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American Warships

3.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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

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Product Details

  • 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:
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  • Studio: The Asylum
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BS38QM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 18, 2012
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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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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This movie (if it can be called that), is absolutely terrible... even with the foreknowledge that it is an intentionally cheap rip-off of the big budget movie 'Battleship' which is failing in American theaters as I write this.

I thought I might enjoy American Warship as a low budget comical contrast to the awful very-nearly un-watchable $200 million utter-nonsense that Hasbro's Battleship turned out to be, and then was surprised that this film was so much worse, SO much worse, that I regret the time I spent in viewing it.

American Warship's story is slightly different, but exactly as bad as Battleship the movie IMO, so I can't really fault it in that department -- I got what I expected.

But the acting and writing/dialogue was orders of magnitude worse than it's big budget counterpart to the point that I was cringing through most scenes and felt sorry for the actors who were forced to say terrible lines.

The effects were HORRENDOUSLY bad, and inexplicably inconsistent as the FX companies who worked on this obviously had access to the correct CGI models to use, but got the planes mixed up from shot to shot. Sometimes there were air force planes on the carrier instead of navy planes. Sometimes in aerial combat a two engine plane would switch to a single engine and then back from shot to shot as if nobody would notice.

All the CGI was terribly lit and textured anyway, the CGI particle splash and explosion effects were awful and also heavily reused so you'd see the same bad splash effect over and over as you watched the movie. Since probably little to no money was spent on these effects, one wonders why not make a few more different versions for use in the film.
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