“A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders.” 

  Battle: Los Angeles is a generic, over-fried doughnut with a cliche cream filling. It’s so plain and unoriginal that you immediately forget about it the moment it’s over. The plot and script are two of the biggest weaknesses of the film and each scene of dialogue between rather lackluster moments of action are clearly filler. With a story similar to Independence Day and District 9, one would think it would be much more compelling than it really is. None of the characters are developed enough to care about and when someone dies, you don’t feel emotional, you feel confused as to who it is that actually died. 

May you walk at the side of God, James. No, John? Jake? Oh, yeah…Kevin. 

   Aaron Eckhart is the only actor worth mentioning in the film and, although his presence adds the smallest bit of credibility to Battle: LA, it’s not enough to save it. He’s believable as a staff sergeant in the army, but an officer is only as good as the men he leads. In this case, each member of his unit is an empty shell of a character used specifically as a plot device to throw more bodies at the enemy. Speaking of which, the enemies are aliens that have come to earth to drain the world of water, which they use as fuel. They kind of look like tall, robotic Venus fly traps with arms that swing around like a monkey. Even then, they look very uninspired. 

Lego comes up with better designs. 

   Overall, Battle: LA is just too bland and unoriginal to be worth a recommendation. The film is weak all around and not even the special effects or action can save the terrible script. However, the movie would make for an interesting video game and, after watching it, I have quite the urge to play some Call of Duty. Unlike most similar films, I think of how good it could have been if certain things were tweaked. With Battle: LA, however, I can’t really think of anything to change to make the film amazing. Too many components are less than great and Battle: LA should just be a movie you skip. 

The Good:
Aaron Eckhart and a surprisngly good score by Brian Tyler
The Bad:
action sequences filmed by a cameraman with a caffeine addiction, as every shakes and jumps around constantly
The Ugly:
a plot with no heart or substance and characters so boring you don’t care what happens to them

Overall: 4.7/10

Best Quote:
… I need to watch better movies

Trailer:

Go play video games instead… woo gratuitous violence!

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Written By Nick

Nick is a man obsessed with all things related to film. From the most obscure to the very popular, he’s seen it all and hopes to one day turn his obsession into a career that makes a lot of money so he can buy a monkey, a bulldog, and a full size Batman suit.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16428986542891346618 Richard Kirkham

    Nick,
    We are clearly on different sides of the wall for this one. I think you looked at this the wrong way, it is not really about the alien invasion, or the family stories of the marines. It is about what real soldiers have to do in combat situations. While an alien invasion story makes it science fiction, almost everything in the movie is focused on how actual military personnel would have to respond in the situations they find themselves in.

    I may be more enthusiastic because I don’t play those combat games and so I’m not used to the story lines and graphics. Maybe some of those games alter the way you are seeing this. I watched this today, after reading you review to see if I felt the same way about it. (I’m not trying to promote my site on yours by posting this link, It is simply a more detailed than a response comment can be. Feel free to delete if you think it is pushing it to share this way)

    http://kirkhamclass.blogspot.com/2011/03/battle-la.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08461049654345906648 Nick

    Post all you want. Hell you deserve it with how much comments you leave. Speaking of which.. I need a 250×90 px version of your logo so I can include it on here.

    But yes, I understand where you were coming from but I don’t know.. maybe I just couldn’t relate as much or something. I was looking for aliens lol.