Battle: Los Angeles (2011)

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

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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) Sony
Rating: PG13 (for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman
Written By: Christopher Bertolini , Chris Bertolini
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Aaron Eckhart
as Ssgt. Michael Nanz
Ramon Rodríguez
as 2nd Lt. William Martinez
Michael Peña
as Joe Rincon
Will Rothhaar
as Cpl. Lee Imlay
Michelle Rodriguez
as Tsgt. Elena Santos
Adetokumboh M'Cormack
as Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
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
Ne-Yo
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 Guerrero
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. Ritchie
Brandi Coleman
as Cherise
Elizabeth Keener
as Kathy Martinez
Dave Jensen
as Psychiatrist
Stacey Turner
as Reporter on TV
E. Roger Mitchell
as Company Captain E.
Tom Hillmann
as Reporter on TV
Chris Lena Clark
as Reporter on TV
Lena Clark
as Chris
Jamie Norwood
as Flower Shop Employee
Todd Cochran
as Command Hangar Marine
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

If the talk had been surgically removed, leaving only the sights and sounds of combat, this could have been a striking, semiabstract display of aggressive energy; as it is, any viewer over twelve will go for the laughs.

Full Review… | March 20, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Excitement? Not so much.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

With his hawklike profile and square jaw, the hyperstalwart Eckhart looks like a comic-book hero and acts like one, too. He's so stalwart he creaks.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

This film feels so much like a videogame your hands keep reaching for controllers -- shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

Don't mean to boast, but I can suspend my disbelief as willingly as any credulous moviegoer. Yet not even an industrial crane would have helped here. Nope, Battle: Los Angeles completely defeated me.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Battle: Los Angeles

½

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
Kevin M. Williams

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
William Sleet

[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] So after you've glanced at the poster, you really don't need a synopsis to explain what the film is about. So I won't go into plot details on the basis that if you consider watching this film, you probably know what to expect, if not, this movie really isn't for you. Personally I felt very skeptic at the thought of the idea of actually enjoying Battle: Los Angeles. But I actually kinda liked it. Entirely despite the fact that there is a lengthy list in my mind that argue that the film is an absolute disgrace. There are many problems with Battle LA, certainly not the least of which is that it exists, at all. Because we've seen movies like this many times before and to it's disadvantage does choose to come across as a formulaic rip-off. But essentially it is an absolute cluster of every war film and alien invasion movie pretty much ever made. Imagine Independence Day and Black Hawk Down having a lovechild, it's this movie. The editing is also flawed in various places, and the CGI special effects are sometimes very unconvincing. The direction is also pretty damn adequate and director Jonathan Liebesman should be very greatful to have the budget he has, because a lot of outstanding film makers never get close to having the money he has at his disposal here. However I was in a bad mood when I watched this film and I found it to be strangely uplifting and entertaining. Aaron Eckhart's lead performance is decent enough and unlike other diaster epic's such as Independence Day the cliche's it constantly relies on never get too cheesy, dull or boring. I've seen many full on special effects movies of the last few years i've absolutely hated, but this one is never boring all the way through. It get's too repetitive eventually but overall it is what it is, and I knew what I was going to get watching it, a movie entirely reliant on special effects. But I have to admit to enjoying it's company. To put it simply, it's better than a Michael Bay alien, robot invasion movie, but not as good as a hard-hitting Ridley Scott war epic.

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