Battleship: New In Theaters Review

When NASA scientist send out a signal to a far off galaxy in hope of a response from an intelligent life form, they get more than they bargained for. Years later, during a Naval training exercise, alien invaders land in the ocean and put up a shield trapping three of the navy’s ships and engage them in battle. With superior power, the aliens quickly defeat two of the ships leaving just one left to fight for mankind. With the last ship losing it’s Captain, the ship’s command is turned over to Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) who is far from commanding material. Now it will be up to Lt. Hopper to find a way to defeat the aliens while also stopping them from sending a signal back to their home planet for reinforcements. He will need the help of his crewmates, Petty Officer Raikes (Rihanna), Petty Officer Ordy (Jesse Plemons), Chief Moore (Josh Pence), and the captain from one of the other destroyed ships, Captain Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano) if they are going to have any chance at defeating this alien menace.

This movie is based on the classic naval combat game Battleship by Hasbro. If you have never played the game, its premise is to destroy your opponents ships by blindly calling out positions on the board in an attempt to find out where your opponents ships are located. In the movie the battleships discover that they can locate the aliens position in a similar way, thereby living up to the movie’s Hasbro game name. The battle scenes were pretty good. The special effects were also very well done, although there was one alien tactic that was kind of Transformer-ish. I did not like the script too much, it was kind of corny and had no real substance. There was a side story of the main character Alex Hopper wanting to marry Sam (Brooklyn Decker), the daughter of Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). I found this to be a recycled storyline of “boy wanting to prove himself to the girl’s father”. This always seems to be the case in these movies where the commanding officer has a daughter. This movie did represent the Navy military well as it used real named battleships in its filming, giving it an authentic feel. Overall I felt this movie was a project that was put together rather fast. Maybe the studio was searching for a new movie idea and someone shouted out this Hasbro game as a possible storyline. I hope that Hollywood isn’t running out of good script ideas or we may see a Monopoly movie some where down the line. I can see the premise now, “a wealthy tycoon bent on controlling all of the city’s property, and he will bankrupt all that stand in his way”. Anyway, I gave this movie 2 ships out of 4. The action scenes are what make this movie worth seeing. The movie runs 2 hours and 11 minutes. It was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language. The film was Directed by Peter Berg. It was written by Jon & Erich Hoeber.

“You sunk my battleship” – Ezo
Next movie reviewed: TBD

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