The comparisons between Transformers and Battleship are obvious. If Transformers were family, Battleship would be its slightly more interesting younger brother. As loud and ridiculous as it may be, Battleship offers true American Propaganda with a healthy dose of cinematic popcorn escapism.
PLOT: A fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals.
CAST: Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Asano Tadanobu, Liam Neeson,
DIRECTOR: Peter Berg
TIME: 131 minutes
GENRE: Action/Adventure/Science Fiction
AGE RESTRICTION: 10 V
RELEASED: May 04, 2012
Aliens and the Navy don’t often meet on-screen. The idea of playing battleships with Aliens seems even less likely. Yet that is exactly the premise of Battleship, a CGI extravaganza which showcases a lot more “Transformers-like” metallic robots and aliens, except this time they are on the sea. We’ve seen this kind of mindless trickery before, but let’s be honest, turning a board game into a big-budget summer blockbuster was always going to be a huge stretch.
After scientists discover a new planet light-years away, that might just contain intelligent life, they send a message to the planet, seemingly unaware that the aliens might just answer their call. During a massive military exercise the aliens invade earth, crash landing into oceans across the Pacific. After a rocky start in the Navy, Alex Hopper, our lovable yet reluctant hero, steps up to prove himself worthy among the ranks. What followers is a battle between man and alien, facing off our technology against theirs.
Yes, the script is thread-bare. Yes, the story is predictable. Yes, you can expect a lot of campy one-liners. Yes, things explode all too often. But Battleship delivers on its single promise; you will be entertained.
Make peace with the idea that Battleship is purely about eye-candy. Whether your choice of candy comes in the form of big explosives or drooling over the good-looking cast ensemble, you are guaranteed to find it here.
Taylor Kitsch, who appeared in John Carter earlier this year, remains unconvincing as a lead actor. Liam Neeson, the most notable actor amongst the cast, deserved more screen time. While Rihanna, who takes on her very first movie role as a weapons specialist, did a fair job in a supporting role.
Hasbro did everything in its power to ensure that Battleship would be a lucrative franchise. I’m sure they already have all forms of merchandise lined-up and ready to ship out (excuse the pun). It was entertaining enough to warrant a sequel, but let’s pray the story gets a little deeper than this.