Battleship Movie Review – the aliens sank my battleship

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Battleship ~ Universal Pictures

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.
Positives
  • Nice special effects
  • Lots of action scenes
  • Likeable main character
Negative
  • Bad dialogue
Release date May 18, 2012
Rating PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and bad language
Runtime 131 minutes
Genre Sci-fi, action

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.

Bad dialogue
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.

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29 thoughts on “Battleship Movie Review – the aliens sank my battleship

  1. Dialog in action movies is always questionable. I read somewhere that they used actual ship crewman in some scenes so perhaps the dialog was just rookie actor quality.

  2. Not sure if this is my cup of tea- I’m way more excited about the new Hobbit Movie coming up- it’s something I won’t mind my grandkids seeing.

  3. I had a feeling that the movie really didn’t have much to do with the classic board game, but it sure looks like a fun action movie to see. Your review kinds of sums up about what I expected, didn’t really expect any academy award winning acting or story line going on. I defenitley want to see this with my 12 year old, maybe next week. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. I really like honest reviews, and this is one of them. Normally we like action films but from trailers and reviews that have been done honestly, it looks like we wont rush out to see this but rather wait for the DVD version and a rainy day.

  5. I love your comment “Planet G maybe short for Planet Google”. LOL This movie actually sounds good. My son really wants to see it, so I am sure I will end up seeing it also. :)

  6. My nephew really wants to see this with me! Thanks for your review. Will be prepared for the loudness and language.

  7. We will not be going to see this; this isn’t my type of movie, and your review just re-enforced that!

  8. Love to see this. I also like the idea that more movies are running over 2 hours. Going to see a movie less then 90 minutes is a ripoff

  9. Sounds like the kind of movie you see to enjoy the action like a lot of summer movies and might have done better at the box office if it was scheduled for late June or July (not so close to Avengers). Also seems like a lot of people don’t remember the game so maybe they should have promoted it as the action movie it is, especially the whole aliens vs us thing.

  10. As a Vet, the bad dialogue might bother me. However, I’m still willing to go see it for the action. Thanks for the review.

  11. I am not sure if I will see it or not. If I do it will be a rental. Thanks for explaining about the similarity to transformers, I was wondering about that from the previews.

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