Excerpt: "Battle: Los Angeles" is a very, very silly movie. In fact, it's kind of stupid - but not joyously so. It's a movie with one hook - a faux-documentary feel to following a group of Marines during an alien invasion. It tries to wring absolutely everything it can out of that photography choice and it is often nauseating and headache inducing.
Conclusion: Battle: Los Angeles is a mixed bag of goods no matter how you look at it. For some, the film was a critical flop. For others, like some of my friends and I, we got lost in the non-stop military action and immensely enjoyed every minute of the movie’s runtime. Whatever your take on the film is, there’s no denying the Blu-ray shines (doesn’t sparkle because it’s not Twilight ) with its superb, near-reference quality video presentation, the bombastic (this time around...
Excerpt: “I’m a veterinarian.” Let’s take that line and put it into context. Aliens from… well, space, have invaded. A group of Marines is sent in to rescue trapped civilians from a soon to be destroyed front line. Our troops find an injured alien, some type of mechanical/flesh hybrid, and decide to do a quick autopsy to find the easiest way to kill them. Makes sense, right? That’s when Michele (Bridget Moynahan) asks to help because, you guessed it, she’s a vet.
Excerpt: The Film It is hard not to judge an alien invasion film by what has landed before. Each new arrival seems to build on the past stories. H.G. Wells original concept with his novel War of the Worlds was actually a response to European imperialism, providing a narrative that could help show what it is like to be the invaded party.
Excerpt: For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sighting around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected.
Excerpt: Battle: Los Angeles begins by thrusting us straight into the action. A platoon of marines braces themselves in a chopper, under heavy fire from forces unknown. A look out the back shows a scene of massive destruction, fire raining down from the sky, chaos all around. For a few moments, right there, the movie seems like it’s on the right path.
Excerpt: "Battle: Los Angeles" isn't an alien invasion film, it's a military picture with the occasional alien appearance. The marketing trumpets a global perspective on trespassing extraterrestrials, but the picture actually takes place almost entirely in Santa Monica, boiling down a sense of massive widescreen scope to a few city miles, placing the audience into the driver's seat as a besieged platoon attempts to defend themselves against an unknown enemy.
Excerpt: The pitch for Battle: Los Angeles must have sounded great: Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day , an alien invasion told from a grunt’s-eye view. Here again, elite soldiers off swarms of insurgent warriors, but not on the streets of Mogadishu: in the familiar pockets of L.A. sprawl, which are rendered like the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Call Of Duty .