Without warning aliens have invaded Earth determined to eliminate the human population. For the U.S., Los Angeles is a critical stronghold that must be maintained. In comes a platoon of Marines, led by seasoned Staff Sergeant Nantz, determined to save trapped civilians and remove the alien threat.
Aaron Eckhart (Sgt. Nantz), Ramon Rodriguez (Lt. Martinez), Will Rothhaar (Cpl. Imlay), Cory Hardrict (Lockett), Jim Parrack (Kerns), Gino Pesi (Stavrou), Ne-Yo (Harris), Michelle Rodriguez (Santos), Michael Pena (Rincon), Joey King (Kirsten).
Battle: Los Angeles jumps straight to the story then backtracks a bit to fill us in. Essentially; aliens have landed on Earth, are killing everyone, and a group of U.S. Marines is going to save us all. Character development is light and when the action kicks into gear the film turns into the Sgt. Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) show. Toward the end the film tries to bring emotion to the rest of the cast but it is too late. The story itself isn’t bad but also isn’t anything that original and feels like other alien blockbusters. We are left with a film that feels like Eckhart advertising for the U.S. Marines who are advertising for Sony.
Acting was mediocre at best here with Eckhart putting forth the best performance. Then again, the film was so intently focused on him he was the only one who had a chance to show us his acting skills. Ramon Rodriguez did pretty well as did the remainder of the cast, including Michelle Rodriguez and Pena, we just didn’t get to see enough of them.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent but not great with a feeling that scale was off a bit. Effects were extensive and fairly well done though again it felt like scale was off in several scenes. Striking bullet effects were exceptionally well done however, and alien effects were very interesting. Dialogue was good and did a lot to fill in background later in the film. Sound and soundtrack were both nicely done.
Overall Battle: Los Angeles is a decent alien sci-fi disguised poorly as recruiting material for the U.S. Marine Corps disguised as the Aaron Eckhart Show. Sci-fi fans who like military style films will likely enjoy this the most with devoted Eckhart fans next in line.
With some foul language, violence, destruction, and intense war sequences this should be fine for older teens and above.
Official movie site.
Battle: Los Angeles is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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