Tuesday, August 9, 2011

movie: Battle Los Angeles

Extraterrestrials invade. They are assholes. Our army fights them.

A tried and true Hollywood sci formula if there is one.

I really wanted to like this movie. I was excited about finally seeing it. I expected to be blown away, given what I'd heard about its supposed awesomeness.

Our reaction was more like - meh.

What this movie does really well is realism. We follow a group of soldiers onto the battleground as they fight. They move from building to building and shoot things and try to figure out how to foil the invasion. There are explosions and such.

The most obvious comparison is Independence Day, but that movie was more compelling. The characters were more developed. The story was more interesting too.

Battle Los Angeles gets a little stale after the first half hour or so. It becomes a lot of the same thing over and over. Points are also deducted for the use of the same sound effect they used for the aliens in Independence Day. Lame.

The special effects were good. The aliens were creepy.

Battle Los Angeles gets a C+.

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