Battle: Los Angeles is a American military movie disguised as an alien invasion film. It’s a means of glorifying the bravery, sacrifice and honour of being in the US Military and such should be watched with that in mind. Infact, even though there is the factor of alien ships devastating the cities of Earth and carrying away our water and aliens fighting with humans, it could just as easily be an army of another country fighting/invading the US or a band of terrorists attacking US soil.
That’s not to say that this is a bad film or that I didn’t like it. However I wanted to watch it, just like I wanted to watch Skyline, mainly due to the alien invasion angle. However the current trend is to de-personalize the aliens, make them as (forgive this word) Alien as possible and not show anything like language or emotion from them. This gives the whole war angle a more human centric angle and glorifies the humans fighting against an almost unseen & relentlessly brutal enemy, much like emotional less machines.
Now onto the movie, here is what I like about it – it is a great war movie! It’s realistic in the fighting and interactions between the soldiers. People do die and in this case, a character I expected to die lives and one I expected to live dies! There’s even a scene that made me look for Will Smith to arrive – the unit finds a wounded alien and they find they weak point in the torso, which gives them a target. Had it been Will Smith, he would have pounded the alien, wrapped it in his parachute and dragged it across the desert.
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman, and starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Ne-Yo, Ramon Rodriguez, and Bridget Moynahan, the movie is fast paced and there is never a dull moment. I’m gonna say this, Eckhart is brilliant in this movie and that is saying a lot as he usually does a bang up job in all of his films. After a lot of destruction, deaths and the unit being shrunk down to just a handful, the soldiers led by Eckhart’s character find a strategy to beat the aliens – blow up their command center while leaves their unmanned drones out of power and useless. Ofcourse once the victorious team is rescued this bit if information is shared with all cities under attack as a way to defeat the enemy and get them running. Or flying back in the ships back to which ever shit-hole planet they came from.
8 outta 10. Watch it!