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Posted on 3/11/11 03:40 PM
Ok. If want to see a clever, script driven film; take a pass on this one. However, if you want to see a heart pounding, adrenalin thrill ride; strap yourself in, and enjoy.
Aaron Eckhart has a fair performance as Staff Sargent Nantz, but there is not much else to talk about on the artistic side. The story is simple, and straight as an arrow. The outcome is obvious from the get-go. The aliens have no back story, and only a brief CNN report suggests their motivation and power source. They are however realistic in the idea that they are not super aliens, and can be killed.
Technically, the cinematography was nice and gritty, just like you would expect of a shoot 'em up sci-fi / war flick. Nice combo of track shooting, steady cam, and hand-held to get you into the action.
Art direction was nice. Just what you would expect from a burned out LA. Sound was exceptional, with both mixing and editing. Visual effects were minimal. A lot less than you would expect for a ID4-esque Sci Fi. I suppose they were going for the "Hurt Locker" style of realism. That's not a bad thing either.
It had me on the edge of my seat for quite some time, as I tried to put myself in the action. It has obvious elements of ID4, Starship Troopers, and a bit War of the Worlds to boot. However, not as clever, or memorable as any of them. I thought it was a fun ride while it lasted, but when it was over, nothing really stood out for me.
Still, a good, no brain, action film is what they made, and a good, no brain, action film is what you will get. Don't expect ANYTHING else, and keep your expectations low, and you will enjoy it.