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American Warships (2011)

Mario Van Peebles , Carl Weathers , Thunder Levin  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers
  • Directors: Thunder Levin
  • Format: 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BS38QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,124 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 22 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 15 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
2.0 out of 5 stars American Rattletrap Ships November 29, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Not all at similar to "Battleship" Hasbros Production. The Movie is less than B rated, the Ships looked phony or bad, the acting was really put on and terrible, The Navy Seals in this were not like the real Navy Seals, the "Martians" were like real bad puppets, the plot left a whole lot to be desired and not even 1/10th as cool as "Battleship". Yep I bought it even after reading some bad reviews and they were right on the money as far as the critical ones went. If you have seen both "American Warships" and "Battleship" then "Battleship" has to have been superior.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This was produced in 2012???? June 1, 2012
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I have heard of low budget films, but I could have paid for this movie out of one paycheck. Godzilla of the 50's and 60's was more believable and creatinve than this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About as Good as "Battleship" Maybe Even Better July 7, 2012
Format:DVD
Nothing could have surprised me more than coming to this conclusion, especially after having sat through nearly a dozen trailers for other The Asylum movies I'd never want to watch even if someone paid me to do so, but just this one time it appears the mockbuster beats the blockbuster: Battleship...

or at least wrestles it to a draw.

Of course the victory doesn't come through special effects, soundtrack, or star power, as plenty of other reviewers have noted, but rather in the area of acting and plot.

Though it might be stretching things to use the term "plausible" when talking about battleship versus space aliens, the plot of American Warships (according to the "making of" featurette originally titled "American Battleship", presumably changed under threat of lawsuit) struck me as by far the more plausible:

SPOILER ALERT!

Sneaky space aliens equipped with EMP weapons and cloaking devices attempt to trick USA and China into World War III by launching attacks against both sides beginning in the area of the Korean Theater but are foiled by USS Iowa's pre-integrated-circuits systems, her captain's (Mario Van Peebles') dogged, The Enemy Below like pursuit of an enemy he can neither see nor otherwise detect except by wake or physical touch, and the stubborn, relentless determination of her outmatched but unwilling to admit it crew, including a Seal Team OTHER THAN 6 with something to prove and a surprisingly enthusiastic (and very helpful) civilian volunteer.

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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst movies of all time
I was stuck at home one day nursing an ankle injury and spent the early afternoon watching this movie. I did not know that it was possible to create a movie as bad as this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Oldguy
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
The special effects, story line, and the acting are all horrible and I wouldn't waste my time or money watching it.
Published 1 month ago by Boo in TX
4.0 out of 5 stars American Warships
It was a good show but just did not meet my level for science fiction thriller, will keep it and maybe watch it again later.
Published 3 months ago by sherlock
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love science fiction and special effects this will do.
In the 50's and 60's there were B Movies by small studios and independent company. This feels like one. Cast of lesser known actors with special effects. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel J. Key
5.0 out of 5 stars action
good movie for all of my family. enjoyed the story line and the actors that played in the movie. would recommend for families.
Published 4 months ago by nancy rich
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor movie
Poor acting, poor story line, poor props, and an overall waste of time. Not something that would entertain many people
Published 4 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Hokey
Love the battleships in modern drama, but they lose me when the 16-inch turrets swing around like bats in a World Series game!
Published 5 months ago by Robert S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I've seen this movie & I wanted to own it. I love war movies & especially if they are based on history.
Published 6 months ago by Michele Porta
5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICAN WARSHIPS ON DVD
THIS MOVIE HAD MANY HARSH REVIEWS. BUT I AND MY COMPANY THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. DIDN'T THINK LESS OF IT BECAUSE OF THE BATTLESHIP MOVIE COMING OUT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B L
5.0 out of 5 stars American Warships
This movie represents a clear understanding of the need of the old fashion Battleship analog no digital networks . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tim Dehoogh
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