alien invasion

Battle: Los Angeles Review

Battle: Los Angeles is a bad alien invasion movie.  I give it 2.5 out of 10.  Overall this movie has some interesting ideas behind it with some nice details.  Unfortunately that is overshadowed by some major flaws in execution.  Unfortunately I wish the people who put together the amazing trailer for this movie would have been in charge of the entire film.  Don’t bother watching it save your money and time. 

What I expected to find is

  • Action lots of action
  • Explosions, I said lots of action including explosions so many to make Michael Bay proud.
  • Cool aliens, they should at lest visually be stunning.
  • Cool alien tech preferably attached to the action and mecha / giant killer robots a plus.
  • A fun movie

What I got was action teasing that promised but made me wait too long to deliver.  There are a lot of explosions but by then I was too bored to be that excited in them.  The aliens are neat and there are some cool details about them.  The alien tech was lacking and no more impressive then what we already have on this planet, they did travel across the universe to attack us.  Not a fun movie.

Battle: Los Angeles has a nice start with action and explosions promising a good alien invasion movie.  This was sadly replaced with over 15 minutes of boring, slow paced, unnecessary character development and melodrama.  After almost putting me to sleep we got back to the fight. 

The character development piece failed in bonding me to the characters and instead made me angry at the characters and more to the source with the writers for wasting time and excitement on character tropes that could just as easily been presumed.  After all the lead character could have just said “I’m getting too old for this shit” and done away with 5 minutes of the beginning plus I might have chuckled at the line.

Problems with Poor cinematography.  They tried to go for a jerky camera style to add to the tension, excitement and first person perspective.  A neat idea if pulled off well but for some reason some directors think that I’m a bobblehead doll.  In the heat of action I do not jerk my point of view around and stay out of focus in fact things tend to be more in focus and my point of view does not jostle that much even running.  Instead in this film there was a lot of jerky camera action and out of focus moments broke the immaculate reality.  They would have been better off just giving us a third person view at that point.

The roller-coaster pacing left me angry and in the end made this a boring alien invasion movie.  Bang!  Explosions with promise of action for a few minutes followed by 15 minutes of non action, that is just the beginning of the film.  There were moments of intense cool action but those were followed by major lows of boring narration and agonizing melodramatic moments. 


  • The start was exciting giving promise of action, explosions, and aliens
  • When there was action it was exciting, just unfortunately punctuated by long moments of boring narration and melodrama
  • They had some neat details like the alien anatomy and flyers


  • After the short beginning there was 15 minutes of slow paced narration and unnecessary character development.
  • Poor cinematography
  • Roller-coaster pacing
  • Too much melodrama:  I actually like and watch some really melodramatic shows but this crap was out of place and too much even for me.
  • Too much narration
  • Lacks tension

Battle: Los Angeles Theater or Renter?

Battle: Los Angeles is hitting the theaters 3-11-11 and thus begs the question: Theater? Renter? or don’t even care?

Before answering that we should address our expectations.  This is an alien invasion style movie this means that I don’t expect to find a thoughtful story, epic dialogue or deep characters those things are a bonus with this type of movie. 

What I do expect to find is

  • Action lots of action
  • Explosions, I said lots of action including explosions so many to make Michael Bay proud.
  • Cool aliens, they should at lest visually be stunning.
  • Cool alien tech preferably attached to the action and mecha / giant killer robots a plus.
  • A fun movie

With this in mind check out the trailer below.

This movie promises lots of action, explosions, cool aliens, cool alien tech and even giant killer robots!  Not only does it have that but this is a well put together trailer which is hopefully a sign of the quality of the move to proceed.  The music is provocative and the tension is exciting.

Definitely a theater for me!

Plot / Story

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine Staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.  (Wikipedia)(official site

The Camp and Fun of Planet 51

Planet 51
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Review: Planet 51

Imagine a typical science fiction alien invasion movie from the 1950's .  Now take that tale and turn it inside out add in fun and even more camp.  That is the premise for Planet 51.  We rented it through netflix had so much fun, fell in love with the movie and bought it.

Planet 51 got really bad reviews from the critics when it came out.  Initially those reviews made me hesitant to watch the movie but I'm so glad I didn't listen to the critics.  Thank God we are not so jaded that we would miss this warm, inviting, friendly and fun movie that brought us so joy.

This is a family movie not a kiddie movie.  There are a lot of fun little bits in it for the kids but also in the traditional style of the Walt Disney movies there are a lot of stuff in it for adults to enjoy too.  The stuff for adults is well hidden mainly through referential humor to adult movies and shows so only adults would get it.  There are also a fair bit of dirty jokes for the parents that is well hidden like how they did in Aladan.

Eric said it best by describing this movie as being like hoodwinked for sci-fi.


  • the alien dog:  "In space no one can here you scream"
  • voice cast is incredible:  Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese
  • Great exploration of the issue of terror in media
  • rover… he loves rocks!
  • The alien deterrent to protect you from probes.


  • It's not Shakespeare

Planet 51 is an owner, get your copy here / Rent it

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