In the obvious knock off titled Syfy Channel movie, Battle of Los Angeles went, I usually expect a certain amount of hokey fun, but this movie hit a new low I didn’t expect to ever see again. I give the movie a 1 out of 10… 1 for the fact that it ended and it was so bad that I actually started to laugh near the end.
The rest of this review of this Syfy channel original movie is a take on the movie and some observations throughout. There will be spoilers of a sort, but I’m thinking if you see this movie pop up on your TV, crank it up and change over to a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament to save your mind.
In Battle of Los Angeles opening a spaceship plows through and destroys a satellite. We then tune into a digitally created bland looking F-16, with a monotone radio communication for them to check out the unknown radar contact coming down into the sky.
There ya go, a huge spaceship comes down out of the sky and hovers over Los Angeles. And then, exactly like it happened in Independence Day, a beam comes down out of the ship through a skyscraper and the devastation spreads throughout. Then the F-16’s fire missiles but the UFO takes over the missiles and turns them on themselves, destroying those planes.
A 2nd pilot instantly figures out that if they shoot from a closer range the UFO can’t take control, but then the missiles explode on an invisible force field that surrounds the hovering alien ship.
Then flying saucers drop from the hovering ship and start firing on everything in sight, despite the beam that started the devastation.
AH, here comes the scene from ID4 where a bunch of UFO’s come in over the desert to attack the military base.
Then a Corsair lands in the midst of all the carnage, the pilot looks confused (I think that’s the expression he’s trying to convey). He took off in 1942 and went to investigate the UFO’s back then but landed now. They seem to think this kid from ’42 is the key to it… to something.
And this, was the first 20 minutes.
A little bit later the armed group of soldiers who we’re following encounters a woman who can do more with a sword than they can with hand grenades and machine guns.
Then there’s this scene that is very reminiscent of Cowboys and Aliens where a man shoots down a drone with a handgun and stands his ground as the thing crashes at his feet.
There’s a captured alien and they even ask if anyone has any Reese’s Pieces. “The damn thing loves them.”
Another alien has acid spit and an android body.
One of the characters is a cross between Black Widow and Nick Fury, with a samurai sword.
Ah, a ship that’s programmed to 1 pilot and only 1 pilot… as a character said, “You’ve seen Avatar, let’s go.” (Oh yea, they’re flying an alien ship up to the mother ship hovering over L.A..)
Two folk get trapped in a trash compactor on the alien ship.
One of the aliens things is a morphing robot… ala Terminator.
The dialog is about as flat as I’ve ever heard from any movie and the facial expressions of the actors is about as dead pan as I’ve ever seen. But this is a quickie knock-off movie that would seem to be based on or around the premise that is delivered in the movie in theaters that came out yesterday, Battle: Los Angeles.
The CGI in Battle of Los Angeles takes a surprisingly huge step back from the movies that have come out in recent days/years on Syfy and the same can be said for the cinematography. It was as if they rushed out and filmed this thing as fast as possible without hiring an editor and put it in the can, as is.
Even amongst Saturday night popcorn movies, this was about as flat as ever. I stayed tuned in to see what else I could have fun bagging on, all for you guys.
I’m sorry Syfy, but as positive as I try to be, this latest movie stuns me in as much as how it can be called an “original movie.” Huge, a huge plagiarist effort of writing peppered with Jr. High level product is not original.
As far as movies go, this has been one of the worst two hours I’ve ever sat through on TV. I’ve created a new scale for this movie. I’d give Battle of Los Angeles on the Syfy channel, a 5 or 6… as in 5 or 6 beers to get through it.