Battle: Los Angeles
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Witness the end of civilization unfold as hostile alien invaders attack the planet. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. Now it's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered in this epic sci-fi action film.
Battle: Los Angeles is a war movie first, science fiction second. It's got it all: a burned-out retiring sergeant who gets drawn back in because, dammit, the Marines need him; the guy who's about to get married; the guy who's still a virgin; the guy suffering from shell shock and who just might crack; the newbie officer with a lot of book learning who you just know is going to freeze under pressure and have to be shepherded by that burned-out sergeant, who learned his lessons on the battlefield… and so much more. There's not a moment in this movie you haven't seen before--the only twist is that the enemy is alien, so whatever shred of concern you might have for raining heavy artillery on a fellow human being can be cheerfully cast aside. But clichés are clichés because they are efficient and effective, and despite the profound familiarity of Battle: Los Angeles, there's no denying the movie rips along (though two-thirds of the way through you may have forgotten who was the virgin and who was the shell-shocked guy--but really, does it matter?). The look owes a debt to District 9, a hand-held, vérité grittiness, with most of the CGI carefully given a dingy, dirty look so that it meshes with the urban landscape. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) does an impressive job of spitting out ham-fisted dialogue like he really, really means it, while the rest of the cast is suitably generic. This is an unrepentant love letter to the military; many viewers, faced with the unsettling chaos and moral ambiguities of real wars, will find this mythologizing not only soothing, but even moving. --Bret Fetzer
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In my opinion, those who have a problem with this film probably have a problem with a film portraying any branch of the military in a positive light.
All right, Lockett. You wanna go there. Let's go there. I commanded men and men died. Kids. 19 years old. The best men I ever led. Do you think for a second I wouldn't rather trade places with them? I know you think I got my men killed. They're dead. I'm here. Like the punchline to some bad joke. You think I like that? Do you think a minute goes by that those faces aren't right here
[points to head]
President Thomas Whitmore: It's a fine line between standing behind a principle and hiding behind one. You can tolerate a little compromise, if you're actually managing to get something accomplished.
George Beckworth: Petersen, what was all that talk about the enemy building ladders and coffins?
Sgt. Petersen: Well, when Charlie knows he's got a nice box to be buried in, he's just as brave as hell.
George Beckworth: What about the ladders?
Sgt. Petersen: They throw the ladders across the wire to get at us. And later on, they use them for litters to stack on and carry away the dead bodies.
George Beckworth: Later on... you mean after everybody's dead?
Sgt. Petersen: Yes, everybody. Men... women... and children. Everybody.
If you like those type of films, you will also like this one. Personally, I would not buy it, just rent it. I don't believe it is the type of film I would want in my permanent library.
The movie is supposedly based on a "real" story about aliens that attacked Los Angeles in the 1040s. The first part of the movie sets up the storyline which explains that a platoon of marines are risking their lives to rescue some trapped civilians in Los Angeles during this alien invasion. The remainder 95% is pure action.
If you like action war movies, you will love this one. Lots of fighting, lots of killing, happy ending. What is really refreshing is that they managed to make a very realistic movie without all the blood and gore so many movies depend on these days. Killings are not close up, and even the aliens are only seen at a distance. My husband watched it again the next night with my 11-year-old grandson who liked it as well. He pointed out that this movie has nowhere near the amount of violence in it that our grandson's video games have. There are a few swear words (which I'm never thrilled about), but they are very limited and nothing terribly offensive...no "F" word (which is where I draw the line). There are a couple of human-interest stories about the characters, and the movie has just a hint of "Independence Day" flavor about it (without the humor). I won't spoil the end, but you'll know what I mean when you watch it.
All-in-all, it was well worth buying. I'm not sure where we were when this came out in theaters, but I'm surprised we hadn't heard of the movie till recently. I guess it didn't win any awards for story or acting, but the special effects make up for anything that might be lacking there.
This set comes with both the regular DVD and the BluRay disks.