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Rating: 5.5 stars

Seen 5 times

Seen on: 01/16/2017, 07/05/2014, 05/11/2013, 06/13/2012, 03/12/2011

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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

Directed by Jonathan Liebesman

Science Fiction

Most recently watched by squeegull, twobitme, jenerator, noahphex, sleestakk


The 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 and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

Rated PG-13 | Length 116 minutes


Beth Keener | Lynette Zumo | Marlon Young | Michael Wozniak | Peyton Whitcomb | David Speed | Lawanda Smith | Gustavo I. Ortiz | Philippe Radelet | Michelle Pierce | Jim Palmer | Courtney Munch | Keith Middlebrook | Tony Mccullough | Philip Lawrence | Nick Jones Jr. | Emily D. Haley | Zander Gerhardt | Alex Froman | Joshua Farcone | Kurt Deville | Grant Case | Dane Brown | Beau Brasseaux | Ava Bogle | Charlotte Biggs | Alex Aristidis | James D. Dever | Taryn Southern | Nzinga Blake | Todd Cochran | Jamie Norwood | Lena Clark | Tom Hillmann | Stacey Turner | David Jensen | Jessica Heap | Brandi Coleman | Susie Abromeit | Rus Blackwell | E. Roger Mitchell | Joe Chrest | Jadin Gould | Kenneth Brown Jr. | Lucas Till | Taylor Handley | Neil Brown Jr. | Joey King | Michelle Rodriguez | Michael Peña | Bryce Cass | Adetokumboh M'Cormack | Noel Fisher | Bridget Moynahan | James Hiroyuki Liao | Ne-Yo | Gino Anthony Pesi | Jim Parrack | Cory Hardrict | Will Rothhaar | Ramón Rodríguez | Aaron Eckhart

Viewing Notes

My kids had been anticipating this movie for some time, so we took the whole family out, met my friends Jay and Pat, and did a showing at the Muvico Mega Movie Palace. Muvico has the epically comfy seats and digital projection and THX certified sound system, so it’s the perfect place to view an explody, effects-laden popcorn movie like this.

And that’s exactly what Battle:LA is, make no mistake. If you showed up looking for involved plot or deep character profiles, well you’re the sucker. Ain’t none of that here!

I honestly don’t understand the critics who alternately bashed and lauded this movie before it came out. I heard everything from “greatest movie ever!” to “Worst Hollywood directed movie I ever saw.” Really? Then you must not get out much.

Shit blows up; there is CONSTANT gunfire and explosions, all nicely packaged with an interminable surge of patriotic music underscoring every bit of action.

It does play like a recruiting movie for the marines, which, along with the score, is perhaps the most annoying part of the whole thing.

There is also a lot of frenetic camerawork that threatened to make me ill in the first part of the movie, but either I adjusted to it or there was less of it later on in the movie, because I was fine 20 or so minutes in.

It did feel overly long, at 116 minutes. There were a few too many objectives that got a bit annoying.

Still, a fun, mindless bit of entertainment that I enjoyed for what it was. Ultimately forgettable, but I’ll probably buy it on Blu Ray just to rattle my subwoofer and enjoy bullets wizzing past my head.


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