E.T. Phone Home…!

[Rating: 2.5]

Director: Peter Berg

Cast: Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård , Brooklyn Decker , Reila Aphrodite, Rihanna, Josh Pence, Peter MacNicol, Tadanobu Asano, Jesse Plemons , Hamish Linklater, Beau Brasseaux, Natalia Castellanos, Stephen Bishop , David Jensen

Synopsis: Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Based on Hasbro`s classic naval combat game,Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam, a physical therapist and Hopper`s fiance; Alexander Skarsgrd as Hopper`s older brother, Commanding Officer Stone of the USS Samson; Rihanna as Lt. Raikes, Hopper`s crewmate and a weapons specialistion the USS John Paul Jones, and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone`s superior (and Sam`s father), Admiral Shane. Berg directs this epic action-adventure also produced by Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir of Hasbro (the Transformers franchise), along with Scott Stuber (CouplesRetreat), Sarah Aubrey (The Kingdom) and Duncan Henderson (Master and Commander). 

Review: A war to save the world isn’t a very newly heard of concept, but a film’s story based on a children’s game surely is. ‘Battleship’ is a less than perfect film portraying everything from a Naval officer’s fight against his personal demons to the alien invaders who are trying to establish a contact with the Earth and setting a form of a power source in the middle of the ocean.

The film begins with how the male lead, Lt. Alex Hopper is a direction-less individual who falls in love with his brother’s senior’s daughter. And as a military rule/ etiquette, a man must seek permission from the girl’s father before they take the relationship forward. This film is in many ways a amalgam of a love story set in a naval base a la “Top Gun” and then transforming into a power-packed battle in the sea against alien forces a la “Transformers”. While you find no similarity in the scripts, the concept will make you want to compare. ‘Battleship’ was quite a fun watch despite all the cacophony and the more than one glitches in the script.

Taylor Kitsch looks a little confused when he is caught in a frame. Alexander Skarsgård had a rather small role, nonetheless significant, Brooklyn Decker steps in as more than just a lady love who inspires her man to join the forces so they can be married – she is also a physical therapist who works in tandem with the military and as the story unfolds, she has a role to play in saving the Earth. Global popstar, Rihanna also makes her screen debut with this film. Just when the world was thinking that she would choose a glamorous role to start her film career with, she took up a war film playing Officer Raikes, a weapon specialist aboard the USS John Paul Jones. Impressive indeed, but her music videos show her in a different light and that’s what we hope to see in the future too.

These films inevitably have those patriotic lessons to learn from and they always manage to give me goose pimples. It was endearing indeed, to see a vintage boat and war veterans get back into war-mode.

The film had its moments along with the predictability metre ranging high, but a War-Sci-fi combo doesn’t appeal to the general mass of audience. It is meant primarily for teenage boys who get a thrill from films such as these. Don’t expect great visuals because the film hasn’t been released in 3D and certain scenes could only be imagined with an extra dimension on the big screen. Watch it if Sci-fi is your genre to be able to thoroughly enjoy the film. It releases in India 5 weeks prior to its U.S. Release date. For me, it was the patriotism that took the points. It however, loses the points ’cause it is a confused film. There was a lot happening simultaneously.
Verdict: Movie tip- Buy yourself a Burrito with the film ticket.

Saumya Sharma

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