Apr 13, 2011
BATTLE LOS ANGELES (2011)
If we are going to talk about alien movies, the truth is no one can make an alien movie that 100% original anymore. Most of us will immediately compare it with “Independence Day” (1996) for alien Invasion or Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982) for more friendly alien. Yep, it’s only two categories. In summary, the rest is follower. Thiz movie is closer to the first one. From the first minute, it’s very clear we will only see through a single perspective. A staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) is given an assignment to assist 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon. Their objective is to deploy to City of Los Angeles and defends from alien aggression. I could easily say that thiz movie effectively drags us into the middle of specific situation, where we will be able to experience what it feels like to be one of those U.S. marines in that war zone. Thiz experience is just like when we are playing one of those video games such as ”Counter Strike”, "Half-Life" and "Call of Duty". We are forced to take a role in it, to be anxious and worrying when alien sneaking nearby, or think along what should be the best strategies to evacuate a group of civilians, and finally how to find their weakness and use it to fight back. Like all the alien movies, thiz new form of alien also has a weakness. In “Independence Day” they defeat it by installing the computer virus into their mothership, meanwhile in “Mars Attacks!” (1996) they destroy it by playing a song! Find out yourself, what is the weakness on thiz version of alien. The Director is Jonathan Liebesman. Liebesman is previously known for “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” in 2006. The rest of the Cast members are Ramon Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, Ne-Yo, Bridget Moynahan and many more. The Director seems to be very skillful in using hand-held camera techniques, no matter how shaky the picture is, we could still see it comfortably. The only disappointment is that in the movie trailer it showed alien arrivals caused mass panic from some of the famous cities all over the world, and we also saw a dynamic ‘Breaking News’ style which makes us think that thiz movie is a worldwide apocalyptic movies. Well, it doesn’t happen that way, you are just about to follow a platoon of soldiers. The focus is simply smaller.
Stars : 6/10
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