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Battleship [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
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No, its not full of deep character development. No, its not full of edge-of-seat plot twists.
But it is a big-screen movie event - lots of action and explosion backed up with loud effects. An enjoyable storyline that, coupled with the effects and likeable characters, is more than sufficient to suspend disbelief for 2 hours as you enjoy the ride.
Characters are likeable, and even a few funny moments before and during the alien battles.
The aliens are not indestructible - so there's enough of a threat whilst allowing for a two-way fight without descending into a deus-ex machina ending (no War of the Worlds get-out clause needed, no Independence Day "decipher alien network protocols and write an alien virus inside an hour having drunk half a bottle of whiskey).
Loved the nods to the board game (the alien weaponry looking like the little pegs you stick into the battleships, plus the grid use for trying to intercept the moving alien vessels).
At 0:27:46, Sam, played by Brooklyn Decker, says to a double amputee, Lt Col Mick Canales (played well by Gregory D Gadson): "I'm sensing a lot of anger ... in you". Really? WTF!!! You can see she was doing her best not to laugh out loud at the utter silliness of that statement & this film.
After that it improved, but not by much. They even had geriatrics go into battle against an intelligent life form, in a museum standard ship. Yeah Right! The US Navy were probably the financiers of this film, otherwise there's no point to it.
Rihanna held her own. Better than average performance. I expect to see her in more acting roles after this.
It is unlike some says not just a generic Action flick, we are looking at a Movie based on a Boardgame, one of the most simple ones, one that is older than almost anyone watching the movie and starring in the movie, except maybe the USS Missouri Crew and Liam Neeson.
There is no turn of events that isn't predictable, there is no moment where you are surprised, it is an Action Movie for Pete sake, it is not supposed to be, simply enjoy great effects(Not you Lens Flares, you go back in your corner), good acting(Yes even Rihanna did a decent job, still better then the one they casted for transformers 3), and some good old Action.
Real Navy Battleships, in a great feel good popcorn Sci Fi movie.
Very Transformers + Top Gun + New Star Trek.
Excellent effects, some nice acting, and the great cast includes real war-heros.
I have never watched a film with so many factual and continuity errors, yet it was strangely appealing.
Visually impressive yet silly and a good soundtrack.
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