Battle: Los Angeles
Sounds like an awesome title, right? I thought so too. Chances are, if the title sounded awesome you’ve checked out the trailer too? I did too. Pay attention to the soundtrack in the trailer? Yea, me too. I listened to it before watching the movie too – prepping myself up for an adrenaline injected movie with guns, more guns and aliens. I mean, what else could I ask for? Oh right, a story too perhaps. I guess I should’ve had that expectation in my mind before watching Battle: LA. So, as a tradition I saw the movie in UltraAVX (it’s simply the best way to watch a movie really, refer to this post as to why).
Sat down, saw the previews and realized 3D is going to be over-killed in the next few months. And the movie started, showing a USMC platoon in a chopper over LA only to rewind back in 24 hours. Just a heads up – spoiler’s coming up.
And now, for the spoiler alert – The movie sucked. The cameraman chose to nauseate everyone in the theatre – intentionally. Why the camera jumped back and forth between two people while talking in an office is beyond me. I understand the usage of such camera techniques in the ACTUAL battle scenes, but in an interview? Unnecessary. The shakiness really annoyed me, more so than Cloverfield did and that movie was ENTIRELY SHOT like this. You can only imagine how much more frustrating this was.
The graphics of the movie were okay – but then again, it’s slowly becoming the standard of the Hollywood to utilize a good graphics design team to lure people into the theatres to watch CGI garbage. So, I guess that was a positive.
Aaron Eckhart is a great actor – I mean, he was in The Dark Knight and Thank you for smoking. Why he did this movie? No idea.
Story you ask? Well, they tried to copy the gloriousness of Independence Day, the plot of extermination from SkyLine (I’ll never get those minutes of my life back) and District 9 (the aliens look like they jumped over from that movie into this one with weapons attached to them, just like District 9). And while doing all this copy and pasting – failed miserably. The sheer number of cliché’s in the movie (although unsurprising) ruined the movie, along with HORRIBLE directing and script. Back to the camera angles – do we really need EXTREME close ups of the persons face, their lips and nose? It’s a bloody ACTION FILM. I’d like focus on the guns, the arsenal and the actual battle. To be honest the action – which was spread across the movie for about 20 mins total, was decent. The action reminded me of the gameplay from Bad Company 2 and Modern Warfare (Console games incase you are wondering) and that’s a huge plus.
Beyond that – the movie was stretched, and repetitive. I mean, how does a race with unmanned drones that took down EVERY major city and military base get outsmarted by six human soldiers is unreal. So unreal the movie lost it's authenticity and sense of realism. This movie should’ve been a Direct-to-Video and even then, I’d fast forward thru most of it.
Here are two other poster's - designed to trick you in to watching this movie.
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