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Battle: Los Angeles

March 12, 2011

Plot: For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings  around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But  in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying  reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people  everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the  last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine  staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in  the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered  before.

I’m going to start off by saying that this is a really great war movie.  Everything about this movie is awesome to watch. I went to this movie  having low expectations after reading a couple of reviews, and I’m so  glad I saw it. Battle: LA is the best war movie since Black Hawk Down,  which is saying something. The effects and action scenes were  amazing, as was the scenery. The movie is also very graphic for a PG-  13 rating (ie. Death, gore, disaster). The whole film has a ‘videogame’  feel to it. A lot looks similar to the popular Call of Duty series.  Otherwise then the nauseating shaky camera feel, this is an amazing  film that I think everybody should see! Sure, its ridden with cliches, but  so are most movies nowadays!

I really liked the character development at the beginning of the movie.  It made it much easier to identify the characters names because after the war starts, everyone shouts everything. Yes, it had a lot of dialogue. Yes, the aliens didn’t get enough screen time. But doesn’t that make it even better? The answer is yes. I guess it’s a crime to have a story in a Sci-Fi movie, according to most critics. Aaron Eckhart really shines in his role as Ssgt. Michael Nantz. He was basically made for this role. He’s perfect in every sense of the word.

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