Battleship (2012)



Critic Consensus: It may offer energetic escapism for less demanding filmgoers, but Battleship is too loud, poorly written, and formulaic to justify its expense -- and a lot less fun than its source material.

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Peter Berg produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancée; Alexander Skarsgård as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane. -- (C) Universal
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and for language)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Taylor Kitsch
as Lt. Alex Hopper
Alexander Skarsgård
as Commander Stone Hopper
as Petty Officer Cora "Weps" Raikes
Tadanobu Asano
as Captain Yugi Nagata
Hamish Linklater
as Cal Zapata
Liam Neeson
as Admiral Shane
Peter MacNicol
as Secretary of Defense
John Tui
as Chief Petty Officer Walter "The Beast" Lynch
Jesse Plemons
as Boatswain Mate Seaman Jimmy "Ordy" Ord
Gregory D. Gadson
as Lieutenant Colonel Mick Canales
Jerry Ferrara
as Sampson JOOD Strodell
Adam Godley
as Dr. Nogrady
Rico McClinton
as Captain Browley
Joji Yoshida
as Chief Engineer Hiroki
Louis Lombardi
as Bartender
Stephen Bishop
Dante Jimenez
as JPJ XO Mullenaro
Daven Arce
as JPJ Helmsman
Ralph Richardson
as JPJ Starboard Gunner
Biunca Love
Michael Sherman
Austin Naulity
as JPJ Fireman
Gregory Harvey
as JPJ Fireman
James Rawlings
as JPJ Scat
Andrew Serpas
as JPJ Armorer
Damien Parker
as JPJ Helibay Sailor
Carson Aune
as CIC Gunner
Doug Penty
as CIC Watch Supervisor
Josh Pence
as Combat Systems Coordinator
Jason Henderson
as Radar System Controller
Brint Terrell
as Chart Table Plotter
Brad Faucheux
as Chart Table Log Keeper
Dustin J. Reno
as Electronic Warfare Supervisor
John Schmotzer
as CIC Watch Officer
Peter Berg
as JPJ 2nd Gunner
Jonathon Groves
as JPJ Port Gunner
Lloyd Pitts
as JPJ Port Gunner
Ryan Tinio
as JPJ Radar Op
Allie Sillah
as JPJ Lead Helmsman
John Santiago
as JPJ Switchboard Operator
Kiley Margeson
as Gun Console Operator
Jeffrey Johns
as Surface Warfare Coordinator
Esther Solomon
as JPJ CIWS Operator
Kevin Garlington
as JPJ Air Warfare Coordinator
Anthony Czumalowski
as JPJ Sailor
James Hadde
as JPJ Sailor
Pat Lancaster
as JPJ Sailor
Jordan Kirkwood
as JPJ Sailor
Jane Dubiel
as JPJ Sailor
John Weaver
as JPJ Sailor
Mark Lindquist
as JPJ Sailor
Phil Neilson
as JPJ Sailor
Dane Justman
as Sampson OOD
Dustin Watchman
as Sampson Helmsman
Drew Rausch
as Sampson XO
Ryland Reamy
as Sampson CIC TAO
Donald Willcutt
as Sampson Starboard Lookout
Eli Miranda
as Sampson Boatswain
Joshua Demuth
as Sampson Port Lookout
Thomas Grieser
as Sampson Watch Officer
Chris Darling
as Sampson OS DA
Tyrone Gregg
as Sampson Gunner
Brian Hirono
as Myoko OOD
Yutaka Takeuchi
as Myoko XO
Nobuharu Harada
as Myoko JOOD
Masaomi Uchida
as Myoko Helmsman
Kyle Ken Shimabukuro
as Myoko Radar Operator
Masashi Takekawa
as Myoko Starboard Lookout
Hyoe Joe Takahashi
as Myoko BMOW
Rick Hoffman
as Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Stephen Baldini
as State Department Official
Bill Stinchcomb
as Marine Commandant
Bruce Mandell
as Army Chief of Staff
Gary Grubbs
as Air Force Chief of Staff
Dave Jensen
as NASA Director
Michael S. Meldman
as Commander Meldman
George Arine
as Japanese Vice Admiral
Bill McMullen
as JPL Supervisor
Joe Chrest
as JPL Controller
Benjamin Lloyd
as Officer Blake
Billy Slaughter
as BIP Technician
Griff Furst
as BIP HQ Controller #2
Terri Battee
as BIP Journalist
Angelo Denova
as BIP Journalist
Colby Parker, Jr.
as BIP Scientist
Geoff Clayton
as BIP Scientist
David Kors
as BIP Scientist
Christopher McGahan
as Cal's Jr. Tech
Kerry Cahill
as Cal's Female Colleague
Liz Wicker
as Female Newscaster
Michelle Arthur
as British Newscaster
Natalia Castellanos
as Spanish Newscaster
Dan Cooke
as Hawaiian Newscaster
Leni Ito
as Japanese Newscaster
William Long Jr.
as Old Salt
George O'Hanlon Jr.
as Tourist Guide
Evan Bernard
as Fat Guy at Bar
Robin Atkin Downes
as Soccer Announcer
Frank Cassavetes
as Grizzled Gunner
Rami Malek
as Watch Officer
Kyle Clements
as Regent Sea Commander
James Ward
as Old Salt
John Bell
as Angus
Michael Vernon
as CAREN Technician
Adrian Bellani
as Ensign Chavez
Jackie Johnson
as Herself
Frank J. Doyle
as Soccer Ref
Zach Selwyn
as Soccer Announcer
Leonard Rogers
as Japanese Goalie
Clarence Greenwood
as Singer at Bar
Cora Yamagata
as Convenience Store Owner
Tom McCurdy
as Admiral Shane's Aide
Robert Hotalen
as Marine Aide
Ray Mabus
as Reagan CO
Marissa Nordhelm
as Reagan Radar Operator
Ronald Chavez
as Commander Rivera
Legrand Strickland
as Wounded Warrior
Jason Wilken
as Director of Rehabilitation
Philip Trifilo
as Old Salt
William Powers
as Old Salt
Donald C. Dailey
as Old Salt
William I. Carr
as Old Salt
Garrett Lynch
as Old Salt
Drew Edward Hunter
as Old Salt TAO
John Culkin
as Old Salt RO
Hiram Fong
as Old Salt Navigator
Larry Wegger
as Old Salt WO
Dallas Kane Hewitt
as POFC Dallas
Adam Sibley
as SCAT Team Member
James Rish
as SCAT Team
Wesley Phelps
as Tourist Kid
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Regent Land Commander
Conor McCarry
as Ronnie
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Critic Reviews for Battleship

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (41)

Once the special effects take over, Berg has little room to assert his personality (or tell a story, for that matter), and the movie feels like a chore.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Battleship is substantially less awful than it could have been. And for me, that may have been the biggest disappointment of all.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

If the movie is anything like the game, I say stay at home and read a good book (or graphic novel). Or listen to an audiobook - In short, do anything else.

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Big loud stupid dopey shameless cliched overbearing and did I mention stupid?

Full Review… | May 18, 2012
Top Critic

One can be sure that heroic characters get what they want, bond with enemies, and earn respect.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"Battleship" doesn't sink, really. It just sits there booming endlessly as you look on aghast.

Full Review… | May 17, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Battleship

What the hell are aliens doing in a movie called Battleship? Really quite stupid.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


'they ain't gonna sink this battleship, no way!' So without talking too much about the classic boardgame from my childhood this is BATTLESHIP! Aliens come to earth and land in the sea near some US battleships, they are unfriendly, the ships engage in sea warfare and the humans win (check..the Americans save the world). Is that a spoiler? no no no no no, well yes but I think I can safely say everyone should realise this. So 'Independence Day' at sea you say? well your pretty darn right mateys, this is indeed a complete rip of that errr classic alien invasion flick. The film is VERY by the numbers in every department, unbelievably cliched to the hilt and really very stupid. Oh and I forgot in this film they don't get the President to muck in oh no, they get all the old age ex-sailor pensioners to get stuck in, ave it! Is it good? hmmm well sort of, you know what will happen every bloody inch of the way no question, Taylor Kitsch's character is utterly predictable with his rebellious ways at first, then drafted into the Navy (this doesn't feel right), still a bit of a 'Jack the lad' in service, but turns into a leader of men when the shit hits the fan, grrrr leader of MEN! Casting Rihanna really didn't help this film one bit, right from the get go it gave the film a bad vibe of tacky sci-fi, she is also in damn near every fudging shot! plus she isn't that pretty looking without her usual swathes of makeup. Neeson is the other big name...why? dunno, lets move on. OK so the effects are average really, the CGI on show isn't much, it doesn't look as nice as previous alien invasion films in my view. Does the job but overall the alien ships are uninspired and look like a cross between 'Transformer' toys and 'Zoids' toys (yep that's an 80's thing), didn't wanna mention Transformers but I had to . The aliens themselves look a bit poor to be honest, humanoid with dumb facial expressions and these daft looking goatees on their chins that look like a patch of sea anemones. Their suits are better and made me think of 'Halo' somewhat, some nice futuristic spacesuit designs going on with 'Predator' vision inside their visors. Again the weaponry the aliens use was uninspired and dull, their ships fire these boring shaped canister things that hit their targets but do nothing, after a few seconds they then wow! I since found out they are suppose to be shaped like the pegs in the boardgame of which this is based, yeah kinda stupid idea right there. They also fire 'Sonic the Hedgehog' type mechanical metallic 'fury ball/disc' things that seem to have a mind of their own and zip all over the show seemingly blowing things up when they make contact.  In short I'm sure the aliens could of destroyed all the humans very quickly if they really wanted to. I can see what they have tried to do here and I don't blame them with the aliens/alien invasion obsession doing the rounds but its just come along too late. Completely zilch originality so don't go expecting anything new and cool looking but it is reasonably pretty looking at times. The football (soccer) game at the start is hilariously bad (all football wise UK viewers I'm sure will agree) and stay till after the end credits for an extra scene (sequel much?). Nice try for a cash in on the current bandwagon but these things don't always work do they, strike two for Kitsch (who is this guy?) and will Hollywood ever learn? stupid question that really. This battleship has well n truly sunk...zing!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly okay for a film based on a game as plotless as Battleship. My favourite part was when they actually played it.

vieras esine
vieras esine

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