There was a lot of curiosity with this movie due to the District 9/Cloverfield-esqe trailers. However, they were showing quite a lot of the “enemy” so the question to ask was whether there was anything left as a surprise when you would go to see it.
Battle: Los Angeles is pretty straightforward; a cut and dry shoot them before they shoot you gunner flick. It is basically the opposite plot of District 9, instead of landing on earth as an accident they are coming to inhabit earth, minus the political subtleties. Throw in the gimmicky (now-a-days) shaky cam, and you have the makings of a potential blockbuster shoot-em-up.
The problem is that a lot of the movies front running highlights are not new, and have actually been seen in other movies fairly recently. A few years ago the look and style seen in Battle: LA would have been fresh and new, but now it came across fairly flat. The dialogue was non-existent, and the acting was pretty bad considering the most of the requirement involved screaming the lines.
There were some pros as well, though. If you like first person shooter games, then this movie will be like playing a video game the entire time. There was lots of action… lots of action! And a couple suspenseful “in the line of fire” battle scenes. Some people will really like it.
Kevin: HAHA… Anna Lucia is always gonna die, except in Battle: Los Angeles for some reason. You really expected her to be killed off in almost every scene and it just never happened.
Basically another “If you’ll like it, you’ll like it… If you hate it, you’ll HATE it.” movie.
Chad: This is what the Halo movie should be. 4.25 of 5 beers.
Kevin: Lots of cool action, not enough plot. 6.8 of 10 stars.
Overall rating 7.65 of 10 stars.