World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles - A Review
World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles is a sci-fi action film directed by Jonathan Liebesman and written by Christopher Bertolini. It stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, and Ne-Yo as a group of U.S. Marines who fight against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. The film was released on March 11, 2011 and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. It grossed $211 million worldwide against a budget of $70 million.
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The film begins with a series of news reports about UFO sightings around the world, including Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, and China. The U.S. military suspects that the objects are meteors, but soon discovers that they are actually spacecrafts carrying hostile extraterrestrials. The aliens launch a coordinated attack on major cities across the globe, aiming to wipe out humanity and colonize Earth.
In Los Angeles, Marine Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Eckhart) is preparing to retire after a failed mission in Iraq that resulted in the deaths of his men. He is assigned to a new platoon led by Second Lieutenant William Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez), who is inexperienced and nervous. The platoon is ordered to join other forces at Santa Monica Airport for extraction, but they encounter heavy resistance from the aliens along the way. They also rescue some civilians, including veterinarian Michele (Moynahan) and children Hector (Bryce Cass) and Kirsten (Joey King).
The platoon reaches the airport, but finds out that the air support has been cancelled and that they have only three hours before the military launches a massive bombing on the city. They decide to continue their mission and attempt to reach an extraction point at Dodger Stadium. Along the way, they face more alien attacks and suffer casualties. They also learn that the aliens are vulnerable to headshots and that they are using Earth's water as a power source.
The platoon manages to reach Dodger Stadium, where they are picked up by helicopters. However, one of the helicopters is shot down by an alien drone, and Nantz volunteers to go back and rescue the survivors. He finds Corporal Kevin Harris (Ne-Yo), who has captured an injured alien. Nantz interrogates the alien and learns that its command center is located under a nearby police station. He contacts Martinez, who is on another helicopter, and informs him of the situation.
Martinez decides to lead a final assault on the alien command center, despite being wounded and low on ammunition. He orders Nantz to take the civilians to safety, but Nantz refuses and joins him instead. The remaining Marines storm the police station and plant explosives in the basement, where they find a large alien ship. They manage to destroy the ship and escape before the bombs detonate, killing most of the aliens in the area.
The film ends with Nantz, Martinez, Harris, and the civilians being rescued by other Marines. They are informed that similar attacks have been successfully repelled in other cities around the world, and that humanity has won the battle. Nantz decides to remain in service and mentor the new Marines.
World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles is a fast-paced and action-packed film that delivers what it promises: a thrilling spectacle of humans versus aliens in a war-torn city. The film does not waste time on developing its characters or exploring its premise, but focuses on showing the intense combat scenes and the desperate struggle for survival. The film also features impressive special effects and sound design that create a realistic and immersive experience for the viewers.
However, the film also suffers from some flaws that prevent it from being a great sci-fi film. The film relies heavily on war movie clichés and stereotypes, such as the grizzled veteran, the rookie officer, the tough female soldier, and the patriotic speech. The film also lacks originality and innovation in its depiction of the aliens, who are generic and uninspired. The film does not offer any explanation or motivation for their invasion, nor does it explore their culture or technology. The film also fails to address the moral and ethical implications of the war, and instead glorifies the violence and heroism of the Marines.
In conclusion, World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles is a decent sci-fi action film that entertains the fans of the genre, but does not offer anything new or meaningful. It is a film that can be enjoyed for its spectacle and adrenaline, but not for its substance and depth.
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