Opening 14 Apr 2011
Starring Aaron Eckhart (Erin Brockovich) and Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar), Battle: Los Angeles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (The Ring), with a screenplay by Chris Bertolini (The General's Daughter).
Meteor showers begin falling all over the planet and are soon revealed as the front line of an invasion from outer space. Staff Sgt. Michael Nantz (Eckhart) is on the verge of retirement but is ordered to join a team of marines that has to go behind the front line to rescue civilians. Inevitably, the mission turns into a constant battle to stay alive, while facing fully armored extra-terrestrials with a biological body that is extremely tough to destroy. Ultimately, Nantz realizes that the alien infantry is controlled by one central command structure, which they set out to destroy...
The story behind Battle: Los Angeles is totally predictable, the dialogue full of clichés, and the aliens lacking in any particular originality. In addition, the marines – including their young, recently graduated and ambitious leader, 2nd Lt. William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) – on the whole, seem like a bunch of normal army recruits, rather than the tough elite group the marines are rumored to be. One interesting aspect, however, was the actual style in which the movie was filmed. It conveyed a believable sense of closeness and reality, capturing a lot of the messiness of war, as sometimes seen in real news reports. (Osanna Vaughn)