|A low down dirty good time|
From the opening title sequence to the climax the movie is essentially a runaway train of gunfights, explosions and heightened emotion. The standard genre distractions are cut down to a minimum or cut entirely. Eckhart’s staff sergeant and his new unit have their issues but much of the emotion is put across through rapid but loaded close ups rather than extended sequences of dramatic dialogue and war-room arguments that would feel out of place. The quieter moments are used to great effect to give some depth to the characters but it hardly matters. Characters in this situation aren’t in need of any more personality than they are given.
Battle LA does not make the mistake that previous genre efforts like Independence Day made where the 2 hour film attempts to achieve too much. The focus is clear; the excessively shaky camera follows one unit through its 2 day ordeal and skilfully avoids putting the president in a jet fighter or introducing nuclear warheads with computer viruses.
Battle LA succeeds in doing exactly what its creators designed it for. Striking the perfect balance between substance and style it is a guilty pleasure and not ashamed to be entertainment over art. It is the product of a clear goal and modest but finely crafted storytelling ambition. Critics may say that for a film with such a narrow focus it should have a more significant human angle but that misses the point. If you want to see raw, dirty combat and destruction without feeling like the plot was thinly draped over as an afterthought then you can do much worse.
Sidegrades: Battle: Los Angeles vs. Skyline
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Editor's Cut: Battle Los Angeles
The 2011 film Battle: Los Angeles as told entirely through clichés.
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Battle: Los Angeles Trailer 3
It's been, what, a week? We're way overdue for yet another Battle: Los Angeles trailer! The good news? This one is awesome!
Battle: Los Angeles Trailer 2
Here is the latest trailer for the 2011 alien invasion actioner Battle: Los Angeles. This one's a little less poetic than the last trailer, but a little more alien invasion-y.
Battle: Los Angeles Trailer
This sci-fi invasion flick stars Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez as soldiers fighting off waves of alien attackers right in the heart of the City of Angels.
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|Name||Battle: Los Angeles|
|US Release||March 11, 2011|
|UK Release||March 25, 2011|
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