Battleship (2012)

Battleship (2012)
  • Time: 131 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Peter Berg
  • Cast: Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch


An international naval coalition becomes the world’s last hope for survival as they engage a hostile alien force of unimaginable strength called The Regents who attempt to invade Earth to build a power source in the ocean. Lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is assigned to the ship USS John and winds up commanding the team responsible for repelling the invaders before it’s too late. In the daunting mission, Hopper must also try to live up to the potential his brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård) and his fiancée’s father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), expect of him.


  • First off – this movie is your standard 2 hour action romp, and in that, it in my opinion does well. If you have trouble accepting an excuse of a plot, that lasers do not work that way, and that aliens want specifically our planet even though there are much better planets nearby that wont fight back, well,this film just is not for you. If you expect anything else than big explosions, lame puns and a simple storyline, you will be disappointed.

    The key to enjoyment of this film is simply to not take this movie seriously at all, flick the critical thinking off switch in your brain and just enjoy it for what it is – an Independence Day -esque battle against aliens that want to conquer Earth for whatever reason. Again, if this is too much for you, just stand back and leave the movie back on the shelf… If you don’t, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

    As for myself, I found the movie well enough entertaining to use it for passing a couple of hours on a Friday evening and did not regret it. The visuals are easily what you would expect from a movie such as this – adequate-to-top-notch CGI (even if the designs themselves were corny), plenty of visually impressive explosions and of course not all of the things are realistic – we’re talking about aliens here.

    The plot… Many people chide this movie for the plot, but come on, reading the premise, what do you expect? To me the plot is just an excuse for the action and I have nothing to complain about the action scenes – explosions, tactical combat, more explosions, fun times were had by all that were not invading aliens.

    If there’s anything I’d fault this movie for it is the acting. Or an actor. Two actors. Generally the acting isn’t that bad, but Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård chew the scenery, so to speak, and hard. It’s probably not their fault, just how the characters were written, but neither really don’t have the action hero charisma to pull it off – if we had Bruce Willis or Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role, this would of been a 10/10 movie for me. Also, Rihanna surprised me in this film – I’m not a fan of her music, but she would make a pretty decent actor if she ever quits singing.

  • “Let’s drop some lead on those motherf… ”

    I really didn’t have high expectations when I started watching “Battleship”, and yet I had a great time with this action packed SF. Ultimately, this movie shows what they initially made it ​​for: awful lot of action and stupid violence, heroism of the highest order and sometimes some humor. Despite the length of the movie , I didn’t get bored and it wasn’t as usual a battle against sleep. Granted, you should not expect too much of the storyline or look for any depth in the story. The story on its own isn’t logical either. But that can’t spoil the fun, and you can expect some blasting action scenes.

    About the performances we can be brief : there weren’t any because that was totally unnecessary and there was no need to bring up profound characters . It was a hodgepodge of cliche personalities as we have seen already in multiple movies. First you have the Hopper brothers. Stone is the caring and perfect soldier ( Alexander Skarsgard ) who has a neatly controlled life and knows his responsibilities and tries to explain that to the rebellious profligate brother Alex ( Taylor Kitch ). When they are celebrating Alex his birthday in a dark bar, purely by coincidence the Admiral his daughter Sam ( Brooklyn Decker ) walks in there for a “Chicken Burrito”. Her well formed shapes make Alex his hormones go totally flabbergasted. The result is a ridiculous intrusion as we have already seen a lot on You Tube . Before you know it , he is also in the navy and promoted at a very short notice to Lieutenant.

    The Admiral himself is played by Liam Neeson. He’s just for a little time in the picture and probably has accepted this role for filling up a hole in his busy schedule. Rihanna played a female macho. To be honest, I didn’t recognize her at all, and oddly enough she didn’t bother me. A starring role for me was the interpretation by Gregory D. Dadson of the veteran Canales, because it was so spontaneous and eventually was the funniest part. The moment when the alien stared at his two prosthetics was priceless. Most useless (but necessary) contribution was the gang of “Benidorm Bastards” that eventually took care of things.

    About the images I was pretty satisfied. It had a “Pacific Rim” feeling. The special effects were sometimes hugely impressive. The alien spacecrafts were realistic and looked ominously threatening. Huge monstrous vehicles which moved with tremendous force on the ocean. The look of the naval fleet was sometimes really amateurish. The naval battles gave me a “Pearl Harbour” feeling. Only the latter movie was better in terms of effects. The moment the destroyer started to sink and Alex and the Japanese captain Nagata stood at the stern, the comparison with “Titanic” wasn’t far off. Sometimes the shots seemed to be made ​​in a bathtub with Dinkey Toys toys. The aliens did their best to act aggressively. But it was nevertheless quite ridiculously when they were confronted with a human and turned into a friendly E.T.

    The reason why those aliens came to earth is not entirely clear. To me it seemed like it was for them to test whether they could set up a communication line with their home planet. And every time I wonder why humanity always seeks contact with a life form that is light years from here. If they are out there, you can nevertheless assume that if this race can come over here, they have outclassed our technology in all areas. Well it’s nice that Cal Zapata reminds us twice that when an alien race reacts to the signal and makes contact, this would be like when Columbus discovered the Indians. Except that we are now the Indians.

    Oh well, the final result was something like “Top Gun”. Again a demonstration of the American superiority in the Military field. And then we also get to see some retired sailors who manage to get a museum piece to work again. And luckily there’s even ammunition on board to use. These triggerfinger-grandfathers shoot those aliens back into space so there is a peaceful ending and Alex can ask the Admiral for permission to marry his daughter. That this was going to happen was obvious. But it was still enjoyable to watch this entertaining spectacle (with an empty head). Sometimes it’s just that plain simple.

  • When Hollywood takes an old board game and turns it into a blockbuster, you know they are running out of ideas. But credit to them, they do have ideas on how to make a blockbuster. Battleship is loud, dumb, and as charitable a phrase to describe a blockbuster that is loud and dumb – it is ‘a visual spectacle’.

    And indeed it is. Director Peter Berg, who has always wanted to make a naval action picture, gets his wish as he helms this expensive project aimed at the crowd who adored the ‘Transformers’ trilogy. In other words, this will make more money than John Carter (2012).

    A familiar face from John Carter appears in Battleship. He is Taylor Kitsch, who plays the lead in both movies. In Berg’s film, he is joined by popular singer Rihanna, who makes a decent feature film debut, Alexander Skarsgard as his onscreen brother, Brooklyn Decker as his lover (and who also plays the requisite ‘Megan Fox’ role, albeit one with more brains)… And of course Liam Neeson, who in recent years seems like he is in every other movie punching the living daylights out of an assortment of people and animals in various weather conditions.

    Berg’s direction is considerably sound. He knows how to film action. And when I say he knows how to film action, I mean that we are able to comprehend the mayhem that unfolds on the big screen.
    Wide shots and constant editing back and forth among characters at different locations (or ships) help to establish who’s at where at a given time. Though I must say that Berg does indulge in lots of explosions, in a ‘Battleberg v. Battlebay’ contest to see who can blow up more things in an action movie.

    No one goes to see a movie titled Battleship to be enlightened by the nuances of its screenplay, which tells a predictable aliens versus humans struggle. The humans have their Destroyers and Battleships on their side, and their motivation is to protect the seas of Earth.

    The aliens however seem hell bent in trying to phone home. But what for? Are they lost? Are they calling for reinforcements? Maybe the most head scratching question would be: Why did they come here in the first place? All these are not answered, and it’s not supposed to be a thought-provoking film.

    To be honest, although Battleship is dumb, it is smarter than you think. True to the tradition of the board game, there are certain action sequences that make use of slightly modified hide-and-seek strategies that are employed in the board game. And the climatic sequence is all about strategy.

    Battleship will appease moviegoers looking for ‘a visual spectacle’, though it is a prelude to better things to come in the next few months. It is also a prelude to other board game movies coming up. Last I heard and I’m ain’t kidding, there might be a ‘Monopoly’ movie. There might also be ‘Lego: The Movie’. Well, it’s technically not a board game, but cinematically I think you get what I mean.

    Verdict: A passable popcorn action flick that unashamedly flaunts its dumb blockbuster tag, though it’s a tad smarter than you think!

    GRADE: C- (5.5/10)

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