Unlike I am Number 4, Battle: Los Angeles, my most anticipated movie of the 2011 year does not disappoint!
The story is simple, an alien force has landed in our oceans around 20 major cities, one of which is Los Angeles, and they begin to form a beachhead as their alien military forces move inland decimating the human population. Marines from Camp Pendleton are sent in to save the day and a battle royale ensues! This film is an action packed rock’em sock’em flick that borrows its filming style from Black Hawk Down. If you liked Black Hawk Down, then you are going to love this film, except this time our marines are fighting some bad aliens who pack some heavy duty projectile weapons instead of Somalis. The focus of the film is on a platoon of marines who are sent into West Los Angeles to rescue some civilians who are trapped in a police station. On the way in and on the way out, the marines and the United States military get more than they bargained for when battling the aliens. Although outnumbered and outgunned, the marine platoon lets the aliens know that they were there.
Battle: Los Angeles is a no holds bar war film, in the vein of Black Hawk Down, Big Red One, All Quiet on the Western Front and a host of other films. This movie is told from the perspective of the grunts on the front line. They have no special knowledge or connection to the big picture whatsoever, which sets it apart from the other popular alien invasion films Independence Day. Unlike Independence Day, which was played tongue and cheek to some extent, Battle: Los Angeles takes itself very seriously and has very little humor save for a joke here and there. Roshawn pointed out an interesting fact, which I agreed with was that the aliens in this film are beatable and that there is hope. Some alien invasion films create a nemesis so powerful that there is no hope for victory, which leads to some far fetched solutions see Skyline for as an example. Better yet, wait until Skyline comes on television first! LOL!
This movie is worth the price of admission for matinee or regular viewings, so go check it out! I think my buddy Jay and his sons liked it as well, so I look forward to hearing their views.
Grade: A- : I originally was going to give it a B+ because there was a lot of shaky cam in the beginning, which I hate, but I figured I shouldn’t make the content of the movie suffer for the film maker’s film shooting decision.