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.
As far as the writing, acting, along with everything else that matters this is a pretty poor, hollow, forgettable, overly-long sit. But if it must be compared to Transformers 2, which it can quite easily, then this is a borderline masterpiece. First of all it has a sliver of a plot that can at least be followed without ever wanting to chew your own lips off to distract from the sheer awfulness. Then there's the overblown action that thankfully Michael Bay didn't direct so there is at least some enjoyment to be had from simply knowing what the hell is going on. There's also none of Bay's PG-13 pushing ogling of the female cast like a randy teenager, plus the fact that this may be over-long by about 50 minutes, but the running time is still under three weeks. With all that said though once this is put along-side a good film it's a poor watch, and I'm certain that I'll never watch it again as it's just yet another dull modern-day mutiplex filler with a goal of clawing cash and nothing really more.