Battle: Los Angeles
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world – Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and 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.
This movie makes a fatal mistake which the second “Transformers” movie made. It is so filled with violence, shootings, explosions and erupting fires throughout, that it doesn’t build to a crescendo or a higher level. Much of it just becomes boring after a while.
On the other hand, a scene in which a young boy’s father dies a heroic death as a civilian helping defend the homeland is touching and it moved me. The suspense of waiting to see what the dreaded aliens look like also was handled with appropriate delays and built to the dramatic moment nicely.
The movie gets better as it goes if one is talking about the drama and plot. A sergeant, who some believe is the incompetent sole survivor after letting his men die in a previous battle, rattles off the name of every man who died including their serial numbers. He actually cared very much for them and says a day doesn’t go by when he doesn’t see their faces in his mind. However, on the down side, there is a steady stream of strong language throughout the entire movie and constant violence so for us here at Dove, we cannot award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as it is far outside our guidelines in these content areas, including the sexual content due to some graphic comments and jokes.