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4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous but entertaining action film
Largely ridiculous but quite entertaining film, inspired by a Hasbro naval warfare video game which in turn took quite a bit of its' inspiration from the classic pen and paper game "Battleship." However, rather than being about a battle between human navies this film is a story of a battle against alien invaders.

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Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Marshall Lord

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2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effects
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...
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106 of 116 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent effects, 29 Aug. 2012
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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 The CGI is excellent but the rest of the film is mainly drivel, 12 Dec. 2014
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D. C. Hamilton "doughamilton3" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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The CGI is excellent but the rest of the film is mainly drivel. The final part is pure hokum - the "old boys" manage to fire up the Missouri's engines in a few minutes despite the ship having been a museum since Vietnam. The museum contains cordite and live shels just as one would expect in a 40 year old museum!. The shot of the crew carriying a 15 inch shell throughout the ship beacause the shell hoists wewre not working any more was pure rubbish - you can not get into a turret that way. At the end the chief moron says to the Admiral "...but I saved the world" I also did not like the peculiar commentary that overlaid most of the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous but entertaining action film, 29 Jan. 2013
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Marshall Lord (Whitehaven, UK) - See all my reviews
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Largely ridiculous but quite entertaining film, inspired by a Hasbro naval warfare video game which in turn took quite a bit of its' inspiration from the classic pen and paper game "Battleship." However, rather than being about a battle between human navies this film is a story of a battle against alien invaders.

This review is based on having watched the film at home on Blu-ray. The Blu-Ray disc has some moderately good extras and produced a very clear picture and sound.

The film opens with a prologue set in 2006, when Earth starts to beam a "Hello" radio message to a planet in another solar system, nicknamed "Planet G," which scientists believe would have the necessary conditions for intelligent life. The programme to send the signal is called the "Beacon Project" and the transmitters are based in Hawaii. Cut to a bar in Hawaii, where two brothers, Stone and Alex Hopper, (Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Kitch respectively) are drinking to celebrate the birthday of the younger brother, Alex.

An exceptionally beautiful woman, Samantha "Sam" Shane (Brooklyn Decker) who turns out to be the daughter of the admiral commanding the US fleet based at Hawaii, (Liam Neeson) comes into the bar to ask for a chicken burrito, to be told that it is one minute too late for her to order food. I'm not going to spoil the scene by explaining exactly how the smitten Alex Hopper responds but let's just say that you wouldn't believe how much trouble an attempt to get a chicken burrito one minute too late can cause, and the following morning his elder brother, who is a naval officer, says that Alex is going to join the navy where Stone can keep an eye on him.

The film then jumps forward six years to the RIMPAC 2012 international naval exercises. Stone Hopper, now the commanding officer of a US Navy destroyer, USS Sampson, and Alex, now the weapons officer of a similar destroyer, USS John Paul Jones, are taking part. Despite a somewhat less than ideal start to their acquaintance in the prologue, Sam Shane is now Alex Hopper's girlfriend, much to the disgust of her father Admiral Shane, who believes that Alex has enormous potential but is been wasting it.

At the end of the introductory section of the film the US fleet, with ships from a dozen other navies, puts to sea for the exercise, while Sam Shane, who is a physical therapist specialising in helping veterans recover from terrible injuries, takes her latest patient, Mick Canales (Gregory Gadson) a former Lieutenant Colonel who has lost both his legs and is learning to walk with prosthetics, on a hike in the countryside in Hawaii near the Beacon project transmitters.

But then an unexpected response to the Beacon Project arrives in the form of five spaceships from an unfriendly alien race referred to in the extras as the "Regents." Four of them land in the sea near Hawaii and set up a force field around the island and surrounding sea. Most of the navy ships taking part in RIMPAC 2012 are outside the force field and unable to return to Hawaii or intervene, but three destroyers - including Stone Hopper's ship and the John Paul Jones on which Alex is weapons officer - are trapped inside.

Stone, Alex, Sam, Mick and the other men and women of the earth ships inside the force field, including Petty Officer Raikes (played by Rihanna,) C.P.O Walter Lynch (John Tui) and Boatswain's Mate Jimmy Ord (Jesse Plemons) are all about to have close encounters of a violent kind ...

The title of the film could have been derived in either of two ways: the Hasbro credit to which I referred to in the first line of the review suggests an origin from the computer game and the classic game, and in fact there is a combat scene in the film which will remind those viewers who have ever played it of the pen and paper version of "Battleships." However, anyone who has watched the trailer will also be aware that the WWII battleship "Mighty Mo" (U.S.S. Missouri) which has been preserved as a museum, will have a last hurrah before the film finishes ...

I'm not going to go into any detail about how unlikely the story is, because any such discussion would inevitably involve serious spoilers. (BTW, the above description of the introduction to the film does not give away any substantial plot detail which would not already be known or obvious to anyone who had watched the trailer.) If you concentrate on watching the film, and don't allow yourself to think too much about how likely any of it is, you will very probably be able to enjoy the film.

Special effects are excellent, and the acting is reasonably good, especially from Kitch, Skarsgård, Neeson, Rihanna, and Decker, with comic relief provided by Hamish Linklater as a scientist, Cal Zapata, who has one of the best lines at the very beginning when the Beacon project signal is first sent,

"If they come here it's going to be like Columbus and the Indians, only we're the Indians."

(If he thinks that, why did he accept the job of running the Beacon Project's operation in Hawaii which is actually sending the signal? Never mind.)

The plot flows smoothly and delivers virtually non-stop action.

Yes, like so much of what Hollywood churns out these days, this film is exciting nonsense. But it is entertaining exciting nonsense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Join the Navy, save the world, get the girl and have a chicken burrito!, 30 April 2012
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Maciej "Darth Maciek" (Darth Maciek is out there...) - See all my reviews
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This film has for only purpose to entertain us and in this aspect it is highly successful. The main hero is very likeable, the leading girl charming, the display of military hardware impressive, the aliens naughty (and ugly and stupid!), the scenario doesn't make much sense, the CGI effects are EXCELLENT, US Navy is the best, US government is incompetent - in one word, everything is as it should be in a movie made to go nicely with your popcorn on a Friday evening.

The main hero, Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a troubled young man who after messing up a lot in his early life finally joined the US Navy and by some extraordinary miracle managed to become an officer in charge of weapons on board of USS "John Paul Jones", a very powerful destroyer of "Arleigh Burke" class. He is however poorly noted by his superiors and is generally considered as a disappointment and a failure. The unexpected alien invasion during a naval exercice will suddenly force him to take command ("Who is in charge? "Hooper" "We are so dead!") and lead his men into a particularly deadly fight against a vicious and resourceful enemy.

Other than his messy life style Alex Hooper has also another "problem" - his gorgeous, sculpturally beautiful girlfriend Samantha (Brooklyn Decker). She loves him, he loves her and they are engaged to be married - but her father hates his guts and for reasons which you will have to discover yourself his agreement to their marriage actually matters...

Other characters are also important: Alex's brother, Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) who is the older, responsible and organised version of Alex; Vice-Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), tough, impressive commander in chief of US Pacific Fleet; Japanese Navy Captain Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), commanding the Japanese destroyer "Myoko" and Lt. Colonel (Retired) Mick Canales (Gregory D. Gadson), a bitter US Army veteran who lost his both legs in one of recent American wars.

Rihanna makes her movie debut in this film, as Petty Officer Cora Raikes, a weapon specialist and crew member on board of USS "John Paul Jones", serving under Alex Hopper orders. She has a lot of screen time and she is VERY good! I was very pleasantly surprised by her acting and I am looking forward to see her in more films.

The display of modern weaponry is very impressive. 5-inch guns and 20mm Phalanx CIWS (Close-in Weapon System), "Harpoon" missiles and 324 mm torpedoes of American and Japanese destroyers are used generously and they give a great show. And once the old battleship USS "Missouri" enters in action with its 16-inch big guns, things get even better!

The aliens are very very agressive and naughty - although to be fair, they seem to avoid the colateral damage as much as possible, by sparing the obviously harmless oponents. They also try to rescue their own soldiers taken prisoner, which is something not so frequent in SF films. Other than that they are the "standard issue" aliens: ugly, hostile, technologically advanced in some fields but limited in others (they do not seem to grasp fully the concept of guided weapons) and last but not least abysmally, galactically, terminally stupid! BUT, in this film it actually is an asset, because it allows USS "Missouri" to engage the alien flagship in a way which reminds of the bloody and dramatic fight between HMS "Victory" and "Redoutable" at Trafalgar...

The scenario doesn't make much sense as for the reasons for this invasion which seems ultimately to be just a reconnaissance. The reason for the attack on Oahu island and the whole battle around it are even more ludicrous - as for the whole "saving the world" thing, let's just throw a veil of silence on it... A civilization able to send a scouting military expedition of five ships through interstellar space, can always send a second one, stronger and better prepared. So, there is a possibility of a sequel.

The CGI effects are really EXCELLENT! Alien ships and weapons are very well done, fights are very "realistic" and visually the film is a big success.

All fighting men and women of US forces (and the one lonely Japanese guy) are shown as heroes fighting to the end at the best of their capacities, engaging enemy with missiles first, handguns second and iron bars and bare fists after that, if necessary. In contrast, the US government is (of course!) completely incompetent, which is only normal, considering that it is chaired by a Secretary of Defense played by Peter MacNicol (yes, you read well!).

So, all in all, it is a rather succesful, quite entertaining film, with lots of good special effects, lots of good fights, two well playing hot chicks (Brooklyn Decker and Rihanna), some handsome men, a very stupid scenario, quite a lot of humour, at least one very touching moment and one very VERY dearly paid chicken burito...))) I had lots of fun watching it, although I am aware of its weaknesses - and I think that if all you need is some harmless entertainment, you will like it too. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent middle with dross for the initial and final fifteen minutes, 7 Dec. 2014
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David H J Ashdown (Wales) - See all my reviews
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If you can stomach the first twenty minutes of absolute dross about "boy - meets - girl - but - father - won't - like - him" and "enemies - later - to - become - best - buddies" and "a - disillusioned - amputee - war - veteran - later - to - think - life - is - worth - living" then the nitty gritty of the actual film about aliens landing in the ocean wanting to take over our satellite stations is really good with plenty of excellent CGI and good fast paced believable action. And , by the way , also skip the last ten minutes of sentimental drivel about how the good ole USA saved the world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Makes Independence Day look high-brow, 28 Oct. 2012
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Albatross "Never argue with idiots" (Suburbia) - See all my reviews
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Normally I quite enjoy a mindless action romp - I (sadly) managed to enjoy Skyline, Battle L.A. and even bits of Independence Day. Seeing as I'm capable of removing my brain in order to squeeze some mild enjoyment out of Danny Dyer's films, I thought I could employ the same technique with Battleship. Sadly, there wasn't a planet far enough away in the universe that I could ship my mind to in order to enjoy this film.

Taylor Kitsch plays a man who, while chatting up a girl in a bar, decides to steal her some food from a local convenience store in order to impress her. He subsequently gets arrested and then his brother informs him that he should join the navy. He does. If that isn't hard enough to believe he makes Lieutenant Commander in the next scene and ends up captaining a Battleship when it's captain gets (conveniently) killed.

Enter the aliens: they fly halfway across the universe in spaceships so advanced that they sit in the water and then only move by jumping forward in small leaps (seriously). They also only fire bombs and a few spinny disc-type things that break roads and ignore children playing baseball.

Taylor Kitsch then enlists the help of retired naval servicemen and amputees to beat up the alien threat and save the day (along with Rhianna who has a baseball cap that never leaves her head even when she jumps out of a ship and into water).

Okay, so, as with most big-budget Hollywood films, the special effects are top notch. The aliens are good, but we've seen cities being destroyed in things like Independence Day and Godzilla, plus (unfortunately) anyone who's seen the 9/11 footage has watched buildings fall down in real life, leaving Hollywood's interpretations a bit redundant. However, it's the acting that's the problem. The dialogue is so cheesy that you'll find yourself laughing at the allegedly serious lines the actors speak. Liam Neeson's part only amounts to an extended cameo.

I'm surprised the film is rated a 12 certificate, as anyone over 12 will probably feel that their intelligence has been thoroughly insulted by having this made for them. An eight year old boy may enjoy this has he has probably not seen anything better.

I guess this is what comes from making a film out of a board game. I can't wait for `Game of Life: The Movie' starring Ben Affleck and Jessie J.
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58 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as bad as I expected, 6 Aug. 2012
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battleship (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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.

Extra content: includes featurettes "Preparing for Battle", "All Hands on Deck: The Cast", and a 2-part Engage at Battle feature "Shooting at Sea", "All Aboard the Fleet". The Blu-ray includes an alternate ending with commentary by Peter Berg and a digital copy of the film - with Ultraviolet codings (UV is a digital locker for your media, you have to register an account and upload your unique product code, but then you can stream it or download it anywhere on the planet on any medium).

The CGI holds up well, even on large-scale alien ships & technology and, despite the dubious use of tsunami buoys (with a name like battleship they had to get a grid system in somewhere...) this is an entertaining film that is great for a wet afternoon. Recommended!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enemy unseen, 22 Aug. 2012
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The Transformers movies made a lot of money. They involved action and explosions. Transfomers toys come from the Hasbro company. So why not, the movie moguls decided, try and make more properties belonging to Hasbro into movies?

The rights to several of their board games were thus brought. Monopoly: the movie seems to have stalled [seriously] but Battleship: the movie [as in 'you sank my...] made it to the screen and now to dvd.

WARNING: BATTLESHIP IS A BLOCKBUSTER MOVIE. BLOCKBUSTER MOVIES FAVOUR ACTION AND SPECTACLE AND EXPLOSIONS OVER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND PLOT LOGIC.

So you really should know what to expect:

Battleship begins by touching on the belief some have that if aliens picked up all the signals we send into space and decided to come and visit, they might not do it for friendly reasons. It could be like colonists vs native americans. And we know how that turned out.

Meantime, Alex Hopper [Taylor Kitsch] is a aimless wastrel with no clue what he wants from life. To the despair of his brother who is in the navy. Attempting to impress a hot girl lands Alex in trouble with the law. And forces him to join the same branch of the services as his brother.

But the girl - the daughter of a high ranking admiral [Liam Neeson] likes him anyway.

The lesson of the movie isn't intended to be act like a jerk and you'll get a hot girlfriend. It's intended to be grow up and take responsibility for things. Which just so happens in this case to be via joining the navy.

A couple of years later and Hopper is in the navy but acting too hot headed, and in real danger of blowing his last chance to make good. But when aliens attack and he has to take charge of the only people who can fight back, will he live up to his potential?

Taylor Kitsch, as seen in John Carter, does make for a decent action lead. And Hopper isn't too annoying even at his worst moments. Rihanna aquits herself quite well in the role of chief petty officer Raikes, but it's not a part that really delivers any great acting challenges. Liam Neeson gets surprisingly little to do.

And the movie does offer excellent visuals. And lots of explosions.

But at it's heart, it does have a good dramatic idea. You're fighting and trying to destroy an enemy. But you can't see them. And they're trying to do the same to you. Thus, following on from this, the film does have one scene that actually pays homage to the board game, and does it in a very clever manner. Resulting in a scene that has a great amount of tension and is genuinely gripping.

The rest of the movie offers, as mentioned, good action and spectacle. And a reasonable bunch of characters. But won't live in the mind for quite as long. This is ultimately a capable enough action movie, but nothing more. Save for that one scene. If you want a good bit of empty escapism, it should suffice.

Be aware that there is an extra scene after the end credits.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, Hindi.

Subtitles: English, Icelandic, Arabic, Hindi.

The disc begins with quite a few trailers, but you can skip them via the next button on the dvd remote.

It has one solitary extra, which is nothing more than a two minute long trailer/advert for a videogame based on the film.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TOTAL EXCREMENT, 10 Jan. 2013
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Liam Neeson was the best thing in it. Shoot em up fun all in all bright and colourful etc but the acting is awful. Leads are weak and I mean totally weak even wooden. I took nearly 4 hours to watch this as I had to bury my head between my knees and rock in a corner a few times. Only watched because I paid money to rent it. I can't believe that this film is so well received.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A movie so bad it's almost good! But it's not. Honest., 27 May 2014
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This film's script feels like it's been written by an eleven year old for school homework, and then accidentally swapped with a proper Hollywood script somehow. How did it ever get made? Seriously?!? There are more plot holes in the story than there are solid pieces. (e.g. Why do the aliens constantly let the humans get away from them unharmed, time after time when they are totally at their mercy, only to later try and kill them but fail.)
This is the only film that has ever made me laugh out loud because it is so badly made and so cheesy. (And I've seen Transformers 2...) The moment when the "old timers" walk up to Harper on the USS Missouri still makes me laugh in it's silliness. This film feels like a poorly made US Navy recruiting film.
At least with Transformers 2 you will probably like the main characters, but in this they just come across as annoying and dumb.
This film is at least worth watching to make you appreciate more deeply all other filmmaking you will ever see.
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