Battle: Los Angeles
This is a mildly fun but instantly forgettable sci-fi romp, it’s like Gears of War but without any cool aliens.
We trolls love big budget sci-fi movies, and this was entertaining enough, but it did stretch on a bit. The film begins with a load of clichéd army dudes going through their various pesonal “issues” to try and hook us in. One guy is retiring after a long career, another is getting married; it’s all very patronizing but hey, we all knew that it was gonna be that kind of movie. And before long, the aliens invade and it’s off to war we go. The beginning of the battle, in which a team of Marines fight an unseen and seemingly unstoppable enemy in the abandoned streets of LA, is great, intense and exciting. Unfortunately the excitement fizzles before long. The biggest problem is that the aliens are really boring. They’re generic grey creatures straight from a rubbish playstation game.
As the banal aliens become easier and easier to kill, for no apparent reason, the clichés start to pile up. It’s just a shame that the aliens are so fucking boring, all the money spent on producing a blitzed out LA is wasted really. Poop. The various ships are cool, and there are some good effects as they blast between buildings, but after the final explosion all we could think was…I wish they’d of had some cool fucking aliens.