Friday, March 11, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

I just saw this movie late last night and have to report on it on FOX in a few hours, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. 

Los Angeles has just been attacked by a swarm of aliens, and Aaron Eckhart plays a staff sergeant in a small band of marines that has been given 3 hours to round up as many civilians as possible and get them to safety before the military blows up the infested area.  There's nothing too original about that storyline, but it's all about how it's done, and in this case it's done fairly well.  After about 15 minutes of getting to know the characters (which doesn't really work) the film dives right into war and doesn't let up, and it's mayhem for the next 100 minutes.  This is not a character driven film.  Most of the cast are throwaways.  But it really depicts war in a realistic, intense, edge-of-your-seat way, not unlike 'Saving Private Ryan'.

This is not a classic.  It's certainly no 'Independence Day', which to me is the gold standard of man vs. aliens attacking Earth films.  It's also not even as good as 'Cloverfield' in my opinion.  But I think it's better than the overrated 'District 9' (although I'm sure many would vehemently debate me on that.)  Regardless of how it compares to other similar films, it's an action packed two hours and an intense, enjoyable popcorn film for the first quarter of the year.

Grade: B

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