To take a break from the super hectic week my husband and I were having, we went to see Battle Los Angeles – a movie that looked like an Independence Day remake on the surface. I only read a few reviews about it and for the most part they weren’t so great, but hubby wanted to see it and my brain was too fried to see anything else.
Completely and totally action packed from beginning to end. I enjoy watching things get blown up, crazy aliens pop up out of nowhere and watch characters try to get out of no-win situations. There were actually plenty of no-win situations throughout the movie. I found myself thinking “these people are soo screwed” a lot through the movie! Just when you thought this team of soldiers was in the clear, here come the aliens jacking up their plans. The aliens seemed to be unstoppable and I’m glad the director’s didn’t make things too convenient nor too “clean”. The characters were put into sticky situations and some of them didn’t make it , which would be a whole lot more realistic than everybody making it out safe and sound. The special effects were awesome and I liked the fact the aliens were more mechanical than organic in nature – i.e, I really didn’t want to see moody aliens in a movie like this!
I can feel the critics when it comes to character development and how it may seem that each of the marine soldiers were very cookie cutter. Because there was so much action going on, there wasn’t a lot of room for downtime, which is essential for having the viewers connect with the characters. I think if the slowed down the action a little bit more and even start the movie a little further back than a day before the invasion, like Independence Day did, they could build on that connection. I really didn’t feel connected to anyone in particular in the movie. Any one of them could’ve died (and they did) and my heart wasn’t wrenched. Yeah, I felt bad and some of them didn’t have to go out like that, but I quickly got over it. The characters of course didn’t and I couldn’t relate to those few moments of grief they had in the movie.
If you’re looking for a shoot-em up, blow up ish, watch the world go to hell, and cool alien machinery, then this is the movie for you. Take the film at face value, don’t look for any type of deeper meaning, and enjoy it for what it is. If you look for anything else, you would be disappointed!
Have you seen this movie yet? What did you think?
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