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An entertaining film that follows the alien invader formula,
This review is from: Battleship (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
I can remember as a younger father playing the Hasbro game with my kids. I also have a vague recollection of playing a version as a kid myself using a pencil and paper but that could be just dead brain cells floating around. Speaking of dead brain cells...with a movie like "Battleship" it is usually a good idea to set the bar low (pick a Michael Bay movie) and just relax. For me, I use the second "Transformers" movie "Revenge of the Fallen" as my standard.
Here we have some early scenes that actually aren't bad and begin to flesh out the characters. The focus is on bad boy, Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) who somehow becomes a U. S. Navy officer at the insistence of his big brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) who already is a Commander. Unless memory again fades, having been in the Navy myself it is unlikely that they would accept a drunken felon into their officer corps (i.e. Alex) but maybe things have changed.
While this is a minor nit not worth picking, there are so many other flawed aspects of the film, it can't be taken seriously. The good news is that the movie is wildly, if absurdly, entertaining. It is decently constructed with a beginning, middle and an end. The movie is extremely loud at times, especially when the alien visitors take offense at being threatened and launch their razor sharp ball bearing thingies. I mean, the Earthlings did invite them, right? All is well that ends well, especially when you have the mothballed (yet battle ready!) U.S.S. Missouri easily launched with a skeleton crew (pun intended).
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2012 4:09:18 AM PDT
James A. Connor says:
This is a movie about aliens attacking the US Navy. It's not supposed to be taken seriously; it's supposed to be fun.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2012 5:38:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2013 5:17:41 AM PDT
M. Oleson says:
See above: "wildly...entertaining." I don't see your point.
Posted on Aug 3, 2012 8:04:44 PM PDT
I saw an awful lot of the beginning of the Star Trek reboot and/or An Officer and a Gentleman in this one. Then add a little Independence Day, members of The Greatest Generation and a real-life hero (Army - yay!) for Patriotic stirrings and you have a pretty good popcorn movie. I agree with your review and rating. I plan on buying this after it has been out for a while and gone down in price some.
Posted on Sep 10, 2012 9:54:00 AM PDT
Greg Kingsley says:
The acting that shouted "dufus" the most was on the observatory mountain. The woman is hiding from ET, by the wrecked jeep and whimpering and shaking one minute and a few seconds later she is all brave trying to calm the nerd down. She must have taken her underdog super energy pill! I can almost hear the director waving his hands and saying "More like Top Gun, More like Top Gun!" as our hero suddenly becomes intelligent under pressure, and glares at the aliens! I enjoyed the movie, but it was like getting a Chinese knock off of a popular toy like "battleship" where the pegs don't quite fit in the ship! lol
Posted on Jun 6, 2013 12:39:52 AM PDT
Canticle For Leibowitz says:
It was oddly entertaining, given its absurdities...the first film aliens I've seen who seemed to need a shave...nice thing about dvd's or streaming is that you can mute and fast forward when necessary...and M. Oleson I would like to know more about those "flawed technical aspects of the film," thanks for a good intelligent review!
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 2:07:13 PM PDT
M. Oleson says:
CFL: Thanks for your comments. I think you caught me using an adjective ("technical") where I shouldn't have. I was thinking more in the lines of getting the battleship to sea at the end of the movie and the idea of Lt. Hopper (Kitsch) in such a key position knowing his background. Although it's been over a year since I watched the movie and wrote the review, a couple other things come to mind. How does a large, high speed spaceship get destroyed by a small man-made satellite? Why do the aliens attack a highway overpass instead of wiping out the remaining ships? The whole idea of the aliens' aversion to light raises a host of questions as to how they are dominant on their Earth-like planet. From a technical perspective as it relates to the movie making, it's pretty damn good. The CGI is first rate and convincing and certainly the transfer to Blu ray is superior to much of what is out there. And the audio is first rate as well. Thanks for calling this to my attention. I have deleted the word in my review.
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