Title: Battle: Los Angeles Director: Jonathan Liebesman Year: 2011 Run time: 1hr 56
We’ve had this one on our list for a while, the trailer seemed intriguing, but it also seemed a bit hard-hitting, so we had to pick the right time and mood to watch it. We settled down after a hectic race weekend to see what it was like.
0:47 - August 12th, that’s just a couple of weeks ago. I don’t remember any of this happening. 2:50 - More people running on sand. I definitely wouldn’t last in the army if that was part of the training. 4:31 - “Marine’s got a shelf life, you know?” 7:15 - Three hundred dollars extra on flowers? How much are they spending in the first place? 11:50 - Oh, look, there is the pregnant lady. For a minute there, I thought we would be spared. 15:24 - So much awkwardness! Boss is half his age, he may or may not have been responsible for the death of the guy’s brother… 18:15 - It comes to something when the marines are watching it all happen via the news broadcasters. 24:45 - There’s nothing like a three hour warning until bomb drop to focus the mind. 26:07 - Military films always amaze me - how do they know? 28:26 - They’ve certainly got some firepower, these aliens. Already, I’m pondering how on earth they can win this. 36:01 - At least visibility has cleared a little. Not so much now though. 37:01 - There’s a woman!!!! 41:35 - I sort of knew that was coming from the trailer, dammit. 44:13 - “You can go left, you can go right, just make a decision.” 48:07 - We’d be colonised for our water? I thought we were running out. 49:57 - Hehe, it’s all gone a bit Speed. 58:24 - He’s a bit of a maverick that one. 1:03:54 - There’s a tank! They have tanks in LA? 1:08:28 - They have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, these marines. 1:11:13 - How can there be anyone left alive? 1:15:22 - Ah, it is not just LA. But no UK? What’s wrong with us? We have tons of water! More than Paris anyway! 1:18:07 - WOW. 1:27:11 - That’s what we get paid for, he says. Is there anyone left to pay them? 1:29:07 - He said Speed Up! This is Speed! 1:30:23 - I’m not sure I’d get into a helicopter knowing what happened to the last one. 1:34:18 - Aw, that’s a good moment. 1:36:29 - Those things sound like the smoke monster. 1:40:23 - This is a suicidal mission, yes? 1:48:26 - Oh fine, some of them survived then. I was wrong.
Overall, I’d say the film was entertaining. There was a lot of firefighting, plenty of action, although there were some hardhitting moments to go with it. A lot of the emotional moments were just too cliched though. Oh, wait, there’s a marine who has a pregnant wife back home? Who’d have thought it? And oh, they need a pep talk because they don’t quite trust their sergeant’s motives? Some stock lines coming right up. It was cliched everywhere.
My main irritation with it, though, was the premise. They went barrelling into this place on the mission of finding some non-existent civilians before a non-existent airstrike. They managed to save four people and lost a gazillion along the way. What was the point? How did that make any sense? It was annoying.
But suspend, well, everything and it was entertaining.