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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

A 2011 movie directed by Jonathan Liebesman.

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It's like playing Call of Duty on Low Details...

  • Apr 2, 2011

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 immediately start to loose my nerves. It's annoying and disturbing to see such a degraded projection of a war movie. At least that's what people say this movie is... I personally consider it to be part of the "big-boom-bullsh*t" genre.

The story sets off more than clicheic. Soldiers at the end of their careers meeting rookies, marine buddies drinking bear, sudden events get to be a threat for the world, soldiers are sent to evacuate civilians, they find out more, get scared, write some words for their wives, think about their families, get scared again, meet the war ground, get scared more, see the aliens, do the "oh my god" and run forward, they get panicked but find strength to fight the aliens and so on till eventually they will fulfill their mission... An ongoing course of "what would be like IF"... Well, the movie definitely assured the audience with it's boredom and constant stupid explosions (I'll get right back to that) to forget about the characters, to forget what the task really is, you just sit and wonder yourself when it will end... The movie doesn't deliver ANY of the feelings that should be delivered. It's flat and ridiculous. The acting is not even questionable and I really expected some tension from Eckhart and I did received it somehow but I guess he already did the best since the script sucked so bad. The dialogue is awful. Few, few, few worthy lines and phrases... I'm simply amazed (in the wrong way of course)...

Speaking of stupid explosions... A lot of people said... "Well, what did you expect? It's a war movie!"... Now I will delicately give my answer to all the "pro war activists": "No! It's not just a war movie. And if it's just a war movie then why they show me aliens shooting at nothing? They filled this movie with action sequences which make no sense (aleatory shooting, ridiculous escapes from impossible situations and further). They show a bunch of aliens shooting at something though nothing is really there because the streets are god damn empty. They show marines attacking chaotic like they're a bunch of Call of Duty players... Damn even those guys got more tactics than we witnessed in this movie. So... It's not just a war. A war movie is Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan or Apocalypse Now... not Battle: Los Angeles." And what is with the design of those aliens anyway?... It looks average at best considering they look like a bunch of tin-head shrimps.

The look of this film also is unacceptable. Terrible shot. Can't see a clear thing. The hand-cam usage is poor and really irritating. No cinematography, no clean cuts, no good mixing between different shots and even the sound lacks in effects. The visual effects are also a big disappointment. It all looks like it was made back in 2003. The whole production department made this movie worthless. It's definitely one of the biggest disappointments in the last years.

With all this hate I must appreciate the few good things about it that made me not leave the theater. Mostly some of the action in the film. Yes, there were plenty of stupid explosions and situations but in some parts the movie really delivered some good action. I also enjoyed the concept but I was obviously stunned by the poorness of the execution. It lacks in innovation and gains a lot of attributes in "superficialism". Hopefully they won't make a sequel to this. It will add more awfulness to this awful material.

In the end I want to say that I do love mindless action movies but this is definitely not the case and don't even consider wasting your money in the theater. A rental? Maybe... Better yet, just download it if you can to satisfy your 2 minutes madness then delete it. (Yeah, I said it)

Storyline/Dialogue: 4/10.
Acting: 5,5/10.
Art Direction: 6/10.
Cinematography/Editing: 5,5/10.
Score/Soundtrack: 6/10.
Visual Effects: 6,5/10.
Overall: 5,1

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review by . March 13, 2011
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review by . March 24, 2011
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review by . March 12, 2011
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Quick Tip by . March 23, 2011
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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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