|Peter Berg Director||previously directed Hancock|
On the day he is fired from the US Navy due to his reckless, arrogant actions, Lt. Alex Hopper is thrown into a colossal ocean battle when a fleet of alien warriors attack with the intention of exterminating humans.
In BATTLESHIP, the protagonist says "I have a bad feeling like this." He then clarifies, saying "like we need a new planet bad."1 More Movie Reference
What do you want us to do, Hopper? We have no ships left.
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We have one. We've got a battleship!
|Taylor Kitsch||Alex Hopper|
|Tadanobu Asano||Captain Yugi Nagata|
|Brooklyn Decker||Samantha "Sam" Shane|
|Rico McClinton||Captain Brownley|
|Alexander Skarsgård||Stone Hopper|
|Hamish Linklater||Cal Zapata|
|Liam Neeson||Admiral Terrance Shane|
|John Tui||Walter "Beast" Lynch|
|Jesse Plemons||Jimmy "Ordy" Ord|
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The film opens with NASA locating a planet with a similar atmosphere and temperature to Earth and sending a message to it in the case their is intelligent life there. One of their scientists, a young man named Cal Zapata, objects saying that if there is life advanced enough to cross a galaxy and reach Earth they probably will see humans as lower life-forms, will exploit the planet for their natural resources, and kill off the indigenous population.
A twenty-six year old Hawaiian resident named Alex Hopper is in a bar celebrating his birthday with his older brother Stone Hopper, who is an officer in the Navy. Stone Hopper is frustrated that Alex Hopper is being a bit of a slacker in life: Alex has no job, no working car, and lives on his older brother's sofa.
A very attractive woman enters the bar. Alex (who is very drunk) uses his birthday wish to get to go out with her. When the lady says she wants a chicken burrito, Alex promises to get her one. When he sees the local convenience store is closed, he breaks in, causing some property damage when he falls through a ceiling tile onto a soda display. He presents the woman with the burrito as he is tazed by the cops.
The next morning, Stone tells Alex that he needs to man up. Stone says that the woman who Alex got arrested over is Sam Shane, the daughter of Admiral Terrence Shane. Stone says that he will kick Alex out of his apartment and cut him off completely if Alex doesn't join the Navy.
Three years later, Alex is now an officer in the Navy. He is playing with his brother in a soccer tournament between various nations Navies at the RIMPAC Naval Training day, where several nations fleets are present for a battle simulation. In the midst of the final game (between Japan and the US), Alex is semi-accidentally kicked in the face by the opponent player Captain Yugi Nagata. When Nagata taunts him, Alex insists on taking the penalty shot instead of following his brother's advice and letting a less tired player do it. Alex misses and Japan wins.
Alex is now dating Sam Shane and they are, in fact, engaged! Sam wants Alex to ask her father if Alex can marry her. Alex is very nervous about this, because Admiral Shane dislikes Sam over his reckless and impulsive behavior. On the day of the main RIMPAC events, Alex is in the bathroom of Admiral Shane's ship practicing how he will ask Shane if he can marry Sam. Captain Nagata, who is on the ship with his commanding officer to plan out strategy with Shane, walks in and mocks Alex. Alex taunts him back and the two get into a fight.
Admiral Shane and his Japanese counterpart order Alex and Nagata to Shane's cabin to explain their behavior. Nagata and Alex tell an implausible story involving them both slipping on a wet floor to explain their slightly battered state. Alex asks everyone except Alex to leave the room. Alone with Alex he tells Alex that he knows Alex is very smart and talented, having climbed through the ranks faster than any other sailor he had seen. Shane says this is why he is so disgusted Alex is wasting his potential.
Meanwhile, Sam is working on Hawaii near the Naval base and RIMPAC games as a physical therapist working with wounded veterans. Today, she has been assigned to a man she had not previously known named Captain Brownley. Brownley, a former champion boxer and decorated Army veteran, lost both of his legs in combat and sees no point in life. As part of his treatment, Sam convinces Brownley to take a walk across the Hawaiian countryside (Brownley has prosthetic legs).
Alex is ordered to his Stone's ship. Stone says that because of Alex's frequent reckless and insubordinate behavior the Navy is probably going to expel him. Alex is devastated and begs his brother to do everything he can to fix the situation. Stone says there is nothing he can do, because the problem is that Alex never takes responsibility and doesn't know humility. Alex apologizes for all the trouble he put his brother through and returns to his own ship, the destroyer USS John Paul Jones, for what will probably be his last assignment in the Navy.
Meanwhile, NASA contacts Cal, who is stationed at a lab in Hawaii which sent out the beacons, saying they see what might be five extraterrestrial objects entering the Earth's atmosphere. The audience then sees five spaceships diving into the Earth's atmosphere. One crashes into a man-made satellite and breaks into several pieces. The largest part falls in Honk Kong, causing massive damage.
The other four spaceships land in the middle of the RIMPAC games. Since it all happened so fast, word has not reached Admiral Shane or any of his fleet that there might be aliens. The John Paul Jones is nearest to where the ships are, so Hopper and two sailors who report to him--Cora Raikes and Walter "Beat" Lynch--go in a small raft to see what the strange objects are. When Hopper touches the largest spaceship's hull, he receives an electric shock that blasts him back ten feet. The ship then launches a force field, which surrounds the island of O'ahu (where both Sam and Cal are), but only includes three ships--Hopper's, a Japanese one, and the John Paul Jones. Admiral Shane's vessel is trapped on the outside.
Without warning, the four ships fire on the humans. Two of the human ships are sunk. Stone Hopper dies as his ship is hit.
Alex is devastated at the loss of his brother and closest friend. Having just gotten back onto the John Paul Jones (the only ship that survived), he is told that he is now the new commanding officer as everyone senior to him is dead.
Alex discovers that all the RADAR and communications are out everywhere underneath the force field. He orders John Paul Jones to charge at the four spaceships (which are now just ships, because they are only hovering and floating) and attack them. The ship is nearly sunk by this insanely reckless and short-sighted strategy. Fortunately, Lynch is able to convince Alex to go pick up the survivors from the other two ships rather than go into battle just yet.
The aliens launch drones with long chains that cut there way across Hawaii. They don't target individual humans who are not an immediate threat to them, instead taking out buildings, bridges, and military instillation.
Brownsley and Sam are attacked by an alien foot soldier. The aliens wear full-body armor except for on their hands; the armor seems to act as a bit of a powersuit. The alien kills two policemen near Sam but leaves her when she hides and acts still; it stops recognizing her as a threat.
While rescuing survivors, Hopper's men find an alien. They say it was probably from the ship that crashed. They take it on board and Hopper removes its helmet, believing it to be dead. It turns out the alien is only unconcious. The alien resembles a human, but has hedgehog-like quils instead of hair and unusual eyes. The alien grabs Hopper. It turns out this alien species convey thoughts and memories through touch. Alex sees a memory of what has become of the alien's own planet and the other planets it visits: They are all mined to ruins and descend into war.
A small band of aliens break onto the John Paul Jones and rescue the captured alien. One of the alien, wearing a very strong power suit, goes to the ship's power room to break it apart. Beast confronts it, but the alien doesn't see him as a threat and ignores his assaults. Alex and Raike come to Beast's aid and together the three of them are able to lure the alien into a trap: It chases Alex out on deck to kill him, and then Raike blasts it in the face with a missile.
A young sailor named Jimmy Ord approaches Alex and says he may have found a weakness in the aliens. He explains that the captured alien's eyes resembled that of his pet gecko. He says gecko's eyes are very vulnerable to light--being out in a bright day completely blinds them. He says he put on the alien helmet and its visor was sunglasses.
Sam and Brownsley then meet Cal, who has fled the base after aliens invaded it. Cal explains that the aliens are going to take the Earth's resources and kill everything in their way. He says that their communications are down and they are going to radio back to their home planet to send reinforcemants (the audience knows that the communication ship was the one that crashed in Hong Kong). He says that in the NASA lab in Hawaii are three satellite dishes which send a signal to the satellite used to contact the aliens. Cal says that the satelite orbits Earth every 24 hours and there are four hours until the satellite will be in range of the dishes. Sam and Brownsley say they need to warn the John Paul Jones and any other ship in the forcefield so the Navy can try and stop this. Cal says that he has a device that could break through the technology the aliens are suing to prevent most radio-waves, but it is in the lab. Brownsley strong-arms Cal into sneaking back in. He is nearly caught by an alien, but the brute ignores him.
Cal is able to open a line with the John Paul Jones. Sam and Alex share a few words and Cal explains the dilemma. Then the aliens shut down their connection.
In order to reach the dishes, Alex and his ship must first fight the aliens. Without radar, though, this seems challenging. Fortunately, Captain Nagata has an idea: He says that in Japan they use buoys to feel the force of waves in order to predict tsunamis. He says he can use the buoys around Hawaii to pinpoint the locations of the alien ships even without radar. Alex shocks everyone by telling Nagata he is right and offering him his captain's chair for the battle.
Nagata is able to see the alien ships on a graph-like grid. The ships are red, but everything else is white. He orders when to fire torpedoes at the dots, though it is hard as the ships move and return fire (this is all a clear reference to the original game).
The John Paul Jones is able to sink two of the alien ships, but is cornered against the land by the third. Alex devises a plan with Nagata to take down the ship: The two go to a highpoint on their destroyer and fire with very high powered rifles at the windows in the front of the alien ship. They time it perfectly: cracking the glass on the ship just as the sun rises. Without their visors, the aliens piloting the ship (who weren't wearing masks) can't see, and the John Paul Jones sinks their enemy. Unfortunately, the stationary mothership launches its drones. The drones saw the Jones in half length-wise, which obviously sinks it.
Much of the crew (including all of its major characters) survives, but without a boat they feel the cause is lost. Alex insists he isn't. He brings the crew to the USS Missouri, a long-retired battleship that is in the harbor as a museum (battleships were decomissioned decades ago). Alex approaches a group of veterans of World War II and the Korean war who had served on battleships and now, retired, work at the museum. The veterans eagerly agree to help. Alex and co. work frantically to get everything ship-shape. They supply the boat with live ammunition and sail it out to battle.
Meanwhile, Sam and Brownley, having seen the Jones sink from ashore, decide to stage a last ditch-effort to stage mankind: Driving an SUV into the alien camp and crashing into the satellite dishes and force fields. Cal refuses to join them, saying it is a suicide mission.
The alien mothership is enormous, easily five times the size of the Missouri. However, Alex orchestrates a brilliant maneuver, where his battleship drops its anchor so it rotates 90 degrees and hits the alien vessel in its blindspot. The force field generators are destroyed.
Sam and Brownley temporarily disable the alien generator used to send their signal, but an alien in a very powerful power suit attacks Brownley. When it seems like all hope is lost, Cal comes back and saves Brownley. Together, they are able to kill the alien and they escape with Sam.
The alien generator comes back on, but Alex (having spent several minutes with his crew moving a 5000 pound torpedo to a better gun) is able to use his final shot to take out the alien base and stop the signal from being sent. The sinking mothership fires its drones at the Missouri, but with the force field down Admiral Shane is able to send a fleet of fighter jets that stops them. Earth is saved!
Weeks later, Admiral Shane leads a ceremony honoring all those who died in combat. Brownley is honored with one of the highest members an Army member can recieve, and Alex accepts a medal for his brother as well as a Silver Star for himself. After the ceremony, he celebrates with his crew and Sam. Then he asks Admiral Shane to allow him to marry. Shane at first refuses, but agrees to discuss the matter at lunch over "a chicken burrito." Admiral Shane and Alex walk off together while Sam looks on smiling.
A post-credit scene features a group of people in rural Scotland opening an alien vessel and then running in fear as a hostile alien emerges.
Battleship received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the picture got 34% positive reviews, which puts it in the category "Rotten." On Metacritic, the film was scored 41, which qualifies as "Mixed Reviews" and "Yellow." Of the Metacritic reviews, 5 were positive; 21 were mixed; and 13 were negative.
Battleship was released in many of its overseas markets before coming out in the US. Internationally, it was a decent hit--it already had over $250 million by the time it hit America. However, in the United States it opened two weeks after the phenomenally popular The Avengers. The picture tanked with only $25 million in its opening weekend.
Trailer 2: Battleship
Alexander Skarsgard's facial expression more or less mirrors my own in regards to this latest Battleship trailer. Remind me again how this is not an elaborate Michael Bay parody?
I hate judging movies based on trailers, but...this is 100% guaranteed to be the dumbest movie of all time. OF ALL TIME.
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