It’s time. Time for high body counts, mass hysteria, alien invaders, explosions, tanks, helos (I learned that’s what the Marine’s call a chopper!), machine guns and a hell of a lot one liners like “we’ve already had breakfast”! Hell yeah! Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters this weekend with a whole lot of blood-shed! This movie is basically a video game on the big screen. For those of you looking for a good popcorn flick with plenty of solid action, this film delivers. On the other hand if you’re looking for a solid story, you might be better off with Jane Eyre or last week’s The Adjustment Bureau. Let me explain…

The Players:

  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Writer: Christopher Bertolini
  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Ramon Rodriguez, Cory Hardrict, Gino Anthony Pesi, Ne-Yo, James Hiroyuki Liao, Bridget Moynahan, Noel Fisher, Michael Peña, Michelle Rodriguez
  • Original Music by: Brian Tyler
  • Cinematography by: Lukas Ettlin

The Plot:

The aliens are here!!! Send the Marines! Honestly, that’s all you need to know, the rest is just padding.

The Good:

  • Aaron Eckhart…’s chin: This man was MADE to play a war hero. He looks like he’s built of nails, he’s got just the right amount of stubble on that action-hero chin that could star in an film all by itself! He’s got the looks, he’s got the talent, he makes the special effects feel real — he was born to lead a film like this and it’s great to see him do it.
  • The Effects: If you’ve seen the trailer you know how great the effects are, the film is equally as good. Everything from the detail on the aliens to the on the ground action scenes where you feel like you’re inside a war are amazingly well done.
  • The One Liners: There’s nothing better than getting through a big battle and ending it with a cheesy one-liner, this film has a lot of battles and a lot of one-liners and I for one loved them.
  • Outsiders: No one knows what’s going on in the film, neither the audience of the characters. There is no higher power walking us through, no inside source that can help, you’re literally stuck in the middle of this war with an unknown entity, getting news the way anyone would, from watching “the news” and you’re left watching everything get destroyed with seemingly no way out — that’s the fun of this movie and there are times when they absolutely nail it.
  • The First Act: The film starts with one hell of a bang. Putting you in the world, not knowing what’s coming next and leaving you lost amongst the insanity. It’s a fun ride. Sadly it’s hard to keep up for 116 minutes.

The Bad:

  • Runtime: One of the most common problems with films of this size is that for some reason they all have to be nearly two hours for people to get their fill, which in turn means a lot of filler. This film would have been much better off at a high paced 90-95 minutes, without so much drama and unnecessary subplots..
  • The Drama: They’re obviously trying to give the film heart and I say “trying” because it’s extremely forced and shoe-horned in. The emotional scenes could have been more simple and therefore more effective than the seemingly forced sympathy they tried to pull from the audience.
  • Body Count: I would like to re-watch this film and keep a tally on the dead vs. the living. It looks like the whole platoon gets knocked out several times except there are always more people that seem to be left fighting. They’re like termites those humans! I’m not sure how this works, if anyone out there goes to see it and has an answer I’d love to know it!


It’s not the best of it’s genre, but it’s got some solid actions scenes and would go nicely with a drink and popcorn.

Rating: 6.5/10

Battle: Los Angeles hits theaters March 11th!

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