Monday, 23 May 2016

Battle: Los Angeles Review

Battle: Los Angeles

Release Date: 17th March 2011 - Australia

Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Relativity Media (in association with)
Original Film
Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 111 minutes

Budget: $70,000,000

Box Office Gross: $211,819,354 

Plot Summary
Witness the end of
civilisation unfold
as hostile alien invaders
attack the planet. As
people everywhere
watch the world's great
cities fall, Los Angeles
becomes the last stand
for mankind in a battle
no one expected. Now
it's up to a Marine staff
sergeant and his platoon
to draw a line in the sand
as they take on an enemy
unlike any they've
encountered, in this epic
sci-fi action film.

Aaron Eckhart - SSgt. Michael Nantz
Ramon Rodriguez- 2nd Lt. William Martinez
Will Rothhaar - Cpl. Jason Lockett
Jim Parrack - LCpl. Peter Kerns
Gina Anthony Pesi - Cpl. Nick Stavrou
Ne-Yo - Cpl. Kevin Harris
James Hiroyuki Liao - LCpl. Steven Mottola
Bridget Moynahan - Michele
Noel Fisher - Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
Adetokumboh M'Cormack - Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
Bryce Cass - Hector Rincon
Michael Peña - Joe Rincon
Michelle Rodriguez - TSgt. Elena Santos
Neil Brown, Jr. - LCpl. Richard Guerrero
Taylor Handley - LCpl. Corey Simmons
Joey King - Kirsten 
Lucas Till - Cpl. Scott Grayston 
Kenneth Brown, Jr. - Cpl. Richard Oswald
Jadin Gould - Amy
Joe Chrest - 1st Sgt. John Roy
Rus Blackwell - Lt. Col. K.N. Ritchie
Susie Abromeit - Amanda
Brandi Coleman - Cherise
Elizabeth L. Keener - Kathy Martinez
Jessica Heap - Jessy
Lena Clark - Chris

Director - Jonathan Liebesman
Writer - Chris Bertolini
Executive Producers - Jeffrey Chernov and David Greenblatt
Producers - Neal H. Moritz and 
Ori Marmur
Production Designer - Peter Wenham
Costume Designer - Sanja Milković Hays
Director of Photography - Lukas Ettlin
Visual Effects Supervisor - Everett Burrell
Film Editor - Christian Wagner
Music - Brian Tyler

Some interesting trivia is Jonathan Liebesman (director of BATTLE: LOS ANGELES) was originally in line to direct TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (click here). For a time, this successful director was under the guidance of Michael Bay and scored a big hit in 2011 with the action-oriented sci-fi movie called BATTLE: LOS ANGELES. It is much similar to other features before that dealt with humans fighting an extra-terrestrial invasion like WAR OF THE WORLDS and INDEPENDENCE DAY (click here). The camerawork is intentionally shaky as a method to portray a world in chaos through the lens of a solider. While this shaky camerawork makes sense from this perspective, it is distracting and hard to watch. The choice of actors in this film were good but lacking star quality, the actors get the job done but do not portray their characters in such a way which is memorable or creative. I think more skillful experienced actors like Dwayne Johnson or Mark Wahlberg.

The story is predictable but too unoriginal and something we've seen time and time again in other movies. This is one of the film's major weaknesses. In saying that, it is a watchable movie and will appeal to people in the mood for a B-grade slice of action. 

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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