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April 22, 2012

Battleship (2012)

"It's the North Koreans, I'm tellin' ya!"




As Earth's astral technology is advancing, humans are finally able to locate distant planets including Planet Goldilocks which was identified having the same features as Earth... Opportunists sends out signals to the planet hoping the beings there respond in a diplomatic way for the benefit of both planets... The aliens' respond, however, is not friendly...




A little trivia - this movie is based on a board game by Hasbro




I had quite a few reasons to be excited over the showing of this movie... The main reason would be because it's a war movie which I love... I expected a bombardment of action scenes and gun firing and giant explosions... The other reason was because this movie is one of the first high budgeted movies this year... Wrath of the Titans was rather disappointing, so I really hoped that this one delivered... The last reason was how my friends who had watched it before me reacted after watching... They said that it was awesome, cool and the best 2012 movie so far... Upon hearing their comments, on the second day of the showing, I persuaded my wife to come with me to the cinemas... My wife was not a fan of alien movies and therefore I kinda hoped that Battleship could change her perception... 


The Humor

The first thing that I liked about this movie was the humor brought by the problematic Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) and his wild acts of flirt to gain the attention of Samantha (Brooklyn Dekker), Admiral Shane's (Liam Neeson) daughter... His funny moments continued even after he joined the navy as ordered by his older brother Stone Hopper (Alexander Skargard)...


The Special Effects

The mood shifted from humorous to serious as five alien space crafts landed in waters near Hawaii islands... I was astonished by the special effects when the aliens started to make their moves... As expected from the creators of Transformers... I loved the design of alien space ships where they "hopped" on water instead of hovering on the surface... The rolling assault vehicles were also awesome... 


The Action

The action part, on the other hand, was a letdown for me... I found the battle between the three destroyers versus the alien crafts not very engaging...

The aliens seemed so superior at first - just by sounding their reply warning left all deck hands on the three destroyers paralyzed and vulnerable to attack... However, as the movie progressed, the aliens became more and more careless... a laughing stock... 

I was hoping that the battle between destroyers and aliens to be more long lasting as it will increase the tension... Yes, there were explosions and gunning, but there were no "Whoa, shit!!" moments... 


Rihanna??

Having Rihanna to play a badass chick didn't help with anything... Who's idea was it to put her on board? Through out the movie, I hoped the aliens murder her in cold blooded... 


The verdict is, this movie was a big letdown for me... I personally think that it's on par with Wrath of the Titans... Just average, just a popcorn flick... Maybe it's my fault for expecting too much out of it... 


2.5 out of 5 stars...



Though some might disagree with me... For example, my friend Adi here... :-P


So watch and decide on your own...

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