Battle L.A. (116 min)
The problem was not the acting in a film that required very little. This movie seemed like a competition to see how many explosions they could cram in 2 hours of run time. The explosions were not bad but anyone should be able to make a good explosion in today’s advanced society. The main problem was that they were mixed with other ugly things that ended up being its ultimate downfall. First of all, the aliens look way too mechanical. They look too much like robots instead of what they are supposed to be, which are aliens. Their ships look like they came out of a dump after they had been decomposed. Aliens are supposed to be advanced beings, even further more advanced than us. How come their ships look about as bad as our full garbage cans? Along with the bad looking visual effects to make things worse, they had to ignore the sound quality and editing as well. So now you have something ugly that also sounds ugly. There are no positive aspects to this film. Seriously, whoever did the sound editing needs to find a new hobby? The story, like the aliens, are garbage too. The alien movie genre has officially been worn out. It was worn out five movies ago (possibly even more). There is nothing different about this movie that makes it very original besides the fact that it is set in the perspective of the soldiers; but even that genre has been worn out in the multiple war movies that have been made over our lifetime. This is just mixing two much worn out genres. So it is pointless that I have to explain the plot in more than a few words. Aliens invade; they take something we have that they need and they cause as much destruction as possible doing so. Many die the end and nothing is gained at all. There were moments in the movie where it showed some of the soldiers looking with an awful look on their face at the awful looking aliens and alien ships. I like to think that they were not looking at the ships and aliens out of fear but out of disgust for how bad the visuals looked. “Battle L.A. is rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction and for language.