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Good fun, but .....
, 12 July 2011
This review is from: Battle: Los Angeles [DVD]  (DVD)
the claims made by actors, directors etc (in 'Special Features') shows that their knowledge of the 'War' and 'Sci-Fi' genres is limited.
There is nothing really unique in the movie, sorry.
The 'drama-doc' type filming was done (much better) in Saving Private Ryan. The aliens here are a mix of several previous fims (including the exo-skeleton from Independence Day), as are their craft (Independence Day again).
Yes, it's a 100mph all-action US 'ain't we great' offering, and I suspect the target audience is US Redneck - too much 'Hoo-hah', 'Go Marines', 'Retreat Hell no'. As a result the plot is weak.
I'm a sci-fi fan (although I prefer books), and the 'sci' is worse than non-existent. Worse because we hear statements from 'a scientist' like : 'It's the composition of our water that's unique' - a statement that would have any 12 year-old here laughing, and : '... no other locations in our know universe have liquid H2O (that's the science bit) anywhere near their surface ...' - a statement that would have anyone with even a basic knowledge of the Universe weeping in despair. Our own Milky Way is just a miniscule part of the Universe, and there are tens of thousands of Earth-like planets in it (see The Drake Equation for more info)
Perhaps that's just too much for the average US citizen (or even our own) to comprehend.
But for all that Hollywood dumbness, it's worth watching - for a laugh. If you're being pursued by better armed, better equipped, more technically advanced killing machines, it's best to stay quiet. Not this lot. They spend all their time shouting, screaming, yelling, and banging into things. All actions guaranteed to attract the pursuers. Back in the 1970's, the US Marines we (Royal or 'Real' Marines) played 'war games' with could never work out how we knew they were coming, and how they could never find us until we ambushed them. Simple - we heard them coming from miles away - and we kept quiet. Stealth, not 'Shock'n Awe' always wins the day in the real world.
I'll close with the film's most ridiculous statement. While ripping one of the aliens apart (again - it's been done before - with identical 'goo'), one of our heroes states ; 'It's unlike anything I've seen before !'. Well... yes. It's an alien.
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