Battleship – Movie Review
- Published on Thursday, 03 May 2012 18:41
- Igor Hrenovac
Tonight on the repertoire we have Battleship. Now this is the movie that lots of people said will be something like Transformers. Seeing that they share the same production house, it’s not a surprise that the effects are on pair with Transformers. Saying that, the effects are really amazing as well as alien ships and small robots they are firing. But you can see that from the trailer or when you check out the movie.
Other than the special effects and kickass ship fighting scenes, the movie doesn’t really have a captivating and fresh story. Bunch of scientist find a life-sustaining planet far away and, obviously just because they can, they send out a signal to check if there’s any intelligent life on the planet. I guess they haven’t heard about the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” so naturally they got some unwanted attention of hostile aliens keen on destroying all life and taking the planets resources. I think we need some random guy in these kinds of movies to just stand near the chief guy and tell him “I told you so” when thing like this happens.
The alien ships arrived during the international war games and 3 ships were sent to check it out. Soon they were cut off from the rest of the fleet and this is where our movie truly begins. At least on sea, because we have a second group of “alien fighters” inland. Old, disabled marine veteran Mick (Gregory D. Gadson), scientist in charge of the satellite sending the signal Cal (Hamish Linklater) and a physical trainer Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), who is also the daughter of the admiral played by always good Liam Neeson. Now sadly, we don’t get to see him very much if at all in the movie even thou he’s posted as one of the main actors. Weird if you ask me, but that’s Hollywood for you.
So in his place, the crew is “lead” by Taylor Kitsch, whom you could have seen in this year’s John Carter playing the said character and 3 years ago in X-Men Origins: Wolverine playing Gambit. In this movie he’s playing Alex Hopper, a stubborn person without any ambition, job or ideas for future ‘till his brother Stone Hopper, played by Alexander Skarsgård, makes him join the Navy after he broke in a supermarket in order to impress Samantha. Now this would seem like an impossible task and probably would be in real life, but remember this is Hollywood and with that in mind our “hero” has changed most of his personality and became an officer, fastest in the entire US Navy history. But, since he’s still a stubborn person with a short fuse, he’s still a bit too wild to get any advancements pass rank Lieutenant.
One of the sailors under his command is Raikes, played by none other than Rihanna, a trigger happy girl with attitude so they get along just fine. I wouldn’t say that she has done a bad job in acting, but I can’t say I was impressed by her acting skills. If Rihanna keeps up with this line of work eventually she’ll become good so let’s all wish her luck with that. And last, but not the least member of the crew that actually joined her bit later under different circumstances, captain Nagata played by Tadanobu Asano. Nagata is like Alex, but he’s much more patient which is the reason why, at a certain point, Alex gave him the command of his ship. Strange thing to do, but under their situation I doubt that anything was strange.
Now as I’ve said before, the main attribute this movie has, are the special effects and lots of action which is almost non-stop after we pass the intro stage of the movie. Most of the negatives are based on the lack of story, al thou the idea was great, and somewhat on acting. If you don’t mind the story bit and just wanna relax and watch an action movie then this is a good choice.