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Battleship [DVD] [2012]

Liam Neeson , Brooklyn Decker , Peter Berg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Icelandic, Hindi
  • Dubbed: Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (408 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006GD7486
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Following the success of Transformers and G.I. Joe, Hasbro brings another of its beloved properties to the big screen, with explosive and cheerfully improbable results. The situation: Aliens splash down outside Hawaii, surrounding the islands with an impenetrable force field and wreaking havoc on the captive population. While the world outside watches helplessly, a skeleton crew of naval officers and civilians (led by Taylor Kitsch's cocky washout and Rihanna's weapons expert) must figure out a way to save the planet while being seriously outgunned. Director Peter Berg, whose previous films The Rundown and Hancock displayed a playful tweaking of genre conventions, keeps things surprisingly high and tight here, depicting military tactics and the chain of command with an honest respect, including casting actual combat veterans in pivotal supporting roles. While such a reverent approach is certainly admirable, it coexists uneasily with the inherent goofiness of the premise, particularly during the climactic scene where the heroes sit down in front of a grid and, yes, fire a missile at B7. (Note: Nobody actually gets to say "You sunk my battleship," but Liam Neeson, in an extended cameo as an admiral, sure looks like he wants to.) However, while the narrative might be missing a few pieces, Berg's film undeniably delivers the action-movie goods, staging a number of all-out combat scenes with verve and ingenuity. (Special kudos to whoever designed the main weapon of the aliens, a razor-toothed sphere of gears that chews up the scenery with a tangible sense of delight.) Audiences looking for coherence may need to keep on looking, but Battleship definitely sports the maximum number of bangs for the summer-movie buck. Bring on Kerplunk: The Motion Picture. --Andrew Wright

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effects 29 Aug 2012
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
An immature moron joins the US navy, despite his obvious failings he attains an officer's rank and is given a position of considerable responsibility. He even manages to meet a female moron and the two get together. Aliens attack Earth but because they're morons they attack Earth on the very spot where multi national Naval forces have met up to conduct exercises. The two forces clash and the movie provides the viewer with a special effects extravaganza of blockbuster proportions. The effects are eye popping and the Alien beings look great. The screenplay provides levels of violence for fifteen year olds along with logic and dialogue for five year olds. In the end, the human morons win.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No! 12 Sep 2012
Top Gun meets Transformers and fails in a big way! Wooden acting and a poor story line. The only thing of merit were the special effects. Save your money and wait for it to appear on tv. It won't be a long wait.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as bad as I expected 6 Aug 2012
Battleship is the story of the RIMPAC joint-naval exercises that are rudely interrupted by an alien invasion. The Aliens set-up some sort of force-field around the Hawaiian islands, separating the John-Paul-Jones and a couple of other ships from the main navy. It becomes clear that the aliens are trying to contact home using the satellite array on Oahu and the only thing standing between the aliens and the array are a bunch of rag-tag survivors. Can they stop this invasion?

Well, first off a lot of people have likened this to Halo and they are pretty much correct. The aliens are pretty unimaginative, they just look like any number of FPS video game characters (Halo, Crysis & Haze all have similar suits & visors) but with some dactyl-alteration. This film stars Rihanna and Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and surprisingly, Ri-Ri is not that bad, despite only having simple response lines ("Yes Sir, right away") but there are no scenes that hinge on her emotional performance. Liam Neeson provides a decent rendition of a stern but heartfelt Naval Admiral. The story runs in two arcs: the battle between the ships (clue's in the title) and the land-based advance on the satellite facility. It's fairly linear, but the revival of the U.S. Missouri ('The Big MO') set to AC/DC's thunderstruck was awesome and some points were pretty poignant.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cackleship 26 Oct 2012
By D. Krol TOP 1000 REVIEWER
having looked forward to seeing this for ages I finally got around to watching it. All I can say is what a MASSIVE disappointment it was.

First off, The Good things:
The special effects were mind blowingly awesome, some of the alien ships and weapons were just fantastic and looked so real on screen. And that's it!

The Bad things: Almost everything else, the script was laughable, it stole almost every cliche in the book and used them all 5 times. The dialogue was ridiculous, some of the (edited for a 12 certificate) one liners were beyond belief. The acting was attrocious for a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. Rhianna being the biggest culprit, whoever thought this girl could act needs to go see a doctor, she was awful. They also used several real life Navy veterans in the film all of which, were as wooden as an average shelf and even the old masters like Liam Neeson and Peter Macnicol were given so little screen time, they may as well not have been there.

Some of the scenes in the film were so bad they defy description. The scene where the real life Navy vets were introduced, standing at the various points on the USS Missourri is one of the corniest scenes ever put onto film. The fight scene with the real life Navy commander, (the one with the metal legs) and the 8ft armour clad alien, just has to be seen to be believed. it had me wincing with embarrasment. And lets not even talk about the scene where the captain tells his crew to drop one anchor to make the ship skid (Yes skid) out of the way of a barrage of missiles coming thier way. I swear, I thought I was a stigmatic because my eyes literally bled at that scene.

The aliens in the film are a million times more advanced than the humans and yet, they are completely devoid of any intelligence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 28 May 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The movie was slightly cheesy in some parts, but overall a BRILLIANT film!

worth a watch for anyone who enjoyed Pacific Rim or films like that.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Battleship meets Halo 14 April 2012
By The Man
I saw the trailer and I didnt think it looked bad but it didnt really interest me enough to go and see it at the cinema. I was dragged along with my dad, brother and his friend and dad. I am glad I went.

As you all know, there have been MANY alien invasion-type movies being and have been released in the past year and this year, but among them stands a box office giant, and that movie is Battleship. The story is set around a naval fleet that accidentally makes contact with aliens known as "The Regent." Soon, the world is thrown into chaos as these creatures have a hidden agenda of which did not involve human presence, which is now to be dealt with in the most severe way; annihilation.

The acting all around was good. Taylor Kitsch was great, I've heard about him before but I've never actually seen any of his movies but he was great in this one. Liam Neeson, for the parts he was in, was fantastic as he always is. Rihanna wasn't as bad as I thought she was going to be and considering this is her first movie I think she did pretty well.

Peter Berg did a fantastic job directing this movie, he used a wide range of camera angles to show us everything that was going on. The sound fx and design was astounding and the soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky was superb too. All in all I think that Battleship isn't as original as something like Inception but it's still a great summer blockbuster and it's definitely worth watching on the big screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased all round, everything was easy. Would recommend and use again. A++++++++++++++
Published 2 days ago by P. Joyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good film
Published 8 days ago by jojo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice film !
Published 9 days ago by Lars Jönlid
4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad film, as long as you can suspend belief
not a bad film, as long as you can suspend belief, this is the same story line as other Alien invasions where the bad guys figure out how to travel across billions of miles of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lm
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sci fi action films ever!
fun, time flies, cool effects
cool colour scheme
rihanna is cool
Liam Neeson is cool
Published 13 days ago by R.Potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Basic story turns into American cheese fest.
Published 13 days ago by Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by pollyanna
5.0 out of 5 stars WTF was that all about?
This movie cannot be reviewed positively regarding 'content' or 'dialogue' or any of the usual parameters - because it would fail outright, deservedly. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Tim
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch it for the special effects if nothing else
Well after all the negative reviews I skipped the first 25 mins which were generally just fluff and got to the bit I wanted to see - the special effects... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jack Tarr
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pass, could have been a whole lot better
Published 16 days ago by paul
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