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Battle: Los Angeles (2011)



Critic Consensus: Overlong and overly burdened with war movie clichés, Battle: Los Angeles will entertain only the most ardent action junkies.

Movie Info

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when 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 (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before. -- (C) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Bertolini, Chris Bertolini
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 14, 2011
Box Office: $83.5M
Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Aaron Eckhart
as Ssgt. Michael Nanz
Ramon Rodríguez
as 2nd Lt. William Mart...
Michael Peña
as Joe Rincon
Will Rothhaar
as Cpl. Lee Imlay
Michelle Rodriguez
as Tsgt. Elena Santos
Adetokumboh M'Cormac...
as Corpsman Jibril Aduk...
Cory C. Hardrict
as Cpl. Jason Lockett
James Liao
as Lcpl. Steven Mottola
Jim Parrack
as Lcpl. Peter Kerns
Gino Anthony Pesi
as Cpl. Nick Stavrou
as Cpl. Kevin Harris
James Hiroyuki Liao
as LCpl. Steven Mottola
Noel Fisher
as Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
Bryce Cass
as Hector Rincon
Neil Brown, Jr.
as Lcpl. Richard Guerre...
Taylor Handley
as Lcpl. Corey Simmons
Joey King
as Kirsten
Lucas Till
as Cpl. Scott Grayston
Kenneth Brown Jr.
as Cpl. Richard Oswald
Joe Chrest
as 1st Sgt. John Roy
Rus Blackwell
as Lt. Col. K.N. Ritchi...
Elizabeth Keener
as Kathy Martinez
Dave Jensen
as Psychiatrist
E. Roger Mitchell
as Company Captain E.
Stacey Turner
as Reporter on TV
Tom Hillmann
as Reporter on TV
Chris Lena Clark
as Reporter on TV
Jamie Norwood
as Flower Shop Employee
Todd Cochran
as Command Hangar Marin...
Nzinga Blake
as Adukwu's Sister
Taryn Southern
as Reporter on Beach
Jim Dever
as Sgt. Major
James Liao
as Lcpl. Steven Mottola
David Jensen
as Psychiatrist
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Critic Reviews for Battle: Los Angeles

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (34)

Terminally stupid.

Full Review… | December 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Case in point: Battle: Los Angeles, an alien-invasion disaster piece so loud, ham-fisted and joyless-so aggressively lousy-that its only real usefulness is to make one better appreciate the deft touch of a Roland Emmerich.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Misses every mark it's aiming at, and then misses countless more.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Battle: Los Angeles misses every mark it aims for. Aside from the well done special effects nothing in this movie is worth recommending.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

It's not new, it's not novel and it's not art. But as a popcorn movie a couple of months out of summer season, it'll have to do.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Movie Nation

Just the worst, most cliché-ridden bunch of faceless cannon fodder you've ever had the misfortune to watch die.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for Battle: Los Angeles


Well I went in not expecting a great super movie. What I got was 2 hours of Halo :) A combination of Black Hawk Down style war movie with Halo aliens. It was a solid fun two hours. I enjoyed it. Many others will not but for me I looked past the cliched characters to just enjoy the action and the explosions. It was a fun sci-fi action ride. Go in with high expectations and you may be disappointed. Go in with your eyes on some popcorn fun and you will be delightfully surprised.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


A typical story: battle-hardened vet teaches baby blue Marines the real meaning of Semper Fi! and Hoo-rah! ... only updated as they fight the damned alien scourge in L.A. A time passer is all.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Most assuredly a candidate for the worst film ever made. But, worse than that, the most painfully boring film I have ever seen... probably. Utterly redundant on every level.
So glad I never saw it at the flics - I would certainly have broken rule No. 1 of McKittrick's Law: Never walk out on a film.

William Sleet

Super Reviewer

Battle: Los Angeles Quotes

Sgt. Major: At 14:46 Pacific Standard Time, 12 different locations around the world were breached, in what appears to be a coordinated attack by an unknown enemy. All breaches were along the coastline, in what is a campaign of rapid dominance. This is a textbook military invasion. There are massive casualties in New York, defensive lines are being setup in Boston, and at 13:15 Zulu Time we lost communications with San Francisco and San Diego, their status is unknown. What we do know is that we are the last offensive force on the west coast, we can not lose Los Angeles.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)
2nd Lt. William Martinez: That was some real Joghn Wayne shit Staff Sergeant
– Submitted by Alex M (4 years ago)
Ssgt. Michael Nantz: Lets take back Los Angeles!
– Submitted by Jack P (4 years ago)
Ssgt. Michael Nantz: Retreat, hell.
– Submitted by Tim H (4 years ago)

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