Sunday, August 12, 2012

Battleship - almost sunk!

As if Transformers: Dark of the Moon wasn't enough, Universal thought to release an alien-robotic feature this year. Now after watching the trailer I was like - Transformers reboot? Fortunately no. Battleship was a double-edged watch.
  B-ship is directed by Peter Berg (The Rundown, Hancock) and yes those two films I mentioned are in the list of my favourties. Written by brothers Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber the film bombed in the US only making $65m off a megabudget of $209m. Luckily for the studio the worldwide amount of CGI lovers saved Battleship from sinking and at the end of its universal theatrical run, the cumulative was $302m.
  Firstly, I personally liked Transformers 1 and the third part. The 2nd uniquely title Revenge of the Fallen was only reasonable to watch if you had a thing for Megan Fox. Sadly, the box office numbers of that flick confirmed that assumption. Battleship starts off as almost every American-government-knowing-about-aliens does. I blame Steven Spielberg. I mean I don't understand why new-age sci-fi films lack originality. John Carpenter's The Thing packed more sense than this senseless package even though it was a mystery. Heck, any screenwriter could've come up with this story: a group of aliens invade the earth and the only hope is the friggin' Navy!
  Battle Los Angeles (2011) was focused on land military troops verses the outerworld. Surprisingly, it was worse than this one. Next year there might be an action flick with the airforce taking a stand against the invader title Battle E.T.
  Even when the movie tries to make sense of events it fails! Instead of drawing in the audience it gives them a headache instead of a climax. Sometimes I wonder how the American govt. can drain a dozen countries of oil and yet be unprepared for an outer space attack.
  For the pros the action, although highly disorientated, is good. The way the battle takes place on sea and the Navy use water-based warfare tactics to defend the home planet is admirably scripted. Acting is average but if Liam Neeson was given the lead role he would've outshined the rest of the cast immediately. Characters are not so well-developed but lovable. Action loves who prefer the latest graphics will come to adore this one. And yes it is a thrilling adrenaline-packed ride from start to finish. What you see (in the trailer) is what you get.
  Finally, B-ship relies 80% of its screentime on CGI. It could've just converted the whole movie into CGI like the Final Fantasy series. B-ship is good for a single-time watch. And for CGI lovers, it's durable for a second. For the critically-minded, it's plain time-pass. Battleship stars Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker and Tadanobu Asano. Pop singer Rihanna also has a prominent role as a tough Navy girl and she acted quite well. Given that she suited the role so much...

IMDB: 6.1/10.
Rotten Tomatoes: 33%.
BO101: 2/4.

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