I braved the weather on Saturday night to go see "Battle: Los Angeles" with my friend Jason. February had been a bit of a disappointment movie wise, and as I paid my $12 to see a flick that at least would pass my "crap that blows up real good" axiom. In that aspect, "Battle: Los Angeles" lived up to the trailers.
Is there anything outstanding or magnficient in this movie? Not really. It was shot like a video game, and for 2 hours I felt like I was watching my friend play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on a 25ft screen with Dolby Digital surround sound.
The dialogue was cheesy. The logic gaps in the plot are large enough to drive a galactic star destroyer through, and the whole movie has the feeling of a cliche retrospective of a 1950s drive-in sci-fi flick (can you say "War of the Worlds"?). The film's aliens sometimes look robotic and sometimes organic, but at least they're somewhat interesting looking. CGI and matte work is solid, and for the most part, help you suspend disbelief and get involved in the movie. Most of the the action is captured in a shaky handheld style (can you say the stomach churning effect from movies such as "Cloverfield"). Eventhough the special effects make “Battle: Los Angeles” watchable, they alone do not make it a good movie.
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