Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) is a weapons officer aboard the destroyer USS John Paul Jones, while his older brother, Stone (Alexander Skarsgård), is the commanding officer of the USS Sampson. Unknown to Alex, Stone or the rest of the U.S. Navy, alien invaders have arrived on Earth with plans to steal Earth's resources. When a confrontation with the invaders knocks out the Navy's radar capability, American and Japanese forces must work together to find a way to save the planet.
The only positive I can say about Battleship is the special effects. They are pretty cool to look at. Oh and also the battle scenes are good, too. And the aliens look kinda decent as well. The special effects, the battle scenes, the aliens are the reasons that people go to the theater and see a movie like Battleship. The action goes on and on but it is never unlike the sequels in the Transformers series. And that is it for the positives.
Sadly, there are a lot of negatives in Battleship. It is not perfect at all. First of all, I didn't care about the characters especially Taylor's Kitsch's character and to be fair I didn't care who won in the end of it all. Second of all, the acting is terrible and the dialogue is really atrocious. Now, I was a bit skeptical when she was cast in this film. It turned out that I was right. She was downright awful in this film. And the rest of the cast including our lead Taylor Kitsch isn't good either. Third of all, Berg's direction is unbalanced. It wants one genre and then it wants to be the next genre. And the script is really bad too because it gives no one to do.
Altogether, Battleship is noisy, loud, generic mess of a movie. But, it is fun to watch. I do understand why people hate this film. However, we can't expect an Oscar winner here. Sometimes, we need to turn off our brain and be entertain. Yes, the script is formulaic, the acting is dreadful, the dialogue is awful, and the direction is lumpy but it is has some enjoyment to it. However, I wish there was more Liam Neeson.
There is no surprise that Battleship tanked in the box office. It did for a number of reasons: 1) no one saw it, 2) Kitsch (because of John Carter) and Rihanna are in it, 3) the people waste their money on the effects, and/or 4) its unoriginality. Besides all of that, Battleship is the biggest guilty pleasure of 2012. Yes, it is stupid as all hell but it is a joy to watch. If you are expecting a good movie, you might as well skip this movie and see The Avengers instead. As for everyone else, I prefer you rent it.
Battleship has fantastic visuals and fun characters, with a gripping plot and more-than-decent acting.
I would like to believe that the only reason that this film hasn't scored as big as it should of, is because its release was close to the release of many other great films (such as Avengers) which may of partially shrouded the deserved praise this film should receive, and not that the 'Top critics' have gone blind.
I am an avid film fan, with a varied range, and can honestly say that this is a fantastic film, with a great cast, top quality effects and a story line that successfully and cleverly integrates a board game with an alien film, WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE?. Please Peter Berg, give us what we crave; a sequel as good as the first film! But what do i know, im just a film fan ;)
I secretly enjoy hating on bad sci-fi movies, so last night was epic! Except i never figured out what the movie was called. Big budget blockbuster. Military recruitment porn. Light skinded black pop star weapon specialist hottie (Rhianna? Is that a thing?). Mean aliens. Cultural stereotypes of Asians. If I had to guess the name of the movie... id have to say something like "Attack on Cliche' Island" or "Super Pow Man Navy Guys and Army Guy and also Hot Girl Defeat Technologically Advanced Alien Invaders". And there's a Science Nerd. He does something too. Does anyone know what movie this is?
...and yet I watched it. I watched it because I have insomnia and it was on, and I can't look away when I see a total train wreck. Like if a train wreck and a porno movie had a child - and the child supported racist cops who shoot unarmed black teenagers... then that child would be this movie.
Seriously. This movie is so bad, it will give you Ass Cancer if you don't already have it. All those fat, middle Americans who gave it 5 stars? They already have bad-movie ass cancer...
makes this partially redeemable. And some sequences - a spin on the actual GAME of Battleship, and the old timers in the Arizona - are kinda rousing and kinda fun. Stupid ain't always a bad thing. But here...it comes close.
After you get past the grueling first 45 minutes it's actually a solid action movie. Pits man vs alien. Rivals uniting to over come a common enemy and a blend of brain/brawn. It does have a ridiculous grid scene, but the movie is called Battleship; and that's part of the cheesy entertainment.
I understand there needs to be some character set-up to help you care for these people during their conflict. But it took so long to get going you stopped caring before the action started.