Win The Battle, WIN The War....HURRAH!!!
Let’s get one thing straight: alien invasion movies are a dime-a-dozen these days, they’re the easiest way to make a quick buck. So if you’re going into “Battle: Los Angeles” with the usual expectations, you would be both right and wrong. This film by director Jonathan Liebesmann (Darkness Falls) is indeed a movie with extraterrestrials in it, but at heart, it is a war-military film that has the "staplings" of past war movies. I would say that it does try …
review by . March 29, 2011
It Ain't
Alien invasion films are a dime a dozen.  They've been around forever it seems.  From classics like the original War of the Worlds to mildly enjoyable films like Signs and a multitude of clunkers that include Tom Cruise's shot at War of the Worlds, there is an endless supply of "let's take over humanity" flicks.  When I heard that Battle:  Los Angeles was coming to the big screen, I was torn.      Why?  Because previews of the film …
review by . June 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****     Every year, dozens of mediocre action movies release. Given that I believe those dozens of action films to be mediocre, I am seldom impressed by the genre. With that being said, those films are decent; mediocre, if you may. Meanwhile, Jonathan Liebesman's "Battle: Las Angeles" is just plain bad.    Why do people get paid to make movies like this one? They entertain a certain audience, sure. I get that. We all need to make money. But please...is …
review by . March 13, 2011
Was kind of bored to be honest. Never hard any wow moments. Some of the machines/weapons they use are pretty cool though. Some parts of it style wise reminded me of Killzone a little bit too.    Should have waited to see this at the dollar movie .. ah well.
review by . March 24, 2011
Battle: Los Angeles is only a mediocre addition to the alien invasion genre.    Poor L.A., always getting beaten up either by weather anomalies (Day After Tomorrow), giant meteors (Deep Impact), the Mayan doomsday calendar (2012) – and yes, many alien invasions staking their claim on the City of Angels. Maybe L.A. is always a target in disaster films because, well, this is where films are made, so there's an affinity. Now count Battle: Los Angeles as one of them.    You …
review by . March 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
District 9 eaten and then crapped out as Battle Los Angeles
BATTLE LOS ANGELES   Written by Christopher Bertolini   Directed by Jonathan Liebesman   Starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Pena       Announcer: One thing is clear; the world is at war.       Director Jonathan Liebesman, the man who brought us DARKNESS FALLS and a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE prequel, is about to make contact with his latest film, BATTLE LOS ANGELES.  He drops his …
review by . March 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Battle: Los Angles Delivers
War movies depicting a group of soldiers against overwhelming odds are nothing new. For generations, moviegoers have been treated to cinematic recreations as well as new scenarios of fighting units in combat. Usually these films follow a typical formula that includes the tough and gritty commanding officer, the naïve new soldier, the one with a woman and children waiting at home, and one who has difficulties with combat. In the new movie Battle: Los Angeles a new twist is given to the formulaic …
review by . March 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Battle: Los Angeles is shot and edited in much the same way as a realistic war movie – quick cuts, shaky handheld cameras, moments of action so blurred that it’s next to impossible to tell who’s doing what to whom – and it aims to be emotionally draining as we watch scene after scene of death and destruction. It’s a visceral experience, one in which we’re made to feel immersed and vulnerable. These techniques …
review by . April 02, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
      As soon as I saw the trailer for this film I became so excited. I thought this could be a really good mash-up between District 9 and Black Hawk Down. Well, my anticipation grew and my deception is simply huge. I don't even know what to think about this mess. What was the purpose of this movie? What did I just saw? Why the hell almost every time a movie like this comes out the trailer makes me loose my patience and become crazy about the project and after I see it I …
Quick Tip by . March 23, 2011
A surprisingly good alien invasion flick. No dumb alien jokes or computer viruses like in Independence Day and a huge pat on the back for the U.S. Marine Corps make Battle:  Los Angeles a solid entry into the alien invasion genre. 
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  • Opens March 11, 2011
  • A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles.
  • Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodríguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Peña
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Genres: Sci-Fi ActionAlien FilmScience Fiction
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