In Battleship, we see how the fleet of the Navy has to compete against aliens who set foot on earth. Trapped in an alien force field of more than 480 kilometers, five ships and five alien ships have to battle each other without any form of communication.
“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 a bit of 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 cliché 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 Buritto”. 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.
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.
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.