I was almost talked out of going to see Battleship by some of what the mainstream critics were tossing out there. I AM GLAD I DID NOT LISTEN!
Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, and a bunch others in a tale of aliens coming to Earth with ill-gotten intent on their lizard-like alien minds. But what they didn’t count on was encountering the U.S. Navy and Taylor Kitsch. Bad, bad call aliens. You should have read the script and turned around!
Battleship starts out with some scientists reaching out to another Earth-like planet. What they get is a reply in the form of 5 ships coming to Earth to “visit.”
Kitsch plays an irresponsible/reckless Alex Hopper and his older brother, Naval Commander Stone Hopper is played by True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård. Trying to set his younger brother straight, Stone enlists Alex in the Navy.
After establishing a few details of the story, we find ourselves watching the Navy rev up for the annual war games called RIMPAC. We find Alex and his brother heading out to sea to partake in the exercise. But alas, the aliens arrive, splashing down in the ocean nearby the naval exercises.
And then the fun commences from there as they surface and deploy an energy bubble around the region of the war games, trapping three Naval ships inside the bubble with them.
I came into this movie thinking I was going to write a bad review, judging from what other critics were saying, but to be honest, I came away after having had a good time with the movie.
One of Taylor’s cast mates is played by Jesse Plemons and I swear, their characters in Battleship are pretty close to older extensions of their Friday Night Lights characters. (That’s not a bad thing and I did have to stretch my imagination, but it was doable since I was already stretching my brain!)
Rihanna was also in the cast and to be honest, I’m not sure just why she was there. Sure, she did fulfill her role of her Petty Officer Cora Raikes but she really didn’t seem to fit into the film. In fact, if you do go see the movie, you’ll be surprised how many faces you recognize in the film.
There were multiple nods to the board game this movie’s name is based on. From the flying pegs that do their damage, to some night time maneuvers that require some plotting and stabs in the dark at shooting at the enemy.
Director Peter Berg (Hancock) pulled this one off for me with the action, peppered with story and some character humor, even if sometimes, it didn’t quite fit. The characters are just vessels for humans to move the story forward but that’s not as bad as it sounds.
If you’re a person who looks for things to nit pick about, you will easily catch some of the inconsistencies I saw. But if you went to just enjoy the ride and have a fun popcorn movie experience, you’ll be fine.
I liked some of the ship capabilities showcased and the use of several heroic veterans was cool too. In fact the man with the two false legs IS honored war vet Gregory D. Gadson making his acting debut in this movie.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this PG-13 movie has a wee bit of gore, very little suggested sexuality and I think kids will be all over the aliens and the cool ass tech they wear running around in.
If you are mildly interested in the premise of Battleship, you won’t go wrong at all hitting up the discounted first screenings of the day. Even at full price, if you’re of the mind, I don’t think you’ll feel cheated. But it does require a wee bit of an open mind (aside from accepting the idea of aliens.)
I mean, if you like watching a battleship drop anchor and turn on a dime in the water, then that’s fun s*! If you can’t escape the premise of things like that, then you will either feel very vindicated ranting about it later, or will go a bit crazy.