Excerpt: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES The shaky-cam is coming, the shaky-cam is coming! Jonathan Liebesman directs his alien-invasion saga Battle: Los Angeles as if he were having a violent seizure, wedding whiplash faux-war-documentary aesthetics to a Michael Bay cocktail of ooh-rah military romanticism, quick-stroke melodrama and seesawing CG mayhem.
Excerpt: The seminal alien invasion movie, 1953’s The War of the Worlds , contained an actual idea, but now the genre bends one of two ways: Either it broadcasts ironic messages about brotherly love, or it’s simply a war movie in disguise, albeit of the politically correct, war-without-borders kind. Battle: Los Angeles doesn’t pretend to be anything else. It’s a hopped-up war movie, where the only solutions involve giant explosions.
Conclusion: Pretty much cardboard, down to the heroic patriotic speeches, and less distinctive even than last year’s scarcely stellar Skyline, which trashed the same city. Things blow up good and Eckhart is a classier actor than his role warrants, but we’ve all been here before.
Excerpt: "Battle: Los Angeles" is good at a few things: making sure the plot is abundantly clear, and producing loud noises to accompany the greatest array of CGI army vehicles and artillery ever known to man. Only a few clicks into the running time, the mind numbs, and your time is invaded by boredom. The inordinate amounts of action will only provide service to pubescent teens seeking the same experience as their video games.
Excerpt: Once again I found myself sliding a BluRay into the PS3 with very low expectations for my night ahead. Battle: Los Angeles has a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and nobody that I know has had anything good to say about it. But hey, I’m a sucker for a night of brain dead Hollywood action and alien CGI, so why not? Battle: Los Angeles is pretty much the same as every other alien invasion film that has been produced in the last 10 years or so.