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Nordling Thinks BATTLE LOS ANGELES Rocks!

Nordling here.

BATTLE LOS ANGELES is a rare movie.  Most movies with really crappy scripts never overcome them.  Not only does BATTLE LOS ANGELES overcome it, it almost turns the script into a running joke into itself.  But while the dialogue drops bricks into the toilet bowl, Jonathan Liebesman's direction is... hell, I don't want to use the word flawless, because it's not.  But it's been a while since I've seen action scenes so well coordinated and riveting as the sequences in BATTLE LOS ANGELES.

The film opens already in the middle of the invasion as Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), First Lieutenant Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) and their platoon of Marines fly in a carrier copter to find civilians in a war zone before it's blown all to hell.  The first 20 minutes or so set up the premise of the alien invasion, and introduce us to the members of the platoon.  We know who's who by the names on the screen, but the film may as well have titled the characters "Just Married," "Has A Kid," "Virgin," "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," or "Wants To Be A U.S. Citizen."  Eckhart, playing "Grizzled War Vet," is retiring after 20 years as a Marine; his last mission out, he lost a bunch of men in an unspecified attack, and the brother of one of those soldiers is in his new platoon and still holds something of a grudge.  Then the alien attack begins, and the platoon makes its way to a blown-out police station to help rescue some civilians trapped there before the Air Force bombs the area.

And that's pretty much it for the story.  But it's the script by Christopher Bertolini that's so awful - every line spewed is a cliche of some kind, and it's only through the skills of the actors that I didn't burst out laughing.  Eckhart especially carries himself well considering he's given lines to chew like Big Red tobacco.  Michelle Rodriguez enters the picture as a soldier trying to gather intel on the aliens, and she acquits herself as well as she can given the dialogue.

But Jonathan Liebesman pulls this straight out of the fire by giving us action sequences that had me riveted for the entire film.  The aliens in the film aren't unbeatable, just very tough, and Liebesman sets the stakes quickly.  One particular sequence, on a highway overpass as the platoon and the civilians try to get to a safe zone, is seriously one of the best action setpieces I've seen in years.  Intense and thrilling, and there's genuine peril for all the characters, and suddenly you find yourself caring for them all in spite of the duds that they keep spouting from their mouths.  They say you can't polish a turd but Liebesman by God did and the result is a good two hours of quality action cinema.  I normally don't abide shaky-cam direction, but Liebesman wisely eases up on that enough so that each action scene has a real sense of geography and tension.

In the end, BATTLE LOS ANGELES turns out to be something of a Marine recruitment film, but it's done in such a fun manner that this liberal bleeding heart didn't mind at all. The actors do the best job they can, and although the script stinks, Liebesman surpasses it and makes a movie that I can pretty much recommend with very little reservation.  I had a blast with BATTLE LOS ANGELES, and if you hold your nose a little bit for the dialogue, I think you'll have one too.

Nordling, out.

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  • March 10, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Johnathan Liebesman directed this

    by IrvingForbush

    not Johnathan Heinsleigh. Heinsleigh did the Punisher, Liebesman did Darkness Falls. Neither are very good, but they are still two different people.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    FIRST !!!!

    by Todaysfate

    Hurray for ME !!! And the movie looks like it might be good too.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Dang it !

    by Todaysfate

  • March 10, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Thanks

    by Nordling

    I'm wiped and misread the name. Corrected.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but Michelle Rodriguez = kiss of death

    by Cletus Van Damme

    She plays the same character in more movies than Owen Wilson.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Wow...every reviewer on this site loved this movie...

    by Jobacca

    So where are the negative reivews? Oh thats right....we wont see any. Just like with that POS Green Hornet. Bad form AICN....bad form.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Question Nordling-

    by RAW_D

    Is this theater worthy? Matinee it? Or Netflix? Alot of us out there are feeling the fiscal tightness around our belts, and there's nothing more that pisses me off than wasting 13+ dollars on a POS movie. Yeah the effects are nice, but will I get my money's worth?

  • March 10, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Why are most 'top' critics missing the point??

    by LowDevil

    I can not speak until i see the movie myself. The beautiful thing about film and art is we are all right in our own criticism about whatever we are looking at. But, how can most of these critics miss the point of this film? How can they be so harsh about something that is not there just because they expect it to be there? No char depth? So what? Its an 'BOOM, Aliens land and invade. No time for char, just action' These older critics have to stop expecting and just have fun with a movie that is made to be plain and entertaining.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    How bad is the shaky cam on a scale of 1 to 10?

    by 3D-Man

    Is it "Bourne" bad?

  • March 10, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen - Only question I'm interested in, too

    by Dharma4

    Seriously

  • March 10, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    yeah I'm digging the direction I see in the trailers

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    Looks good. Bad script, great action, I can live with that.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Movies like this separate the tit feeders from the shit eaters

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Should do well

  • March 10, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST

    This is getting terrible reviews everywhere but here

    by jimmy_009

    My hopes for a surprise Winter treat are admittedly dashed.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Michelle is not a deal breaker but

    by Phategod100

    Damn I'm tired of seeing this chick in the same role. I get it you like carpets! show some fucking range.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Ebert's take on the creatures is great...

    by jimmy_009

    "Do they give Razzies for special effects? They seem to be animal/machine hybrids with automatic weapons growing from their arms, which must make it hard to change the baby." I saw the art for it and couldn't agree more. There hasn't been a really great, memorable creature design since, dare I say, Galaxy Quest?

  • March 10, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Screw Ebert and all those other yahoos! Battlefield LA is awesome!

    by beane2099

    Just saw it. It kicked my ass. I do agree with a couple sentiments about some of the dialogue, but Eckhart's performance is so awesome, I don't even care. Awesome ground battles. Not really a whole lotta shaky cam IMO, ut maybe I don't notice stuff like that.

  • March 10, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    cletus van damme

    by slone13

    I don't think "kiss of death" means what you think it means.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Brutish, annoying, tough guy wanna be, BITCH

    by TOM_ARNOLDS_8BALL

    FUCK MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ!!!! FUCK HER AND HER 8 INCH COCK!!!! I ONLY WATCH MOVIES SHE IS IN TO WATCH SOMETHING BAD HAPPEN TO HER!!

  • March 11, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    You had me at "we're being colonized."

    by Green

  • March 11, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    So most mainstream reviewers panned it but....

    by corplhicks

    Reviewers here like it a lot. This $eem$ $uspicou$ to me, doe$ it $eem that way to anyone el$e ? can someone just tell me the ending, also?

  • March 11, 2011, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Sloan13

    by Cletus Van Damme

    Kiss of death - Something that may seem good and favorable but that actually brings ruin to hopes, plans, etc. A lot of people may like Michelle Rodriguez, but for me she ruins everything she's in because she plays the same character. So, yeah, it pretty much means what I thought it meant. Thanks, though.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST

    I guess I'm in...

    by vettebro

    I'll see it for the action and SFX alone. I hate shakey cam though. I agree with the last guy...very strange all of AICN so far is "liking" the film, while the majority of the reviews are calling this a stinker.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I told you pimple-dicks to avoid RT and Ebert

    by TheKiller7

    Listen to your own camp first! Ye damn sheepheads

  • March 11, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    corplhicks cannot avoid thinking like a damn SHEEPHEAD

    by TheKiller7

    He rather believe the traditional media that historically gets bought by traditional studio PR suits. It's amazing how he thinks that won't happen anywhere but here. What a gibbon.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    I have an idea for the sequel: fire Christopher Bertolini

    by kafka07

    I've never heard of that dude before but he sounds like a meth-head of a screenwriter.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Sounds like I should get it on Blu-Ray and disconnect the center channels.

    by otakuoverlord

  • March 11, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Netflix all the way

    by Shubniggorath

    Nordling bud, you seem sincere. But damned if I'd spend my paltry cinema budget on a film currently at 35% and falling at Rottentomatoes. My favorite so far: "Battle: Los Angeles is for American teenagers who found G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra too cerebral." Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail I don't know, though, maybe I would like it. I liked GI Joe a lot... on Netflix Instant.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    teabaggerharry

    by Shubniggorath

    What do we do when our "own camp" is shilling? We don't take kindly to shillers around here...

  • March 11, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    otakuoverlord

    by kurtisaurus

    That shit made me laugh out loud. Well done sir.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Is it safe to say...

    by justmyluck

    ... Nordling likes everything AICN runs with, or, if yet-to-run-with; it just can't come soon enough? The B:LA reviews are in: it's shaky-cam and AVID-gasm editing. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is the only movie that still works because combat camera footage was studied, not just shaking the camera around like crack heads gone broke.

  • March 11, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    by Boondog

    There must have been some nice kickbacks for this film for ya'll to shill so hard.

  • March 11, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I actually had a lot of fun with it.

    by NorseFire

    I agree with the review pretty much entirely. The script is terrible. But the overall plot and action sequences are well done. Only shaky cam annoyance occurred during the ten minute ambush scene pretty early on. Eckhart is a monster in this film. Go see it. It needs to be seen in a loud, digitally projected theater. It's a beautiful film too--some of the best disaster scenes I've ever seen. I strongly recommend this film--the script is laughably bad but the movie overall is pretty fun. Transformers + Black Hawk Down + Starship Troopers = Battle LA

  • March 11, 2011, 2:20 a.m. CST

    AICN runs 3 positive reviews for Adjustment Bureau? That movie SUCKED

    by golden tribw

    Damon and Blunt were good together, but all the Adjustment agents were fucking terrible until Terence Stamp showed up 3/4 of the way through to finally bring a little gravitas to the proceedings, except they give him the Agent Smith humans-are-a-virus speech and then it's happily ever after because the Comforting Supporting-Character Negro gave them a magical hat. Dreadful movie.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    why do they always have a chick?

    by chien_sale

    why can't it be just guys kicking ass and taking names? the magority of US soldiers are men.

  • March 11, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Enough already!

    by Ólafur Gunnar Guðlaugsson

    Just unplug the rational-chip, relax and enjoy.

  • March 11, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    This film looks moronic

    by hst666

    I find it surprising it would be good in any way other than a "so bad, it's good" way. Also action sequences are pointless and boring unless the story and characters sufficiently engage the viewer.

  • Scincerly, The United States Marine Corps

  • March 11, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    So about Michelle Rodriguez....

    by nobunaga209

    Does she die in this movie too!?!? That's all I really care about....you know that she keeps the "I die in 90% of my movies" streak alive!

  • March 11, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Love how no one here cares about the writing...

    by impossibledreamers

    There's a lot of Michael Bay Kool-Aid drinkers on this forum apparently. 'I don't care if it's stupid or badly written, they blow stuff up!' Wow. Nice way to spend millions of dollars to make a movie and a nice way for you guys to continue paying for them so Hollywood just gins out more of the same LAME crap and you wonder why? IT IS POSSIBLE TO HAVE COOL BLOWIE STUFF UP CRAP AND A GOOD SCRIPT! It actually makes the movie BETTER! No wonder I struggle to sell anything, my scripts actually have a story and make f'ing sense!! I should just write BOOM! BAM! Something explodes! on every page for 110 sheets of paper.

  • March 11, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Ain't It Payola News

    by lock67ca

    So obvious it isn't even funny anymore.

  • March 11, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Bad, bad, bad

    by UtopiaComplex

    I just don't understand what the AICN team are seeing in this piece of trash. I'm 28, so I don't think I qualify as an 'old' critic and I could barely tolerate Battle:LA. Cliche after bloody cliche. It's like the dialogue and characterization of the human defense battle in the third Matrix movie. The shaky camera is horrible, so is the logic of nearly every event that occurs. And it has NO sense of humour about itself that I could detect, though I could see how Nordling could project in order to appreciate the movie more. I laughed my balls off at 10,000 BC, but this isn't stupid enough to be hilarious in a shlock-value kind of way, it's just everything I hoped it wasn't going to be based on the previews.

  • March 11, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    "hell, I don't want to use the word flawless, because it's not"

    by ravenloff

    One really has to wonder how many major motion pictures Nordling has directed in order to feel comfortable making this statement. It smacks of the highest, stinkiest shades of hubris.

  • March 11, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Is this another children's movie?

    by kabong

    They all are.

  • March 11, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    34% on Rotten Tomatoes

    by m.dung

    I believe I'll pass. Thanks anyway.

  • March 11, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Polishing a Turd

    by erykthedead

    Actually you can, Mythbusters did last year, had those suckers a high sheen. Yet to be seen if this movie is an example of that though.

  • March 11, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    is there anything you DON'T like nordling?

    by RedHorseVector

    you seem to be willing to sign off on just about every mediocre piece of shit that comes out.

  • March 11, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Nordling thinks?? Really?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 11, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Let's see...dumb dialogue? Check. Slam bam action? Check.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Yup. Sounds like the golden age of science-fiction to me. "dialogue drops bricks into the toilet bowl", "script ...so awful - every line spewed is a cliche of some kind", and this is a positive review?

  • March 11, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    RT rarely misleads but it does happen

    by Rupee88

    There are many cases of high reviewed films being kind of crappy, but most all poorly reviewed films do indeed suck. There are a few rare exceptions. I doubt this is one but you have me almost tempted to see it...almost but not quite.

  • March 11, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    hmm

    by Wookie_1995

    I still want to see it

  • March 11, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    If you were paid for a good review, maybe use a safe word

    by impossibledreamers

    Like TACO. Just place it randomly in the review, then we all know its bogus.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Just the name, "Nordling"

    by proevad

    Sounds like the slimy, slightly retarded 15 year old in the neighborhood who is always caught setting cats on fire and diddling little girls.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Hmm

    by 2LeggedFreak

    Gets the Director wrong and then can't answer some questions regarding the film. Maybe, as with his Serbian post, Nordling has found a new way to comment on film without actually having to watch the fucking thing. From slimy AICN ass-licker and wannabee to fully fledged, black text box owning, dildo-shill. Well done Nordling...you should be proud of your achievements. Its laughable really. He spent years sucking up to Harry and Co and ingratiating himself with AICN and now he doesn't realise that, with the ship sinking fast, the other douches have made him honorary Captain and asked him to man the tiller, whilst they go somewhere else. So we'll have to put up with Nordlings drivel until the good ship AICN finally sinks beneath the waves.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Nordling is stealing your money

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    You've already seen this film a dozen times before, only done better. It's filled with cliche characters (retiring hero, guy with pregnant wife, guy getting married, guy with dead brother, rookie, bad-ass chick) but you don't care about any of them. For two hours they shoot robots/aliens in unmemorable fights. It gets very tedious after one hour. It's a bit like Skyline (but better) if that film had enough budget to go outside, only it's far more stoic and serious.

  • March 11, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    @jimmy_009

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    I agree about the creature design in this particular film, but Del Toro's films have wonderful creature design. There is still some great stuff around, just not in this one.

  • March 11, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I like you Nordling but you need to work on your review skills.

    by Bruda5000

    In the end, just dont personalize everything and bore us with childhood stories like Harry.

  • Capishe?

  • March 11, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Can you really trust the opinion of someone who likes shitty movies?

    by Toruk_Makto

    This film could be glorious...but I damn sure am not taking Nordling's word on that.

  • March 12, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    The movie fucking ROCKED!!!

    by Jake Pantlin

    Just getting back from the show. That movie was fucking tense! Forget all the liberal-minded-bleeding-heart bad reviews. Bunch of fucking hipster crybabies. Most of these bad reviews come from the fact that these reviewers don't like the fact that it focuses primarily on the military characters. There is no "Ripley" civilian-cum-fighter in this for them to root for. They can't relate. Having spent 10 years in the military, I found I could relate to the characters. I felt for them throughout the entire film. Don't buy into all those bad reviews. Fucking go see it, and judge for yourself.

  • March 12, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Oh, and Ebert can shut the hell up!

    by Jake Pantlin

    I was worried after I read his review, but the man was full of fucking shit. I am sure he honestly didn't like it, but the reasons he gave were horse shit. The effects and aliens looked great.

  • March 12, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Bad reviews GOTTA EAT!!!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I miss the old AICN days... :-(

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  • March 12, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Great piece of work . The action sequences alone

    by SID 8.0

    make it worth watching. The ending reminded of 300.

  • March 12, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Ebert also preferred Short Circuit 2 over Blade Runner....

    by v3d

    That's all you need to know.

  • March 12, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Agree spot on with Nordling. Good Review

    by The Founder

    I really enjoyed this movie and god yes some of the Dialogue was terrible and the writer tried to make you care about the soldiers before the invasion started but it just felt like the dialogue was script writing 101. Some lines even cringe worthy. Thankfully it wasn't enough of it to drag the majority of the solid film down and it was only in the beginning. The direction and action sequences was damn good. I'd give it a B.

  • March 12, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    That Roger Ebert guy always reminds me of the Kim Jong Il puppet from Team America.

    by KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS

    All the critics seem to be way to harsh on this movie, at worse it's mindless popcorn fun.

  • March 12, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    teabaggerharry-- U R wrong

    by corplhicks

    I know some reviewers are probably on the take, like many people. The point is that this movie is good, yet most mainstream media did not like it-- therefore, unlikely most of them are on the take, yet people here seem to like it much more; hint hint-- no doubt AINTITCOOL is cheaper to bribe than others, likely. Or, simply, tastes are different. Either way, I personally felt that Ebert and others were totally off on this one-- it was a very good movie.

  • March 12, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Last line of movie SHOULD have been......

    by corplhicks

    "Come on you apes, you wanna live forever ?"

  • March 12, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Oh, that's where I got that.

    by AlGoreHole

    I wonder if the screenwriter remembers the way Black Hawk Down ended with soldiers picking up more ammo and heading back into the fight. 90 minute cut of this film could make it a classic. Needs 30 minutes of abbreviated development sketches and a complete toss out of the dead brother angle. Then you'd have a movie we'd all love. Still makes a good action flick. The shakey cam is impressive because it's match-move shakey cam. That makes the unreality of CGI more real with alien warriors half seen as blurs. The tech is very cool to look at, great scale, excellent FX work.

  • I read all the whining about how the dialog was flat and that the story was non-existent, first person shooter wah, wah, wah...whatever...You could say the same thing about ALIENS, PREDATOR, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, etc, etc Bottom LINE….I paid to see some goddamn Marines fighting some goddamn Alien Invaders with cool special effects and GODDAMN IT that is EXACTLY what I got...  No unnecessary romances, no intricate back stories... Hell two of the kids in this movie never utter a SINGLE line (which is how ALL children in ALL movies should behave)...Asses are kicked on both sides...no "force fields" in the way of artillery damage...just TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION!!!! The alien tech looks cool and the battle scenes (and, there are a SHIT-LOAD of them) are OFF the FUCKIN' CHARTS... These guys know how to do alien invasion porn RIGHT!!!! I still don't get the hate on the dialog...certainly sounded like a bunch of marines to me...plus, it had an underlying theme about "just make a fucking decision already," "right or wrong, make the decision."... and, it has some pretty good quotable lines...  "We already had breakfast..."

  • March 12, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I'm being sexually abused

    by proevad

    on this thread and wasn't even aware of it until now. You guys are gooooooood. Catholic? It was the Ramirez name that tipped me off.

  • March 12, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    Battle L.A.

    by incaove

    Just came back from watching it and... meh, nothing we haven't seen before. Some CGI is pretty sub par but that's been the norm in a lot of these type of movies. Shakey cam has never bothered me but at times during the movie I found myself thinking OK!!! I get it!!! If you wanna see a bunch of stuff getting blown up then go for it but I really can't recommend it for anything else. One last thing, I won't tell you if Michelle Rodriguez's character dies or not but I can tell you that it's the same one note performance you've seen since Girl Fight.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    viggeo_morgenstein almost sounds like me about STINO

    by AsimovLives

    As a fellow geek who passionatly hates a movie for the same rason you hate this one, i feel your pain. It doesn't matter if we have ever been in agreement or not, i know how you feel. You have my sympathy.

  • March 13, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    So, is this movie BLAINO? Or the INO doesn't aply?

    by AsimovLives

  • March 13, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Shit. Fuck you Hollywood. Another wasted opportunity.

    by sam jacksons wig

    And another PG-13 piece of shit to hit the screen. Tell me, when did you lose your balls? Oh yes, at the time when all originality was ousted in favour of the money making machine. We get utter garbage like this, and Del Toro can't get At the Mountains of Madness greenlit because it "doesn't conform to the norm..." and that's WITH James Cameron behind him. So anything blockbuster-ish that has a period setting, high range budget and goes for an R rating will automatically be thrown out of the window as the potential to turn a profit diminishes.

  • March 13, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the dialogue sucks. However,

    by Brian Hopper

    the action is directed with at least some competence, as compared with "directors" who can't direct action (e.g., J.J. Abrams). I think Ebert must have been in a bad mood when he saw it, perhaps because he has no lower jaw (?).

  • March 13, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Also, Michelle Rodriguez is easier to take if

    by Brian Hopper

    you just pretend she'll ride you like Alexis Amore.

  • and then end up in british irish cinemas was massive. in the 1990s, some didnt come out in the uk or ireland at all, some werent even released. and went straight to dtv. now you have dtdvd. I learned a very interesting thing. there were 4 cuts to a film. studio cut, directors, tv cut and aeroplane cut.

  • March 13, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    It's no Skyline

    by Zen Diesel

    Actually the first ten minutes of BLA, is better than the whole dam Skyline movie. I like the fact that the focus was more on the Marines than the Aliens.

  • March 13, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Wow, funny

    by 7Cal

    I had the exact same synopsis and comments to my friends as we did our "debrief" after seeing this on Friday: great action, not much story, brutal dialogue, but the acting and direction made up for the script. Will have to pay more attention to all of Nordlings reviews and if he overlaps as completely as I do with his take on movies, I'll be able to use him as a good gauge on whether there's something I should check out or not....

  • March 13, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by AsimovLives

    Airplane cuts, i heard about those. I have only seen one movie in an airplane, and it was EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. There was nothing in that movie that seems to have merited a different cut, because i later saww it in DVD and it was the same movie. But it seems air companies have very strict rule about what should be in a film and what should be edited out. As for TV edits, in my country we never had those. The movies we get on TV here are the same we got in the theater or DVD, swearing and violence left intact. In regard to movies,there is absolutly no censorship going on in my country at all. And nobody really controls the age of the people who buy the movie tickets or rent the films. We leave that kind of control of such things as tobacco and alchool. You know, things that actually are important to be controlled, not movies!

  • March 13, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    For some reason, whenm i think of this movie i also think of SKYLINE.

    by AsimovLives

    They do kinda overlap, don't they? Only SKYLINE was from the perspective of civilians.

  • March 13, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    chien_sale

    by u.k. star

    20% of your Military is female. They remain under-represented in moviies not over. Very entertaining movie. I look forward to the rest of the story, with fresher dialogue. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it, with such a focus on one American city. It was well shot and Aaron brought an immense performance to carry it through.

  • March 15, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    So every reviewer at this site liked Battle:LA?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Yeah, something is awry.

  • March 15, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Great Action Movie No More No Less!

    by Wcwlkr

    This was just a Great Action Movie! If you were looking for Thin Red Line Or Platoon hell even Black Hawk Down. Then you signed up for the wrong Movie. I mean yes a lot of the dialogue was crap. But I love the way Eckhart delivered it and the Action sequences were tense and eye popping. I actually loved this movie! Somebody pointed it out earlier, Ebert hated Blade Runner! This is also the guy if I'm not mistaken that loved X-Men Last Stand Nuff Said.

  • March 16, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    Rotten Tomatoes

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... is the worst place to get an objective review. Those are critics who still subscribe to the belief that the snarkier the review, the more credibility it holds. Battle: LA never pretends to be anything other than what it is ... an alien invasion movie minus the typical *pew*pew* lasers, super shiny alien armor, and uber cool alien vehicles & weapons. It simply gives you the perspective of one Marine unit trying to evacuate civilians while on the lookout for an enemy it's never seen nor knows how to kill. point blank: it's what'd happen if aliens invaded tomorrow morning If you want script and all that other shit, go watch "The Kings Speech" (a movie I directly fault for my 2-day battle with IBS)

  • March 16, 2011, 2:55 a.m. CST

    I would wager...

    by tailhook

    that the reviewer and the reviewers claiming that 'every line spewed is a cliche of some kind, and it's only through the skills of the actors that I didn't burst out laughing' has never had any interaction with the military, beyond the occasional protesting of a recruiting center. Not that it didn't have its cliche'd moments, but on the whole this IS how Marines interact and speak. What you don't seem to get is the Hollywoodization of Marines is what is the tired and cliche. The cigar chomping sarge with his shotgun yelling 'Get Some! Get Some!' If we were Hollywoodizing this, the Sarge would have taken the sniveling Lieutenant when he was breaking down and smacked him around and told them exactly where they were going and then saved the day. What he says and how he says it are to the numbers *exactly* how real-life Sargeants work and that type of subservance to the chain of command is exactly the type of dialogue that makes liberals skin crawl and they try to claim is 'unnatural and cliche', but it is exactly how and the reason the USMC works. I guarantee you that someone, probably the writer and probably a few of the actors, spent a good long time at Camp Pendelton interacting and listening and picking the brains of real-life Marines as research for this movie, and it shows. As such they are not walking, talking Hollywood cliches... and thank god for that. One last thing, I quite liked that the strategy on both sides was made pretty clear and you really didn't lose your bearings as to what either side was trying to accomplish when they were trying to accomplish it. In this type of very hectic setting, thats nothing short of a miracle right there and is derived through the writing and direction. It would have been so easy to have lost that in the fog of war.

  • March 16, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Here are the criteria for liking this movie:

    by Bobo_Vision

    You either have to be from the south (ie. Texas), or have had interaction with the military, or have had a lobotomy, or have been declared legally retarded.

  • March 16, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Shakycam = kiss of death...

    by Token

    I've heard that this movie is plagued with shakycam, and consequently I won't be seeing it. Shakycam gives my wife a migraine and makes me motion sick, so I say to hell with it. A lot of people are fighting back against unneccesary and annoying 3-D...I say, let's do the same for shakycam.

  • March 19, 2011, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Why don't you just say it?

    by Kevin

    This movie is awful. I felt used and treated like an idiot by the script (the actors tried so hard). I agree with nearly all of this review... except for the title. Or am I supposed to secretly know that only one exclamation point means "terrible movie." Two blinks "yes"?