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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Movie Review: Battle: Los Angeles
Todd and I recently watched this and my goodness, I'm glad we didn't spend the $6748967 dollars it takes to see a movie in a theater these days. I love movies that depict a battle between good and evil, and I like blow 'em up, shoot 'em up movies as well. But this was just... ho hum, regardless of all the explosions and alien battles.
Oh, by the way, it's about an alien battle. Aliens come to suck Earth dry, quasi-literally, since they want to use our oceans as fuel (there is a joke about going green here somewhere, I just know it). Starring as a nearly-retired marine is the older, wiser, gruff-voice-from-so-much-screaming Sargeant Nantz, played by Aaron Eckhart, and he demonstrates his skill and his blah blah and his fortitude and his ho hum as he eventually takes over for his more amateur superior. There's a token female marine played by Michelle Rodriguez and another token female veterinarian played by Bridget Moynahan and some other people who play other characters. Everyone is dusty and scared and all the other major California cities are blown to pieces except LA which is just weird because isn't LA the first place we'd all like to disappear?
Sorry to be harsh but the movie is entirely too long, entirely one note and the ending just made Todd and I throw up our hands in exasperation. Due to our schedules, it took us three evenings to finish the damn thing and after all that invested time we felt sort of ripped off. And between you and me, they don't even give Eckhart a chance to be super cute like he is so it was a let down on several fronts.
Final review: D+