Jan 12 2011 3:04pm

Battle: Los Angeles Trailer Review

Joining the deluge of movies about aliens is Battle: Los Angeles. It would appear to be a more localized riff on the Independence Day premise of “malevolent aliens exterminating the Earth’s human population in order to plunder our natural resources” premise, but with grittier cinematography and Michelle Rodriguez instead of Will Smith. Hmm. I never thought I’d say this, but can’t we just re-release Independence Day?

Something’s in the water. With last fall’s release of Skyline and Monsters, and this spring yielding this mildly ridiculous thing and the apparently-more-promising Paul and Cowboys vs. Aliens, there sure is a lot of extraterrestrial interest in Earth. Some of them are neutral or harmless (Monsters, Paul), but the ones in Battle: Los Angeles sure aren’t. They blow up a lot of stuff, and kill a lot of people. All to steal their natural resources. Human beings would never do such a thing.

Anyway, I’m kind of cheating with this prognostication, as I’m going by more than just the trailer, but a critic friend of mine—who has reasonably reliable taste—saw Battle: Los Angeles (he didn’t say how) and said it was godawful. So I’ll say this is probably not going to be terribly good. However, explosions and aliens don’t grow on trees, so on a slow night this March, when not feeling terribly cerebral, it might do.

Danny Bowes is a playwright, filmmaker and blogger. He is also a contributor to and

1. gregthings
This is always what I hoped the third ALien film would be- the earth war. Ah well... AT least there's a new Daniel Craig Bond flick coming.
2. David Klecha
As a Marine in Iraq, we did a lot of "what-iffing" around the table on how we would handle an invasion on our home soil, being the insurgents, etc. Personally, I think this looks like a fantastic take on that concept, using aliens in their familiar role of an external enemy absent the politics of making another human nation the invader (see: the political lines that get drawn around Red Dawn and its remake).

Frankly, Independence Day was crap in its own right, so I can't see how this could be worse than that. (And, near to my heart, it's Marine infantry this time instead of Marine aviators.)
Mike Conley
3. NomadUK
And yet further glorification of the military — who else can save us from the foreigners — er, aliens who want our oil — er, welfare payments — er, resources?

Contrast with The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which the peaceful alien holds a conference with scientists, or The War of the Worlds (with Gene Barry, not Tom Cruise), in which scientists ultimately figure out what's going on (though of course what happens is independent of their findings).

The relinquishing of control by civilians to the military continues apace, and films such as this continue to condition the public to it.
5. cranscape
Probably what Skyline should have been. Through that whole film I kept thinking, "Looks like something interesting is happening a few miles away from the main characters...oh look, they brought out a telescope to tease us with far off heroics..." Maybe this will wash the bad taste of that vapid film out of my mouth.
6. Egad01
> The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which the peaceful alien holds a conference with scientists

And explained that the peaceful aliens would unleash their killer robots to cinderize the Earth if we didn't clean up our act.
Dave Thompson
7. DKT
I dunno. It was pretty apparent to me from the original Skyline trailer that it was going to be horrible from the wooden acting to the cheap f/x.

This, on the other hand, looks pretty intense. I'm looking forward to it!
Mike Conley
8. NomadUK
Egado1@6: Said act being exemplified by surrounding his ship with tanks, shooting him when he emerged, and, prior to all that, detonating nuclear weapons in order to kill each other. I'd cinderise us, too.

In any event, as I recall, the robots acted automatically; they were already unleashed.
9. Makeda
This looks like the first movie in a series. Could a true planet-wide war be completed in one movie?
Mouldy Squid
10. Mouldy_Squid
A trailer review? Really?

Well, why not review the trailer. It has what will be the only worthwhile parts of the movie in it.
11. Janitor12345
I knew the movie would suck
12. James H
"Eckhart is a reliable pro, and he brings a sincere weight to his weathered staff sergeant. He commands his troops with a believable passion, and I could see why any marine would run into a crazy alien battle after one of his pep talks."


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