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Thriller, Action, Adventure, War, Sci-Fi
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Peter Berg
Liam Neeson as Admiral Shane
Beau Brasseaux as Navy SEAL (as Beau Brasso)
John Bell as Angus
Leni Ito as Japanese News Anchor
John Tui as Beast
Gregory D. Gadson as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales
Joji Yoshida as Chief Engineer Hiroki
Rihanna as Raikes
Brooklyn Decker as Samantha
Peter MacNicol as Secretary of Defense
Tadanobu Asano as Nagata
Adam Godley as Dr. Nogrady
Taylor Kitsch as Alex Hopper
Alexander Skarsgård as Stone Hopper
Jerry Ferrara as Sampson JOOD Strodell
Joshua Pence as Chief Moore
Rico McClinton as Captain Browley
Storyline: Based on the classic Hasbro naval combat game, Battleship is the story of an international fleet of ships who come across an alien armada while on Naval war games exercise. An intense battle is fought on sea, land and air. What do the aliens want?
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USS Missouri
Warship fans in the 1950s will remember the excitement of awaiting each year the arrival of the annual reference volume called "Jane's fighting ships". Therein they would find, page by page, details of every warship in every country around the world. This was also en era when battleships ruled the oceans. At the pinnacle of the US fleet was the "Iowa class" battleship, intended initially intended to be six but eventually four built: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin. "Battleship" is a fictionalized story of USS Missouri. This paint-by-number alien invasion action flick is lifted a few notches because of this 70-year-old "dinosaur" which has served as a naval museum in Pearl Harbour since 1992.

Seven decades after WW II, Pearl Harbour in this move hosts joint naval exercise with the US and several Asian nations participating, including Japan. There is conflict, but it's a game. However, it soon turns into a deadly combats against aliens, a plot that might have been teleported directly from "Transformers". With more plot holes than the holes inflicted on the armour of the 21st century warships, this movie is nevertheless fun. While you may watch with dismay the idiotically primitive nature of the arsenal from aliens that can traverse the universe to reach earth (why don't they have deadly laser rays that turn our warship instantly to ashes), you have to understand that this is more a video game than a movie, insofar as the action aspects go. The adversaries have to be able to shoot at each other for what seems an eternity, with deafening sound to match. In this, the movie delivers: this is mindless fun, but fun nevertheless.

As mentioned, the climax comes when all the available warships (the rests are blocked behind a power shield) are sunk and our hero brings out USS Missouri, manned by retired navy personnel who actually served on the battleship. The movie is lifted a few notches.

I am not going to talk about the "human stories". "Paint-by-number", as I said, says it all. As to the cast, don't know why Taylor Kitsch was such a lethal presence for the box office in "John Carter". Maybe it wasn't his fault at all. If "Battleship" turns out to share the same fate (which I hope it wouldn't), it certainly isn't his fault either, playing a all too familiar seemingly clueless delinquent underdog eventually turned hero. Having just watched Liam Neeson in an inspired and inspiring performance in "Grey", it's not so bad seeing him in a pay-check-oriented role here in "Battleship", as the hero's intimidating prospective father-in-law cum commanding Admiral. Cool model Brooklyn Decker fulfils her destiny admirably here as eye candy, the Admiral's daughter. Delightful surprise is Alexander Skaragard who was quite impressive in an ensemble cast shared with his father in Cannes pedigree "Melancholia". As the protagonist's stern elder brother, his appearance is short but very watcheable. Another delightful surprise Tadanobu Asano, among the most recognizable Japanese actor in Hollywood (and "Japan's Johnny Depp", a reference I make every time I mention his name), play an adversary turned buddy, again all too familiar. And for those who enjoy the pop scene, there's Rihanna in her first movie role, wielding a formidable piece of artillery most of the time.
The most expensive but also brilliant joke ever!
This movie's rating unfortunately just shows how the mainstream audience simply didn't get the point of this movie, which... all starts with the premise of a game! Haha!

I will not spoil anything but if during the movie you sense scenes deviating from the standard clichés (making you question some of the scenes), there is a very good reason for it!

This movie's subject is not exactly what it first pretends to be! Take this movie in, try to watch past the eye-candish (and super-expensive) special effects and open your mind to understand the true meaning of this movie! You will be surprised!

Mankind is simply not ready yet for extra-terrestrial contact as long as it doesn't get past its own kind's conflicts!

'Battleship' is a Bad-Ass Entertainer! An Out-And-Out Popcorn Entertainer, with Remarkable Action-Sequences, Top-Notch Graphics & Convincing Performances working all the way to its advantage. I had a ball!

'Battleship' Synopsis: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.

Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber's Screenplay offers non-stop entertainment! Its fast, progressive & gives great scope for mind-blasting action. The Action-Sequences are Remarkable! The mainstay of this motion-picture, that has collected over 300 million dollars worldwide! Graphics are Top-Notch! Peter Berg's Direction is highly competent.

Performances are Convincing. Taylor Kitsch is worthy as the hero. Alexander Skarsgård is fantastic. Brooklyn Decker is a bonus to any film. Rihanna is pretty raw & ruthless, while the Great Liam Neeson is a joy to watch, as always.

On the whole, 'Battleship' is a Winner! Recommended!
C'mon, it's not that bad
There may be some inadvertent spoilers in this review, so beware! I went to see this movie with my girlfriend expecting an action movie with (based on the previews) really good special effects. After the first 5mins of the movie, it became apparent that Battleship was going to mix in some comedy as well. Both my girlfriend and I were both laughing a lot at the beginning of the movie, and it loosened our original perception of the movie. Now, we were just there to have a good time.

For the most part, I was impressed. A good amount of the negative reviews I have read seem to not even be about this movie. I read one that literally stated, "Why did we have to slaughter these aliens that were just trying to get home?" They were obviously not watching the same movie. These aliens were trying to use our satellites to bring more ships to earth to take over the planet! They were piggy-backing on our technology because their communications ship crashed at the beginning. They weren't some well to do aliens who accidentally crashed and were trying to get home! This was an invasion! Another review said there were too many side stories... There were literally two. The main story arc deals with the main character fighting the aliens, and then his girlfriend is helping an army vet who lost his legs and they get into some trouble. That's pretty much it.

The one big problem I had was the super cheesy part towards the end when all of the old veterans working on the Mighty Mo are posing all over the ship and Hopper gives them the mini speech about asking them to do more for their country. Plus, the idea of running a WWII era battleship with about 10 Navy Sailors and 10 60+ year old vets is a little... unbelievable. I'm not 100% on this, but the standard crew for a Missouri type battleship is over 2000. That was just way too corny for my taste, but it didn't take away too much from the over all movie.

All in all, it was a lot of fun. The movie had great special effects, the interplay between the actors was amusing, and at times, just plain funny. The story was okay, there are a few things that were kind of left hanging, but this isn't supposed to be some artsy, independent film. I disagree with the reviewer who says that "It's an action movie" isn't a good excuse. I say it is. If you want moving dialog, Oscar worthy acting, and a swath of top name actors... This probably isn't the movie for you. If you just want to have a good time, have some laughs, see some great special effects and walk away from a movie with a smile on your face, go see this movie.
Transformers on water + Rihanna = Pants
Battleship is loosely based on the board game Battlships and stars Taylor Kitsch as an unlikely hero in a battle between the US Navy and alien invaders. We see Kitsch at the beginning of the film in a bar being told he has to think about his future. He is 26 and without a job, living on the sofa of his Naval Officer brother's house. He is reckless and seemingly lacks direction. Then suddenly he is a Lieutenant in the US Navy and in charge of the weapons or something on the USS John Paul Jones (which isn't named after the Led Zeppelin bassist unfortunately). While out on manoeuvres with an international fleet off the coast of Hawaii, Kitsch (and Rihanna…sigh…) are sent to investigate a crashed UFO somewhere in the Ocean. It transpires that five alien ships have been dispatched to Earth after a transmission to their home planet. After travelling though millions of miles of space, one ship inexplicably hits a satellite in Earth's orbit, while the other four plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) orders a warning shot which starts a battle. A battle with ships.

I was sceptical going in about how a film could be made based on a game I used to play with my dad using two pens and a maths exercise book. For about five minutes, two thirds in, the film succeeds in making a film like the game. This sequence is also exciting and interesting. For the rest of the film, bar the odd overhead shot of ships in formation, it might as well have been any old Naval action movie.

There is so much wrong with this movie that I could go on for pages but I'll try and keep it brief. Firstly, the dialogue is atrocious. It's like it was written by a teenager who has seen two action movies. It is so cheesy that it is actually funny. Secondly, the acting is really bad. Good actors such as Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard have no more than fifteen minutes of screen time between them and instead we are left with Rihanna who mainly sits by a computer and says "Yes Sir!" I'm pleased that she didn't take the Britney Spears Crossroads route into acting but she hardly sets the world alight and her casting is an obvious attempt to draw in people who wouldn't see the movie without her in it. Brooklyn Decker spends most of the film standing on a mountain with a legless man, looking confused but pretty. This is apart from one scene in which she is somehow channels Colin McRae and becomes a rally driver. She is nothing more than eye candy here. After the critical and commercial failure of John Carter, Taylor Kitsch again fails to impress and lacks the charisma to carry the film. I personally think that Skarsgard would have been a better choice for the role. He completely outclasses Kitsch in their scenes together and has bags of charisma. The whole film is played far too straight. It is always so serious. Blockbusters used to be fun and this definitely isn't.

Much of the film is stupid and makes no sense. After an alien craft destroys a 7,000 tonne Cruiser, a mile away, it then fails to blow up a rubber dinghy carrying Kitsch and Rihanna which is ten feet from its hull. Also, after a ship has been destroyed with tremendous loss of life, someone asks Kitsch if everyone is OK to which he replies "Yes!" What he meant to say is "Well I'm fine, Rihanna's fine and the Japanese guys alright too". The entire plot is as full of holes as the destroyed Cruiser while the obvious product placement will have you stopping by Subway on your way home to pick up a Coke Zero. One thing that really annoyed me was the constant robotic/electronic noises which permeate the whole film. They are present in most sci-fi action films but just sound ridiculous. The film's ending is ridiculous too.

The next paragraph contains spoilers.

After aliens have destroyed all of the modern ships, Kitsch et al find the 70 year old museum ship the USS Missouri and along with about five shells and a crew of pensioners manage to defeat the aliens when 21st Century technology has failed! Its admirable that the film makers used real WWII Veterans but their inclusion helps to pile on the cheesiness.

Spoilers over.

On the plus side, some of the GCI is good. The design of the alien ships and particularly the aliens themselves were excellent. A lot of though had gone into what they looked like and why and they were very believable. Another aspect I liked was that the aliens are never the aggressors. This also felt realistic and believable. If we went to a new world, we wouldn't go in all guns blazing Independence Day style but would identify targets and differentiate between friend and foe. At the beginning of the film I thought that maybe this would be a rare Blockbuster in which the USA doesn't go it alone but apart from a token Japanese guy, the excellent Tadanobu Asano (Zatoichi) this turned out to be the case.

The message the film delivers is commendable but is unfortunately lost in the explosions. The film is trying to tell us that sometimes the old ways are better and that we shouldn't rely too heavily on technology but the way it tells you is ridiculous and laughable. On the whole the film is a massive disappointment. It is too long, it takes itself far too seriously, is no fun and features terrible acting and dialogue. The relationships feel false and while you'd expect a side of cheese, here it is served as the main course. If you want to watch Transformers on water then this is for you but if you want something more you need look elsewhere.

Best time I had at the movies as I can ever remember
Lock your seats down, fasten your seat-belts and get ready for the ride up to the top. Only 20 minutes until the background story and characters are established before the ride hits full momentum and doesn't let go. This movie does an over the top job of what it sets out do do: Entertain and thrill you like no other. The Special effects are insane, the soundtrack was awesome. The imagination of the creators was fantastic. The alien craft were truly amazing to behold, and equally so was the emergence of the USS Missouri from retirement *Spoiler*... In my showing the audience went crazy when the USS Missouri pulled out to sea after 70 years in retirement to an AC/DC "Thunderstruck" sound track. Battleship is a "balls to the wall" "Rock n' Roll" all out smash mouth action movie with amazing eye candy from beginning to end. -And yes! I loved the characters, they were well developed. Go see it while its in theaters. I loved this movie and it was the absolute best time I can remember at the movies. My final thoughts are that Battleship is the ultimate combination of over the top special effects with a story that works. Bravo! To those that gave this a negative review: Go back to "Gone with the Wind" and "Bridges Over Madison County" because clearly you weren't at Battleship to have a FUN TIME at the movies. I'll be going back again!
went in with low expectations but actually enjoyed it
ill have to browse other movie reviews to compare but i watch a lot of movies and rarely give bad reviews to action or suspense type movies which i enjoy. 007 skyfall and con air may be the only movies I've ever truly hated but anyway i heard a lot of bad reviews on this movie and was really skeptical but it came on HBO so i decided to watch it and i think its one of the better sci-fi movies I've seen since starship troopers or independence day. it was hard to overlook rhianna being a character in the film but she did an OK job. i don't understand people saying the movie was "boring", i mean there was action almost the entire way through once the invasion came. like i said im pretty reasonable, i enjoyed waterworld as well even though thats considered one of the biggest bombs ever.
"The Poseidon Adventure" Meets "Transformers"
If one were wondering how anyone could possibly make a movie from the board game "Battleship," the answer is: make a movie whose sole tie to the board game is that it has a battleship in it.

Everything else about this film is "original" alien invasion hokum. Like a Michael Bay film, it's a recruitment ad for the armed forces, and it's preposterously long (129 minutes?!!), but if you can deal with those two strikes against it, it's not a terrible film. Going in with low enough expectations, there's a lot of enjoyment to be had. The film is of course fun to make fun of, but it's more than willing to make fun of itself, which makes it better than a lot of other movies in similar genres. There are a whole bunch of snazzy special effects, but they all look like the CGI effects that every movie has now, and none of them are especially memorable. They're more memorable than Taylor Kitsch as the main protagonist, however, who nonetheless manages to hold his own in scenes with Liam Neeson, mostly because Neeson's phone-it-in performance seems to have been filmed completely separately from anything else having to do with the movie and spliced in later.

Still, this is what the term "guilty pleasure" was invented to describe.

Grade: B
Annual US Armed Forces Recruitment Film - 2012 version
What is a fact is a fact. There is no denying. Peter Berg and Universal execs probably envious of big box office profits of latest trend of Michael Bay Aliens vs US Army , decided to adapt another of Hasbro titles , old "Battleship" game into a movie. That's right. Video games , comic books , action figures all run out. Now boardgames are latest target of stupid , empty headed but CGI overloaded studio production.

Actually whole movie is a huge excuse for cramming as much CGI explosion , special effects s possible. Characters are paper thin boring clichés. To increase appeal photogenic super model like actors who can not act are in the movie ( neither Brooklyn Decker nor Rhianna can act worth a damn. There are in movie for eye candy. Liam Neeson has just 10 minutes of screen time. Taylor Kitsch was not too bad in John Carter but in Battleship his character is worst kind of stereotype , suffering from Captain Kirk syndrome) but like in GI Joe it does not help. Actions of aliens make no sense and are not defined. Producers probably decided that Air Force , Marine Corps had enough fun repelling freaking alien invasions so it is Navy's turn. Story is weak. So they added every possible cliché from sci-fi genre : instant battlefield promotion , male hero taking responsibility in crisis , his hot girlfriend involving a pointless secondary story ( a trick in script writing that dates back to disaster flicks of 1970'ies ) US military kicking ass of faceless aliens ( when these freaky fictional aliens will learn that in Hollywood fairy land they have no chance against humans with cocky attitude ? ) etc....What else ? Ruined cities check , geeky scientists check , trashed military hardware check , no blood or casaulties in ruins check , middle aged government officials making emergency conferences shouting computer screens to hammer gravity of crisis check , evil genocidal aliens with energy shields , powerful weapons , interstellar travel and other overdone technological advances check , same aliens having a weaknesses in their tech to be exploited in CGI battles check , cringe worthy exposional dialog check....List goes like that.

Make no mistake. Battleship will make money probably a decent profit due to its marketing campaign for targeted audience ( teenage , uneducated young adult populace who do not know how to distinguish between quality and cr..p. They are majority audience ) Box Office performance usually determined by shape of your marketing and selling your movie to your audience. But a year from now I doubt anyone who watched Battleship , basically Independence Day made for 2012 season ( come to think of it Roland Emmerich could also direct this ) , will remember that they paid cash to see it without embarrassing themselves.

Universal just expanded 200+ million dollars for a bad militaristic seasonal product. Can you point out how different it is from Battle LA ? Even old World War 2 propaganda movie "Why We Fight ?" has more substance than this one
Complete waste!
Don't watch this one. It's a complete waste! The film touts Liam Neeson as one of the actors so you may be lured into thinking it might be good, but he only plays a minor role in the movie. Two of the main characters are played by a couple of wash outs who starred as high school football players in the TV series "Friday night lights", so this should give you an indication about the quality of this film. The main issue though is a complete lack of plausibility. This is always difficult in any "alien invasion" movie, but in this one, it's lacking completely. First, the lead actor who starts off as a long haired, drunken bar fly who gets arrested for breaking in to a convenience store, emerges in the next scene as a member of the US Navy -- Not as an entry level sailor, but as an officer?? Hmmm....Then there are the hapless alien invaders, who after traveling several light years to reach Earth, only manage to topple a destroyer. They are then summarily defeated by an obsolete WWII battleship firing 15 inch cannon shells??..........ET phone home......Please!...You're not ready to invade Earth! If you do wish to give it another try, next time maybe pack a couple of Japanese Zeros!
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