Battleship: The Battle for Earth Starts at Sea (2012)

Posted: August 26, 2013 in Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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battleship_posterWith the navy tied up in the activities of the RIMPAC, they are unprepared for the upcoming events that will affect everyone on Earth. For Alex Hopper, his rashness and questionable actions land him in hot water and he becomes preoccupied with his personal failures. None of that matters once a cluster of space debris crashes through the Earth’s atmosphere, with much of the debris ending up in the Pacific Ocean near the naval games. Upon investigation of the structures sticking out of the water, they discover that the structures are actually alien ships, which immediately active a force field and divide the naval ships from access to their own ships. Left behind are three naval vessels, which quickly falls to one when their attack fails to make any impact. While Hopper’s girlfriend, Samantha, and her rehab client quickly discover that the aliens want to communicate with their home world using human technology, they must devise a plan to stop the aliens before they could potentially call for reinforcements.

Starring: Taylor Kitsch (Lt. Alex Hopper), Alexander Skarsgard (Comm. Stone Hopper), Rihanna (PO Cora ‘Weps’ Raikes), Brooklyn Decker (Samantha Shane), Tadanobu Asano (Capt. Yugi Nagata), Hamish Linklater (Cal Zapata), Liam Neeson (Admiral Shane), Peter MacNicol (Secretary of Defense), John Tui (Chief PO Walter ‘The Beast’ Lynch), Jesse Plemons (Seaman Jimmy ‘Ordy’ Ord), Gregory D. Gadson (Lt. Col. Mick Canales), Jerry Ferrara (Sampson JOOD Strodell), Adam Godley (Dr. Nogrady)

While there was much to pick apart with the mechanics of this movie, the acting was definitely not one of the stronger points either. Kitsch’s performance is remarkably better than his attempt in John Carter, but this was more because he was required to do less and could channel the type of character he portrayed in Friday Night Lights. Skarsgard was solid with his sense of responsibility, but his role was significantly shorter. Rihanna’s dialogue was very weak, but she at least lacked in the amount of audible dialogue the way that Plemons should have. Neeson was also limited but maintain the stoic nature expected of an admiral.

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Peter Berg’s attempt to turn a Hasbro game into a full length movie channeled Michael Bay but without the flare and explosiveness. Aliens had found their way to Earth and wanted to achieve communication with their home world but there was no sense of why. The aliens seemed to avoid conflict with mortal lifeforms (for the most part) but had a severe aggression toward anything mechanical. Since they did dive into combat and were the aggressors, it can be assumed that they wanted to call in reinforcements, but there was no actual proof of this. With little explanation for the purpose of the attack and their purpose (if there was one) colliding into Earth, the alien invasion feels like the writers were confused or indecisive about the direction of the film.

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Now for the attack on the idea of basing a movie on a board game…what are people supposed to be looking for in the future? A movie based on Don’t Wake Daddy or Checkers? What makes this movie even more confusing is that the creators took a a board game, tossed in an alien invasion and somehow failed to even capture the essence of the game. There was a forcefield that kind of resembled the division of the board but it had no purpose other than to keep most of the ships out of the contest. The tracking of the enemy ships by use of the buoy system somewhat resembled the attack system of the board game but it was a tracking system and not just a game board. It is also impossible to ignore that aliens were used to represent the opposing combatant.

The film had elements that may be considered enjoyable but had virtually no heart and mediocre acting. There really should be no reason to ever consider a sequel.

Dan’s Rating: 1.5/5

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