Movie Review: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES

Critics and movie goers couldn’t feel much more differently about one film than this one. But, my opinion is that the moviegoers are right, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES successfully welds Sci Fi together with a great action movie creating one of the most enjoyable military science fiction films in recent memory. This film is sort of like BLACKHAWK DOWN meets WAR OF THE WORLDS or INDEPENDENCE DAY, producing a great ground war with aliens film. The street level warfare amid wrecked cars and streets of Los Angeles as tough soldiers and civilians make a brave last stand against space invaders should satisfy most war or Sci Fi fans.

Certainly, the movie might be heavy with predicable moments as well as one war film cliché after another. But, as much as I love war films, this science fiction take on a street level ground war with aliens is a very enjoyable popcorn movie. Not high art. Just plenty enjoyable. And that’s just fine with me. The

Bottom Line: A predictable, but wholly enjoyable new twist on the classic war film. The sets and special effects look impressive enough to suit me just fine. I like this movie and recommend it. +++(Three Stars: Good. I knew from the first TV ad trailer that I’d love this film. And I sure did. It’s pretty good for what it hopes to achieve. Spend your movie ticket money here!)

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  • More and more the critics are rendering themselves irrelevant – almost contrarian. If a critic ‘loves’ a move, you can be pretty sure it’s going to bomb miserably. If they hate it, it’ll likely do well.

    Battle: Los Angeles may have hit a lot of derided tropes, but it shows that you can make something excellent out of a lot of iffy parts – IF they’re of good quality. I was impressed by the level of detail shown all the way through, from uniforms to the sheer bloody determination of the military to get their mission done – and really liked the final braking maneuvers of the alien assault craft (those ‘doughnuts’ on the contrails just before they hit the water) and the fact that the aliens themselves acted like intelligent beings instead of the mindless hordes we’re used to. (There was one scene where I saw one alien drag a wounded comrade out of the line of fire.)

    All in all, this goes on the list for Christmas presents this year. Yes, it’s THAT good, and my friends would like it a lot.

  • Paul Hooson

    Great observations, JLawson. This movie really combined my love of both war films and Sci Fi together into a very enjoyable film. And the little details such as an alien dragging a wounded comrade from the line of fire as you mention, made the ground war scenes seem so real life and authentic to me. It’s a very good film, far better than most modern critics seem to comprehend.