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Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Written by: Chris Bertolini
  • Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo, Michael Peña

The saving grace here is the incredible set-pieces as 'aliens' invade LA. Led by Eckhart, the cast wear their boot camp training well, moving convincingly as a unit into each theatre of flying debris and (occasionally ropey) CG enemies. Their characters are so thinly drawn that it's impossible to get attached to them, so when they're lined up as cannon fodder, the audience is left free to enjoy the spectacle without worrying too much about who's dying.

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Battle: Los Angeles - a worth-while but flawed addition to sci-fi/war movie genre

11 Mar 20112 stars

Aaron Eckhart leads a group of Marines in extra-terrestrial warfare

(12A) 116min Anyone stunned by the trailer for Battle: Los Angeles (see below) might feel disappointed by the first half hour of the film. Gone is the inventive, emotive soundtrack (by Icelandic musician Johann Johannsson), replaced by standard issue…

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