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American Warships (2011)

Mario Van Peebles , Carl Weathers , Thunder Levin  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers
  • Directors: Thunder Levin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: The Asylum
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BS38QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a fleet of mysterious ships wage war against the Earth, only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global armageddon.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
3 1/2 stars for Asylum (or bad SyFy) Fans
1 1/2 stars: Everyone Else

I have to credit the cheapie studio The Asylum for creating an entirely new movie term (or at least beating it into mainstream consciousness). They have created the Mockbuster. Every year, the studio seems to look at the upcoming summer movie releases and then tries to replicate the larger studio offerings. The SyFy network will then broadcast these low budget endeavors on the same weekend that the original flicks hit the theater. It's actually pretty funny. However, last year, things struck a little too close as Asylum released "Battle of Los Angeles" as "Battle: Los Angeles" was in theaters and a confusion in the DVD market upset a number of consumers. Maybe that's why this year Asylum found itself in a legal battle with Universal Studios over this particular movie. As "Battleship" opens wide in movie houses, Asylum had readied "American Battleship" for the SyFy crowd on the same weekend. But with an impending lawsuit, the title has recently morphed into "American Warships" even as the movie remains a blatant copy of its more extravagant cousin.

I never expect much from an Asylum film, most are shot in a few days with a couple of nickels as the budget. But sometimes bad movie magic strikes. Some of the endeavors have been brilliantly bad (I mean that as a compliment) while others have just been bad bad. "American Warships" is actually a movie that benefits from lowered expectations because, by Asylum standards, it seems much more accomplished than some of their other offerings. Sure it's still silly, but it's a fun and entertaining silliness. The CGI effects are better than anticipated (once again, by Asylum standards, not feature film).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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3 1/2 stars for Asylum (or bad SyFy) Fans
1 1/2 stars: Everyone Else

I have to credit the cheapie studio The Asylum for creating an entirely new movie term (or at least beating it into mainstream consciousness). They have created the Mockbuster. Every year, the studio seems to look at the upcoming summer movie releases and then tries to replicate the larger studio offerings. The SyFy network will then broadcast these low budget endeavors on the same weekend that the original flicks hit the theater. It's actually pretty funny. However, last year, things struck a little too close as Asylum released "Battle of Los Angeles" as "Battle: Los Angeles" was in theaters and a confusion in the DVD market upset a number of consumers. Maybe that's why this year Asylum found itself in a legal battle with Universal Studios over this particular movie. As "Battleship" opens wide in movie houses, Asylum had readied "American Battleship" for the SyFy crowd on the same weekend. But with an impending lawsuit, the title has recently morphed into "American Warships" even as the movie remains a blatant copy of its more extravagant cousin.

I never expect much from an Asylum film, most are shot in a few days with a couple of nickels as the budget. But sometimes bad movie magic strikes. Some of the endeavors have been brilliantly bad (I mean that as a compliment) while others have just been bad bad. "American Warships" is actually a movie that benefits from lowered expectations because, by Asylum standards, it seems much more accomplished than some of their other offerings. Sure it's still silly, but it's a fun and entertaining silliness. The CGI effects are better than anticipated (once again, by Asylum standards, not feature film).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BIG STICK IS UNDER WAY May 27, 2012
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This film is an Asylum mock-buster of the film "Battleship" and addresses some of the issues of that film, such as how does a Battleship welded to a pier suddenly has fuel and weapons? In this film the Enterprise (and task force) is up against an enemy with a cloaking device and the enemy has to become visible to fire its weapons. Where have we seen this before? We suspect the Chinese are involved. Now as any Trekkie knows the Romulans (not to be confused with Romney supporters) had such a device. Trekkies also know that the Romulans represented the Chinese. I love these movie tie-ins. Plus 1 star for a Star Trek tie-in.

What this film lacks, that "Battleship" possessed is a killer sound track, witty dialouge, and likeable characters. The USS Iowa is undergoing a world tour as a museum piece when the attacks occur. All solid state electronics are fried, so it is up to old technology and SEAL Team 6, who happens to be on board to save the planet. Mario Van Peebles is the captain of The Big Stick and has a love interest in Lt. Caroline Bradley (Johanna Watts) which is not fully developed. Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed) has a small role as General McKraken. David Polinsky starts out the film as a 4 star admiral and by the end of the film he is a three star admiral. Asylum normally confounds their naval ranking insignias. Not as good as "Battleship." The special CG effects are still Asylum grade, especially the fake looking fire on the deck of the ship.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Kid safe. 4 stars on the Asylum scale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad enough for an Asylum Studio movie but really enjoyable movie!
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Part A (as a Asylum movie): If you like Asylum movies for their ''SO BAD it's good'' factor, you will be disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Computer says No
4.0 out of 5 stars fun B movie
i thought this was a fun very watchable B movie. wanted to see weathers and peebles and thought they did great. some cheesy fx and acting but that comes with the territory. Read more
Published 1 month ago by john washington
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
stupid
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth Plough II
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 2 months ago by Ronald Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, saw part of it on Sci-fi and ...
Great movie, saw part of it on Sci-fi and could to wait to order it on line. Great movie, have not seen Mario Van Pepples in a long time.
Published 2 months ago by Van white
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I like this movie, First on Si-Fi Channel, and on video.
Published 3 months ago by Alberto Lugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
not very good special effects, but a good dvd to watch.
Published 3 months ago by Rudy Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars My father served on the USS Iowa. So I ...
My father served on the USS Iowa. So I felt a connection to this film, which I gave to him as a DVD gift.
Published 3 months ago by Soundsatdjs
1.0 out of 5 stars American Warships [Blu-Ray]
It falsely advertized on the package that the AUDIO program is [DTS-HD] and that it was in surround sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Josef H. Buerger III
4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Navy Veterans
My dad has dementia and one of the few pleasures in life are for him to watch military movies with great footage of naval ships. This movie was a 5 star in that regard. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Red45
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