Battle: Los Angeles

26 Nov

By brian

What does LA have that has all those aliens so interested in invading? Could it be Disneyland? Tacos La Estrella? Maybe they’re trying to break into movies like Andy Millman. Whatever the reason they sure do it a lot and we’ve been entertained for hours upon hours because of it. 

Some of the movies like the recent release, Skyline, are bad and just a rehash of movies we’ve seen before. Others like Independence Day were fun rides. They Live was a guilty pleasure and Alien from L.A. confused us because it was about Kathy Ireland in a Labyrinthtype underworld and had nothing to do with invaders from space. For the most part these movies are over the top and a good time. 

In Battle: Los Angeles, we get the swarm of combatants. We get hyper technology. We get the story of the small band of troops who will fend them off. We also get a hyper-realistic style which reminds us of District 9. Aaron Eckhart leads the group we will follow, with Michelle Rodriguez amongst the soldiers. Eckhart was great in The Dark Knight and Thank You for Smoking. He’s been ok in just about everything else including In the Company of Men. Rodriguez looks like she reprises her role as the female badass. We’ve seen it before and, in fact, it seems to be the only role we can count on her in which to be cast. I’m not sure if it’s her fault for not having range or her fault for playing them so well. I can’t imagine Jason Statham getting out of his growling, fighting tough guy persona for too many movies, either, but maybe they shouldn’t. They are both good at what they do.

But this trailer makes me think more of it than I should. It’s like those YouTube remixes of “Perfect Strangers” with orchestral music behind it – you start to think that maybe Balki and Cousin Larry were underrated and it’s high time the world should know. This trailer does two things that make it stand out. The first is that it uses a great, haunting track, and is even a bit reminiscent of the notes used in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In case you are wondering, it is “The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Black by Johan Johansson. Look it up and give a listen to the full song. The other thing it does that I think is the easiest and most effective way to get someone to notice your upcoming movie is to slow….it….down. Almost everything we see these days is quick cuts; they’re shiny, fast and just plain noisy.  When the commercial break hits while you’re sorting the mail, which spot makes you look up?  It’s not the advertisements that are wall to wall junk. It’s the rare moment that there is silence. An awkward silence that makes you take notice because for a second you think something is wrong. Do you remember when you’d fall asleep in class when the teacher was going on and on? His droning would lull you to sleep. Then there was quiet. When you looked up, he was standing over you and you got sent to detention. That’s what the trailer does here – it makes you notice, but do we like what we see?

So, will it suck?

Yes.  I really don’t want to say it will suck. I like Aaron Eckhart. I really like how the trailer was edited and the District 9-like shot composition. But I just feel like this is going to fall short. I’m not sure how it would impress me but I do know that I’ve seen a lot of these types of movies. It’s really hard for them to standout. It’s also a bad sign that there is more talk about the song in the trailer than the movie it represents.


2 Responses to “Battle: Los Angeles”

  1. Minus March 14, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Well,I love sci-fi flicks and was anxious to see this one.
    Big disappointment for sure.
    If you have a pea sized brain or you’re just super stoned you may enjoy this piece of garbage.
    Horrible acting,over the top drama,loud,annoying and just another f*** yeah America movie.
    I just can’t get over the crap hollywood spews out these days,it’s pathetic.
    My advice to anyone with a functioning mind is to stay away from this one and maybe,just maybe watch it when it plays on cable.
    For those of you who did enjoy this movie,you are part of the 95% retard factor in this country.



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