My son and I saw a screening of Battleship (Universal Pictures) on Tuesday. It’s an action film about an alien invasion. There’s a lot of action and mayhem in the movie. The story is loosely based on the Hasbro Battleship game. Battleship [Facebook | Twitter] opens in theater today. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full movie review of Battleship.
The 411 for Battleship
|The story||Alien space ships land in the Pacific Ocean and attack Earth|
|Appropriateness for children||Some bad language and a lot of intense action scenes and explosions. No nudity or sex scenes, but there is one slightly provocative scene.|
|Release date||May 18, 2012|
|Rating||PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and bad language|
The battle for Earth begins at sea
The story begins with the discovery of an Earth-like planet named Planet G (no idea if the G is short for Google). After the discovery, scientists send out a signal to contact the other planet. The film then moves forward several years. At this point, we are introduced to Alex Hopper. He’s essentially a loser who joins the Navy at his brother’s request. While the U.S. Navy is out at sea for a military exercise, five alien ships attack and trap most of the fleet behind a force field. Even though Alex has a history of making bad decisions, he now has to lead what’s left of the fleet to stop the alien invasion. Alex is immature in the movie, but I found myself rooting for him.
The aliens sank my battleship
When I first heard Universal Pictures was making a movie based on the classic Battleship game, I had my doubts about the film. I played the Battleship game when I was a kid, and I didn’t see how the studio could make a good movie based on the game. After watching Battleship, I can tell you the movie isn’t really about the game at all. In fact, most of the ships in the film are destroyers. The only battleship in the story is the USS Missouri, which is a museum ship in the movie. The film didn’t even try to sneak in the classic game line, “You sank my battleship!” The only part of the movie that resembled the game is a scene of the crew trying to find the alien ships without the use of radar.
Have the Decepticons return?
Even though the alien ships didn’t transform into planes or cars, they did remind me of the Autobots and Decepticons in the Transformers movies. Thankfully, Battleship isn’t another version of the Transformers movies. There are big battles between machines (alien ships vs Navy destroyers), but the battles didn’t stretch on and on to the point where you wish you could just shoot yourself in the head. Just when you think the fighting is getting a little too long, the story returns to the human elements of the movie. Personally, I found the character development parts of movie just as interesting as the action scenes.
I’m not a military guy, but I thought the dialogue in Battleship was stupid and cheesy at times. Most of the lines in the film were fine, but there were enough bad ones to annoyed me while watching the movie.
John Carter returns to Earth to fight against aliens
Taylor Kitsch, formerly John Carter of Mars, plays the main character in Battleship. He does a decent job playing the part of Lieutenant Alex Hopper. His love interest is Sam (played by Brooklyn Decker). It’s a shame the two lovebirds are not in the same scenes for most of the movie. Battleship also features Rihanna — yes the singer. She plays the part of Petty Officer Cora Raikes. At times, Rihanna was good. Other times, not so good. Other actors include Alexander Skarsgård (Commander Stone Hopper and Alex’s big brother), Tadanobu Asano (Captain Yugi Nagata), Liam Neeson (Admiral Shane and Sam’s father), John Tui (Chief Petty Officer Walter Lynch), Gregory D. Gadson (Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales), Hamish Linklater (Cal Zapata), Peter MacNicol (Secretary of Defense), Jesse Plemons (Boatswain Mate Seaman Jimmy Ord), Jerry Ferrara (Sampson Jood Strodell), Adam Godley (Dr. Nogrady), Rico McClinton (Captain Browley), and Joji Yoshida (Chief Engineer Hiroki). Battleship was directed by Peter Berg.