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Battle Los Angeles (2011)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 78,511 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 11 March 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
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  • IMDb page: Battle Los Angeles (2011)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 78,511 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 11 March 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Filming Location: Barksdale Air Force Base – 40 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $70,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $83,441,911(USA)(22 May 2011)
  • Director: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan
  • Original Music By: Brian Tyler   
  • Soundtrack: Deal wit It
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Marine | Alien | Mission | Platoon | Sergeant

Writing Credits By:

  • Christopher Bertolini (written by) (as Chris Bertolini)

Known Trivia

  • Shane Black did uncredited work on the final script.
  • The film is inspired by the real life incident known as the Battle of Los Angeles, during World War II. On the night of 24-25 February 1942, unidentified aircraft were allegedly spotted in the airspace above Los Angeles. Suspecting it to be the Japanese, a blackout of the city was ordered and over 1,440 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition was fired. Upon finding no evidence of the existence of any enemy aircraft, the incident was declared to be a “false alarm”. The event has since been chalked up to as being a result of “war nerves”, likely triggered by a lost weather balloon and exacerbated by stray flares and shell bursts from adjoining anti-aircraft batteries.
  • Very little of the film was actually shot in Los Angeles. Tax incentives brought the production to Louisiana where sets of Los Angeles streets were constructed.
  • The movie will be released on 03/11/11. 0311 is the Marine Corps Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) for Infantry Riflemen.
  • Marines from Camp Pendleton helped train the actors for their roles, educating them in the Marine lifestyle. A number of actual marines also appear as extras in the film. To thank them, a sneak preview of the film was shown at Camp Pendleton on March 3rd, 2011.
  • Aaron Eckhart broke his arm while filming a stunt. He never missed a day of work because of it.
  • Aaron Eckhart said, out of all the movies he has made, this was the funniest yet toughest one to make. He went on to say that he would love to return for a sequel and would like it to be set in Paris, France.
  • Due to script changes, ‘Michelle Rodriguez”s character wasn’t added until a month before filming began.
  • The officer referred to by Sgt. Nantz on the bus in reference to the line “Retreat Hell” is Capt. Lloyd W. Williams of the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines. When advised to withdraw by a French officer at the defensive line just north of the village of Lucy-le-Bocage on June 1st, 1918, he is said to have replied: “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!”. Captain Williams died 11 days later near Chateau-Thierry.
  • Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana doubled for Camp Pendleton in many shots. Air Force One carrying President Bush initially landed at Barksdale AFB on Sept. 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks. The filmmakers have said that they used the aftermath of destruction of the Twin Towers as a reference point for much of the destruction in Los Angeles seen in the film.

Goofs: Factual errors: It is said that there is nowhere in our known universe that there is liquid water on or near the surface but Saturn's moon Enceladus has liquid water just beneath the surface and so does Jupiter's moon Europa.

Plot: A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders. Full summary »  »

Story: Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone.Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)  


Synopsis: Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earths atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)————————————————————————–

Aug 12, 2011. Los Angles is under attack by an unknown enemy. Marines in full combat gear scramble to their helos. Staff Sgt Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon sit nervously as they fly through gunfire along the city.

24 hours earlier:Nantz and his buddies exercise on the sunny beach. Younger men leave him in the dust, panting and sweating, He drives to Camp Pendleton and listens to a radio report about a meteor shower. In the office another Sgt can’t believe Nantz has filed his retirement papers.

The platoon is in a flower shop, one of the men is getting married. They joke around. In the barracks rec room others joke around and relax. Lance Cpl. Kerns (Jim Parrack) is meeting the Psych Doctor and claims he’s fine. Cpl. Lockett (Cory Hardict) talks to his dead brother at a cemetery. That night the boys play golf with beer. Corpsman Jibril (A. McCormack) wants to be a doctor.

The TV news says there are evacuations along the coastline, the meteors should hit a few miles offshore. The next day Nantz trains a platoon in a sandpit when they are ordered to mobilize. Nantz is needed. Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez) of 1st Platoon is right out of OCS and asks one of his men what they know about Nantz, who will be filling in as platoon sgt. The man hints at a shady past. The men gear up as reports of meteor showers around the world come in. In Iraq it turns out Nantz was a hero but got a couple of guys killed in action.

The meteors hit off Santa Monica. A briefing officer says they slow down before hitting and are mechanical in nature. It is threat con delta! The TV shows panic on the beaces as large figures walk toward the shore firing laser guns and guided rockets at the humans. Martinez gives the men the gung-ho speech and they board the helo. Bravado slowly turns to fear and Martinez writes a letter to his wife. Over Santa Monica beach, they look down at fiery wreckage and the helicopters fly though incoming and outgoing barrages as well as enemy ground fire. They land at Forward Operating Base, Sanata Monica Airport.

An officer gives a sitrep and briefs them on their task, Santa Monica is going to be levelled to stop the infestation of the invading aliens at 1930 hours. Lt. Martinez is to take his squad to a police station at Venice and Amorosa, to save some civilians. They have exactly three hours before bombing starts.

The troops move out as panicked people run the other way. They walk warily through smoke and destruction. Suddenly they are under attack from bolts of tracer-laser fire from all directions by unseen hostiles. One alien soldier is seen on a nearby rooftop of a house and shooting down at them, as the Marines scream and regroup. Martinez freezes up as the squad is boxed in. They manage to break thru a fence and escape and take cover in a house. Linehan is missing, Nantz goes back to get him with two others. Lineham is cornered in a laundry room. Linehan comes face to face with an alien and manages to wound it by shooting at it and throw it into a swimming pool. The other three arrive and all four empty their mags into the creature. They grenade the pool for good measure.

The squad keeps moving toward the police station, some are injured. They have to take cover again when they come under fire again from bearly seen alien troops in which three more marines from another squad join them. Tech Sgt Santos (Michelle Rodriguez) is one of them. They proceed to the police station. After a quiet walk for about 15 more minutes, the Marines finally arrive at the police station only to see the place all shot up. They find five civilians, a couple and three kids. An evac helicopter arrives and some of the squad get in but are immediately blasted by enemy aircraft which now appear out of the skies. Martinez is panicky but Nantz settles him down. They take to the roof of the police building to plan a way back to the FOB (Forward Operating Base). Nantz introduces himself to the civilian Joe Rincon (Michael Pena) and his son Hector. The marines on the roof watch a squad of aliens setting up on a roof 300 meters to the north. On a TV screen, the CNN expert says Earth is being colonized for its resources. The aliens apparently want the water which they use a fuel for their spaceships and weapons.

The marines plan to escape using a bus, they have less than an hour before the airstrike hits. As two go to hotwire the bus, the others find a wounded alien. Nantz wants to find out where the weak point is, the civilian Michele (Birdget Moynahan) is a veterinarian and helps as they rip into the body through its binary mechanical suit which has its assault weapon emplanted in it. Just then, the alien reinforcement soldiers attack the police station. Nantz uncovers a translucent organ and bayonets it, just to right of the heart, thus killing the captive alien at last.

Everyone piles into the bus and off they go. They need to travel six blocks in 35 minutes. They hear a funny noise and stop as a large squadron of enemy aircraft fly overhead heading east to downtown LA. They realize the aliens are homing in to their radio transmissions, Nantz grabs a radio and runs ahead, he sets it on to draw a flying craft close, then blows it up as it passes by a gas station. He investigates the wreckage and discovers it is a UAV (an unmanned aircraft). The marines cheer his "John Wayne" heroism.

Nantz and Santos quietly discuss the aliens must have a command and control center. They have 25 mins and must detour on to the elevated freeway. Getting close, the off ramp is blown and the bus is attacked by alien soldiers on another overpass whom are shooting at an engaging battle tank. Two marines try to set up a rappel to get down to the ground as the rest provide cover fire. After brief success a large alien walking tank comes towards them after detroying the M1 Abrams tank. The marines pull back and place bombs in damaged cars. Rincon grabs a gun and shoots an alien but is mortally wounded. Martinez is badly wounded and tells Nantz to save the rest. He gives the SSgt the letter to his wife. As the aliens approach, Martinez triggers the bombs in suicide and saves the squad. The surviving marines whisper that Nantz left the Lt. to die.

Once again they all take a rest in an abandoned building which is a local supermarket. Nantz tries to relieve the dying Rincon. Santos finds a landline. Turning on a TV set in the store, the CNN TV experts say the aliens are already drawing down the ocean levels. There are 20 large alien ships off each major coastal city. Santos and Nantz plan to take it out. There is one minute to the deadline. Countdown 3-2-1-0….nothing happens. At nightfall, they arrive at the Santa Monica airport FOB, it is deserted and in complete ruins after an alien airstrike. Hector cries by his father’s body, Nantz comforts the boy. A marine calls out Nantz and his apparent disregard for others. Nantz proves each time one of his men died has deeply affected him, including the Corporal’s brother back in Iraq. They find a LAV armoured vehicle and Humvee and head to the next evac site.

The LAV runs over a group of aliens as they travel and shoot at high speed. A Huey comes to rescue them. The pilot says they are abandoning Los Angeles. In the air, Nantz looks solemnly at LA in flames. They fly over an area of high RF interference, Nantz wants to go down and recon. He gives Martinez’ letter and rappels down alone, shortly after the rest of the Marines follow him.

They sneak up and observe the aliens entrypoint to the underground Command and Control point. They move in through the sewer and get close to a huge mechanical device. Now they go up to the surface and plan their tactics. Kerns calls in the target co-ordinates and the Marines defend their position as they aim a laser. Just then, a huge alien craft begins to break out of the ground ascend and the marines try to keep the laser aimed at it. Santos takes out an alien defensive drone with her Stinger missle and finally a copperhead laser guided missle hits the alien c&c craft which explodes. The alien troops retreat.

Nantz and his squad are evac’d to the Mojave Desert. After informing forward command of their success, it is relayed to the armies of the rest of the world which will copy the technique to defeat the aliens. Nantz starts to reload his magazine, the others join him to go back into the fight and take back LA.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeffrey Chernov known as producer
  • Samuel Dickerman known as production executive
  • David Greenblatt known as executive producer
  • Ori Marmur known as producer
  • Neal H. Moritz known as producer
  • Lisa Rodgers known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aaron Eckhart known as Sgt. Michael Nantz
  • Ramon Rodriguez known as 2nd Lt. William Martinez
  • Will Rothhaar known as Cpl. Lee Imlay
  • Cory Hardrict known as Cpl. Jason Lockett
  • Jim Parrack known as LCpl. Peter Kerns
  • Gino Anthony Pesi known as Cpl. Nick Stavrou
  • Ne-Yo known as Cpl. Kevin Harris
  • James Hiroyuki Liao known as LCpl. Steven Mottola
  • Noel Fisher known as Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
  • Bridget Moynahan known as Michele
  • Adetokumboh M'Cormack known as Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
  • Bryce Cass known as Hector Rincon
  • Michael Peña known as Joe Rincon
  • Joey King known as Kirsten
  • Michelle Rodriguez known as TSgt. Elena Santos
  • Neil Brown Jr. known as LCpl. Richard Guerrero
  • Taylor Handley known as LCpl. Corey Simmons
  • Lucas Till known as Cpl. Scott Grayston
  • Kenneth Brown Jr. known as Cpl. Richard Oswald
  • Jadin Gould known as Amy
  • Joe Chrest known as 1st Sgt. John Roy
  • E. Roger Mitchell known as Company Captain (as Roger Mitchell)
  • Rus Blackwell known as Lt. Col. K.N. Ritchie
  • Susie Abromeit known as Amanda
  • Brandi Coleman known as Cherise
  • Elizabeth Keener known as Kathy Martinez (as Elizabeth L. Keener)
  • Jessica Heap known as Jessy
  • David Jensen known as Psychiatrist
  • Stacey Turner known as Reporter on TV
  • Tom Hillmann known as Reporter on TV
  • Lena Clark known as Kristy
  • Jamie Norwood known as Flower Shop Employee
  • Todd Cochran known as Command Hangar Marine
  • Nzinga Blake known as Adukwu's Sister
  • Taryn Southern known as Reporter on Beach
  • James D. Dever known as Sgt. Major (as Jim Dever)
  • Marlon Young known as Sergeant Major
  • Alex Aristidis known as Beach Goer (uncredited)
  • Charlotte Biggs known as Emergency Medical Tech. (uncredited)
  • Ava Bogle known as Beach Girl 1 (uncredited)
  • Beau Brasseaux known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Grant Case known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Kurt Deville known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Joshua Farcone known as Dead Civilian (uncredited)
  • Alex Froman known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Zander Gerhardt known as Dead Civilian (uncredited)
  • Emily D. Haley known as Citizen / Dead Citizen (uncredited)
  • Nick Jones Jr. known as Marine (uncredited)
  • Tony Mccullough known as LAPD Officer Boggs (uncredited)
  • Keith Middlebrook known as Steve Johinson (uncredited)
  • Courtney Munch known as Marine Crew Chief (uncredited)
  • Jim Palmer known as Crew Chief (uncredited)
  • Michelle Pierce known as Shelly (uncredited)
  • Lawanda Smith known as Civilian (uncredited)
  • David Speed known as Gary (uncredited)
  • Peyton Whitcomb known as Extra (uncredited)
  • Michael Wozniak known as Beach Dude (uncredited)
  • Lynette Zumo known as Dead civillian (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Cary Ayers known as creature technician
  • Cary Ayers known as makeup effects
  • Kim Ayers known as key makeup artist
  • Gloria Belz known as makeup artist
  • Steve Buscaino known as makeup artist
  • Steve Buscaino known as makeup effects shop supervisor
  • Gloria Pasqua Casny known as hair department head
  • Brian Demski known as creature technician
  • Brian Demski known as special makeup effects artist
  • Jeremy Drake known as makeup effects
  • Thomas Eldredge known as creature effects production assistant
  • Andrew Freeman known as sculptor
  • Sherri Hamilton known as assistant hair stylist
  • Joel Harlow known as makeup department head
  • Jules Holdren known as key hair stylist
  • Christopher Johnson known as sculptor
  • Hiroshi Katagiri known as sculptor: Spectral Motion Inc
  • Krystal Kershaw known as makeup artist
  • Don Lanning known as lead sculptor
  • Courtney Lether known as creature technician
  • Courtney Lether known as makeup artist
  • Adrienne Lynn known as additional makeup artist
  • Leonard MacDonald known as makeup artist
  • Chrissy Morris known as additional makeup artist
  • Kent Richard known as additional hair stylist
  • Tony Ward known as third hair stylist
  • Jed Dornoff known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Shaun Smith known as fake bodies (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Spencer J. Abadie known as construction production assistant
  • Dave Akes known as carpenter
  • Michael Arena known as greens foreman
  • Tom Ashburn known as stand-by painter
  • Richard Bennett known as storyboard artist
  • Jesse Benson known as art director: additional photography
  • Charles Bodenheimer known as painter
  • Rick Broderman known as paint foreman
  • Jeff Broome known as construction medic
  • Kenneth Brown known as prop maker
  • Shane Buckallew known as lead plaster foreman
  • Eddie Burcham known as set dresser
  • David Chow known as digital set designer
  • John B. Clarey III known as construction general foreman
  • Daniel Coe known as general foreman
  • Randall S. Coe known as construction coordinator
  • Matthew L. Crowson known as set dresser
  • Ricardo F. Delgado known as storyboard artist
  • Carl Denooyer known as gang boss: set dressing
  • James Dupuy known as general foreman
  • Will Eastin known as graphic designer
  • TyRuben Ellingson known as conceptual designer
  • Jann K. Engel known as set designer
  • Matthew Gatlin known as model maker
  • Gregory T. Geniusz known as set dresser
  • Paul Gerrard known as concept artist
  • Chris Grantz known as set dresser
  • Julie Gueydan known as construction buyer
  • Ted Haigh known as graphic designer
  • Chad Harris known as set dresser
  • Destin M. Hebert known as props
  • Anthony J. Henderson known as lead sculptor
  • Kathleen Kat Holton known as construction buyer
  • Daniel R. Jennings known as set designer
  • Phillip Joffrion known as set dresser
  • Tammi Johnson known as construction medic
  • Edward Joyner known as draftsman
  • Joey Kent known as set dresser
  • Thierry Labbe known as leadman
  • Nicole LaBranche known as art department coordinator
  • Gerald J. Lajaunie known as welder gangboss
  • Ty Landry known as set dresser
  • Leo Lauricella known as mill foreman
  • Blake Le Vasseur known as set sculptor
  • Mara LePere-Schloop known as assistant art director
  • K. Emily Levine known as art department coordinator
  • Andrew H. Lewis known as set labor
  • Lindanne Lewis known as set plasterer
  • Steve Martemucci known as construction gangboss
  • T.J. McCall known as lead scenic artist
  • Kevin McCullough known as assistant property master
  • Molly Mikula known as set designer
  • Martha Eidsness Mitchell known as art department
  • Phillip Norwood known as storyboard artist
  • Rachel Nowik known as set decoration coordinator
  • William Nutt known as key greensman
  • Cory Parker known as on-set dresser
  • Brett Phillips known as lead model maker
  • Danielle Poret known as art department assistant
  • Daniel Ramos known as utility tech
  • Jack Reeves known as painter
  • Virle S. Reid known as second assistant property master
  • Erika Rice known as set dressing buyer
  • Noel Rideout known as set dresser
  • George Sanchez known as plasterer
  • Jordu Schell known as conceptual creature designer
  • John Eric Seay known as foreman
  • Ember Soberman known as painter
  • Paul Stanwyck known as lead painter
  • Jason Baldwin Stewart known as assistant art director (as Jason E. Baldwin)
  • Gordon Thomas known as set dresser
  • Gary Tuers known as property master
  • Bill Walters known as set dresser
  • Simon Webber known as concept artist
  • Jason Wilson known as foreman
  • Michael Wynn known as painter
  • Caryn Marcus known as set decoration buyer (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Original Film
  • Legion Entertainment (loan-out creative)

Other Companies:

  • 1 Force  military technical advisors
  • Armytrucks  military vehicles
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Behind the Scenes  shipping by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Digital FX  post-production support
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Event Rental  locations equipment rentals
  • Event Rental  props
  • Hollywood Rentals Productions Services  lighting and grip equipment
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  •  nanoflash HD recorders
  • Klass Security and Investigations  anti-piracy security
  • LRX Lighting  grip and lighting equipment
  • Los Angeles Rag House  blue/green screens
  • Louisiana Entertainment  state film office
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • OOOii  interactive design
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Technocranes and Libra Heads
  • Reel Security  Production Security: Los Angeles (additional photography)
  • Scenechronize  production management software
  • Silver Screen Supply  expendables
  • Silver Screen Supply  portable power systems and cables
  • Silver Screen Supply  production supplies
  • Sony Pictures Studios Scoring Stage  music recorded at (as Sony Pictures Studios, Streisand Scoring Stage)
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Acme Film (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Columbia Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Columbia TriStar Warner Filmes de Portugal (2011) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (2011) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • FX Network (2013) (USA) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • ArsenalFX
  • Cinema Production Services
  • Cinesite
  • Hydraulx
  • Intelligent Creatures
  • Luma Pictures (additional visual effects)
  • Matte World Digital (additional visual effects)
  • Persistence of Vision Entertainment (pre-visualization)
  • Shade VFX (visual effects)
  • Soho VFX (visual effects)
  • Spectral Motion (concept designs)

Visual Effects by:

  • Kevin Aguirre known as previs artist
  • Neishaw Ali known as executive producer
  • Ryan Andersen known as visual effects production assistant: Shade VFX
  • Mandy Arnold known as digital restoration artist
  • Oliver Arnold known as lighting supervisor
  • Jeff Atherton known as associate visual effects producer: Hydraulx
  • David August known as interactive creative director: OOOii
  • Dan Ayling known as matchmove artist
  • Dave Bannister known as compositor: Cinesite
  • Craig Barron known as visual effects supervisor: Matte World Digital
  • Austin Basile known as digital compositor
  • Darren A. Bell known as visual effects executive producer: Intelligent Creatures
  • Laurent Ben-Mimoun known as matte painter
  • Michael Boden known as compositor
  • Joel Bodin known as lighting technical director
  • Amanda Bone known as texture artist
  • Pierre Bonnette known as visual effects artist
  • Matt Boyer known as matchmove artist
  • Charlie Bradbury known as visual effects producer: The Embassy VFX
  • Adam Briggs known as visual effects artist
  • Kirk Brillon known as digital compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Andre Brizard known as compositor: cinesite
  • Kari Brown known as senior effects technical director: Cinesite
  • Kenneth Quinn Brown known as visual effects: Hydraulx (as Kenneth Brown)
  • Ronn Brown known as visual effects: AXISvfx
  • Jeff Bruneel known as senior compositor
  • Tom Bruno Jr. known as senior previsualization artist
  • Andy Burmeister known as lead matchmover: Luma Pictures
  • Everett Burrell known as visual effects supervisor
  • Jeremy F. Butler known as animation supervisor
  • Andrew Byrne known as visual effects artist
  • Roisin Byrne known as production accountant: cinesite
  • Doug Campbell known as senior compositor
  • Jeff Campbell known as visual effects supervisor: SPIN VFX
  • Kevin Campbell known as visual effects
  • Alexandre Cancado known as lead digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Marco Capparelli known as animator
  • David Carriker known as visual effects supervisor: Modern Videofilm
  • Steve Casa known as 3d scan technician
  • David Casey known as compositor: The Embassy
  • Chas Cash known as effects td: cinesite
  • Cynthia Rodriguez del Castillo known as digital compositor
  • Oscar G. Castillo known as senior fx artist
  • Hunter Chase known as previz artist
  • Daniel Chavez known as visual effects coordinator
  • Dominic Cheung known as lighting techical director: The Embassy VFX
  • Vincent Cirelli known as visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Peter Clayton known as animation: cinesite
  • James Clyne known as visual effects concept artist
  • Ross Colgan known as senior data operator: Cinesite
  • Andrew M. Collins known as animator
  • Andrew M. Collins known as matchmove artist
  • Emanuele Comotti known as senior compositor: Cinesite
  • Cameron Coombs known as digital compositor
  • Paul Copeland known as visual effects artist: The Embassy VFX
  • Dayne Cowan known as digital development manager: cinesite
  • Don Crawford known as visual effects artist
  • Colin Cunningham known as lighting lead: Soho VFX
  • Rocky Curby known as pre-visualization artist
  • Phil Dakin known as tracking/layout lead: SPIN VFX
  • Amy Daye known as lead compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Hector de la Torre known as modeler / texture artist: Hydraulx
  • Dave Dean known as digital compositor
  • Yoshi DeHerrera known as 3d lidar scanning
  • Alberto Della Regina known as effects technical director
  • Kent Demaine known as creative director: interactive design: OOOii
  • Giancarlo Derchie known as digital compositor
  • Ashish Dewan known as digital compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Joseph DiValerio known as visual effects
  • Chethan Diwakar known as digital compositor
  • Dan Dixon known as CG supervisor: Shade VFX
  • Eric Doiron known as compositing supervisor: Spin VFX
  • David Dozoretz known as senior pre-visualization supervisor
  • Abdullah Ecirli known as digital compositor
  • Nadav Ehrlich known as 3D animator: Soho VFX
  • Leif Einarsson known as postvis supervisor
  • Leif Einarsson known as previs artist
  • Kevin Elam known as visual effects producer
  • Tamer Eldib known as modeler
  • Josh Elmore known as model/texture artist: Hydraulx
  • Nicholas Elwell known as visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Jared Embley known as rigger/crowd td: Cinesite
  • Eddie Englander known as compositor: Spin VFX
  • Xou Fang known as motion editor
  • Marq Faulkner known as roto/paint artist: Hydraulx
  • Andrew Fensom known as compositor: Cinesite
  • Frank Fieser known as digital compositor
  • Igor Fiorentini known as digital compositor
  • Paul Flanagan known as effects artist: Embassy Visual Effects
  • Patrick Flannery known as visual effects stills photographer
  • Anna Ford known as bidding producer: Cinesite
  • Chris Fregoso known as compositor
  • Joshua Galbincea known as roto/paint artist
  • Juan Jesus Garcia known as matte painting supervisor: SPIN
  • Melissa Garcia known as compositor
  • Caroline Garrett known as cg manager: cinesite
  • Demitre Garza known as digital artist
  • Alex Gatsis known as animator: Embassy VFX
  • Gillian George known as digital matte painter
  • Paul C. George known as lead lighting technical director: Spin VFX
  • Peter Giliberti known as animation director
  • Luca Giorgio known as CG artist: Spin VFX
  • Bryan Godwin known as visual effects supervisor: Shade VFX
  • Katie Godwin known as visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Dianne Gordon known as data operations manager: Cinesite
  • Lenny Gordon known as tracker: Luma Pictures
  • Robin Scott Graham known as compositing supervisor
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  • Sebastian Greese known as look development: Hydraulx
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  • Jem Grimshaw known as lighting: cinesite
  • Jon Grinberg known as visual effects editor: Hydraulx
  • Joshua Grow known as 3d coordinator: Hydraulx
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  • Miguel A. Guerrero known as senior modeler: Hydraulx
  • Manuel H. Guizar known as compositor
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  • Jason Michael Hall known as pre-visualization artist
  • Lindsay Hallett known as director: business development: LUMA PICTURES
  • H Haden Hammond known as sequence supervisor: Luma Pictures
  • Brian Hanable known as digital effects compositor: Hydraulx
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  • Steve Hawken known as digital compositor
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  • Winston Helgason known as visual effects supervisor: The Embassy
  • Sandro Henriques known as compositor: cinesite
  • Brent Hensarling known as senior systems administrator: Luma Pictures
  • Chad Hofteig known as pre-visualization artist
  • Paul Hopkins known as matchmove/layout
  • Carl Horner known as model builder
  • Graham Houston known as lighting: cinesite
  • Bryan Howard known as rigger: Soho VFX
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  • Catherine Hughes known as visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Nathan Hurlburt known as digital compositor
  • Louise Hutchinson known as visual effects coordinator: cinesite
  • Atsushi Imamura known as lead modeler: Hydraulx
  • J.D. Imhof known as lighting artist: Hydraulx
  • Pasha Ivanov known as visual effects
  • Jason Ivimey known as animator: Cinesite
  • Andreas Jablonka known as senior compositor: Shade VFX
  • Chretien James known as senior lighting lead
  • Brian Janelli known as model/texture artist
  • Adam Jewett known as visual effects coordinator: SPIN VFX
  • Christopher Johnson known as model maker
  • Jeremy Johnson known as digital compositor
  • Justin Johnson known as digital effects supervisor
  • John Joyce known as miniature effects producer
  • Michael Joyce known as miniature effects supervisor
  • Zack Judson known as visual effects artist
  • Marky Kang known as digital artist
  • John Kay known as 3D animator: Cinesite
  • Robert James Kelly known as technical director
  • Harimander Singh Khalsa known as visual effects artist: Luma Pictures (as Michael Cashore)
  • Sevendalino Khay known as digital matte painting: Cinesite
  • Sithiriscient Khay known as digital matte painter
  • Steve Kimbrey known as matchmove artist: cinesite
  • Anthony Kramer known as digital compositor: Shade VFX
  • George Krauter known as digital artist
  • Slav Kravchenko known as matte painter: Intelligent Creatures
  • Daniel Kruse known as digital lighter: Hydraulx
  • Ashwin Kumar known as rotoscope artist
  • Bill Kunin known as visual effects supervisor
  • Ted Lao known as visual effects production manager: Soho VFX
  • Kim LeBrane known as 3d coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Daniel Lee known as digital compositor
  • Jongju Lee known as 3D animator: SPIN VFX
  • Sun Lee known as senior matte painter: Hydraulx
  • Paul Lemeshko known as visual effects
  • Todd Liddiard known as senior digital compositing artist
  • Colin Liggett known as senior compositor
  • Catherine Liu known as visual effects coordinator
  • Amy Lloyd known as lead matchmove artist
  • Derick Loo known as digital artist: Soho VFX
  • Jose Lopez known as modeler: Hydraulx
  • Steve Lowry known as digital compositor
  • Felix Lu known as modeler / texture artist: Hydraulx
  • Adam Lucas known as rigging and modelling: cinesite
  • George Macri known as visual effects producer: SPIN
  • Jessica Madsen known as digital artist: Luma Pictures
  • Allan Magled known as visual effects producer: Soho VFX
  • Gabriel Mandala known as digital compositor: Embassy Visual Effects
  • Adam Marisett known as animator: Embassy VFX
  • Jean-Yves Martel known as visual effects production executive: Intelligent Creatures
  • Edward Martin known as production assistant: Cinesite
  • Seth Martiniuk known as compositor
  • Dan Mason known as modeler: Cinesite
  • Artin Matousian known as systems administrator
  • Matt Mcewan known as digital compositor
  • Doran McGee known as visual effects artist
  • Dennis McHugh known as visual effects director of photography
  • Michael Meagher known as visual effects executive producer
  • Scott Michelson known as visual effects executive producer
  • Michael Miller known as digital compositor
  • Steven Miller known as flare artist: Hydraulx
  • Dhaval Mistry known as matchmover: Spin VFX
  • Dipesh Mistry known as visual effects editor: SPIN VFX
  • Jennifer Mizener known as visual effects producer: Cinesite
  • Lon Molnar known as visual effects production executive: Intelligent Creatures
  • Paul Molodowitch known as pipeline technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Chris F. Moore known as visual effects
  • Hailey Moore known as texture painter: Soho VFX
  • Rebecca Moores known as production accountant: cinesite
  • Carlos Morales known as digital compositor
  • Eroc Moralls known as visual effects artist
  • Raul Moreno known as pre-visualization artist
  • Michael Morley known as digital compositor
  • Jesse Morrow known as visual effects artist
  • Gautama Murcho known as roto/paint artist: Luma Pictures
  • Connor Murphy known as motion editor
  • Paul Murphy known as modelling and texturing: cinesite
  • Ben Nelson known as previsualization artist
  • Marla Neto known as digital coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Ken Nielsen known as digital compositor
  • Talon Nightshade known as lead matte painter: Hydraulx
  • James P. Noon known as tracking
  • Robert Nzengou-Tayo known as matchmove artist
  • Ciaran O'Connor known as digital compositor: Soho VFX
  • Dave Olivares known as visual effects technical director
  • Chris Olivas known as digital artist
  • James Orlik known as animator: Giant Studios
  • James Orlik known as motion editor: Giant Studios
  • Tyler Ott known as vfx assistant coordinator
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  • Eugene Paluso known as tracking and layout
  • Bruno Parenti known as digital artist: Hydraulx
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  • Chris Payne known as digital compositor
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  • Claire Pegorier known as digital artist
  • Daniel Pettipher known as facility production manager: cinesite
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  • Ian Plumb known as compositor: cinesite
  • Brian Pohl known as previsualization supervisor
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  • James Porter known as matchmove artist
  • Justin Porter known as technical coordinator: Luma Pictures
  • Dave Preciado known as motion editor
  • Dan Prentice known as visual effects artist
  • Jeremy Price known as compositor
  • Chris Radcliffe known as senior modeler
  • Scott Rader known as senior inferno artist: Hydraulx
  • Stevie Ramone known as digital compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Pimentel A. Raphael known as animation supervisor
  • Leigh H. Rens known as previsualization artist/animator
  • Nathan Rich known as network administrator: Luma Pictures
  • Carrie Richardson known as visual effects production manager: Spin VFX
  • John Riddle known as technical director: Shade VFX
  • Colin Riley known as compositor
  • Scott Riopelle known as senior digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures
  • Gillian Roberts known as bidding producer: Cinesite
  • Austin Roderique known as digital artist
  • Karl Rogovin known as dynamics effects animator: Hydraulx
  • Drew Rosen known as system administrator: Luma Pictures
  • Marc Roth known as visual effects artist
  • Matthew Rouleau known as lead technical director
  • Jean-Paul Rovela known as lighting: cinesite
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner
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  • Leigh Russell known as texture artist
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  • Evan Schiff known as visual effects editor
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  • Tim Sibley known as lead effects artist: SPIN VFX
  • Joey Sila known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Jared Simeth known as lead digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Tim Simon known as modeler: Hydraulx
  • Nick Sinnott known as tracking artist: Hydraulx
  • Thanapoom Siripopungul known as character technical director: Luma Pictures
  • Adam Smith known as visual effects
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  • Liam Spencer known as rotoscope artist: Cinesite
  • Nic Spier known as digital artist
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  • Andy Stevens known as visual effects editor: Cinesite
  • Colin Strause known as visual effects designer
  • Greg Strause known as visual effects designer
  • Shane Strickman known as visual effects coordinator: Shade VFX (as Shane Paugh)
  • Donald Strubler Jr. known as compositor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Frederick George Stuhrberg known as 3D scanning
  • Jul Sumaran known as digital artist
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  • Steven Swanson known as visual effects supervising producer: Luma Pictures
  • David Swift known as matte painter: Cinesite
  • Joey Tang known as digital compositor
  • Marcus Taormina known as visual effects data coordinator
  • Blair Tennessy known as CG supervisor
  • Mark Thomas-Stubbs known as digital compositor
  • Patrick Thompson known as digital compositor
  • Alexander Tirasongkran known as matchmove artist
  • Yuki Uehara known as roto/paint artist
  • Eduardo Vaisman known as visual effects editor: Spin VFX
  • David Van Dyke known as visual effects executive producer: Shade VFX
  • Courtney Vanderslice known as visual effects executive producer: cinesite
  • Tracey Vaz known as senior compositor
  • Rickey Verma known as digital compositor
  • Collazo Versace known as digital compositor
  • Robert Vignone known as modeler: Hydraulx
  • Holger Voss known as senior pipeline technical director
  • Kevin Wang known as motion capture animator
  • Kevin Wang known as motion capture tracker
  • Kevin Wang known as motion editor
  • James Waterson known as digital compositor: Luma Pictures
  • Chris Wells known as visual effects: Hydraulx
  • Andrew Wheater known as texture painter: Cinesite
  • Geoff Wigmore known as digital compositor
  • Steve Wigmore known as digital artist
  • C. Jerome Williams known as digital compositor
  • Derek Winslow known as matte painter
  • Andrew Winters known as visual effects artist
  • Steven D. Wolff known as compositor
  • Sarah Wormsbecher known as visual effects producer: Intelligent Creatures
  • Michael Wortmann known as senior effects technical director
  • Xye known as tracking
  • Yoshiya Yamada known as creature/modeling supervisor: Hydraulx
  • Clement Yip known as animator
  • Michelle Yu known as digital compositor: SPIN VFX
  • Michael Zavala known as compositing coordinator: Hydraulx VFX
  • Bojan Zoric known as digital matte painting supervisor
  • Anthony Zwartouw known as cg supervisor: cinesite
  • Keith Barton known as production support: Cinesite (uncredited)
  • Cleber Coutinho known as digital artist: Cinesite (uncredited)
  • Philip Fraschetti known as flare artist: Hydraulx (uncredited)
  • Michael Honrada known as compositor: Matte World Digital (uncredited)
  • Victor Tang known as researcher (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 8 March 2011 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • Argentina 10 March 2011
  • Hong Kong 10 March 2011
  • Israel 10 March 2011
  • Kuwait 10 March 2011
  • Peru 10 March 2011
  • Serbia 10 March 2011
  • South Korea 10 March 2011
  • Belarus 11 March 2011
  • Canada 11 March 2011
  • Colombia 11 March 2011
  • Estonia 11 March 2011
  • Iceland 11 March 2011
  • India 11 March 2011
  • Ireland 11 March 2011
  • Kazakhstan 11 March 2011
  • Lithuania 11 March 2011
  • Mexico 11 March 2011
  • Russia 11 March 2011
  • Taiwan 11 March 2011
  • UK 11 March 2011
  • USA 11 March 2011
  • Uruguay 11 March 2011
  • France 16 March 2011
  • Philippines 16 March 2011
  • Australia 17 March 2011
  • Croatia 17 March 2011
  • Hungary 17 March 2011
  • Malaysia 17 March 2011
  • Singapore 17 March 2011
  • Brazil 18 March 2011
  • Bulgaria 18 March 2011
  • Panama 18 March 2011
  • Poland 18 March 2011
  • Turkey 18 March 2011
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 24 March 2011
  • Slovenia 24 March 2011
  • Venezuela 25 March 2011
  • Belgium 30 March 2011
  • Denmark 31 March 2011
  • Greece 31 March 2011
  • Finland 1 April 2011
  • Spain 1 April 2011
  • Norway 8 April 2011
  • Thailand 13 April 2011
  • Germany 14 April 2011
  • Sweden 20 April 2011
  • Netherlands 21 April 2011
  • Portugal 21 April 2011
  • Italy 22 April 2011
  • Japan 17 September 2011

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction, and for language



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  1. CaliKeane from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    Just Saw this Film at an advanced screening in Long Beach.

    Battle: Los Angeles is the tale of Staff Sargeant Nantz' last day as amarine. Without spelling it out or drawing a diagram, the audience andthe marine platoon we are following, are immediately deployed into LosAngeles for reasons they do not know. Soon we learn that indeed Aliensare landing off the shore of LA and killing everyone on the beach. Theplatoon we are following is sent on a mission to get some survivorsfrom a gas station several miles from the coast. Generic movie ensues.

    The film is shot like Bourne with epilepsy. I'm 21 years old and nottoo old to follow the action on screen, its just really, really,annoying when 80% of the shots are extremely herky jerky close-ups.There is not a single steady shot in the entire film. Not one. Theintensity of the effect wears off right after the first alien iskilled. After that the movie spiralled downhill deep, deep into therealm of the cliché. I'm going to name a few character's roles that arein this film, see if you can recognize them from other films you'veseen. Experienced, hardened leader who gets a new platoon. Youngofficer straight out of officer's school who can't handle the action.Bad ass chick who can shoot. Soft and sweet nurse who gets picked upalong the way. An Asian guy, a black guy, a white dude from the south,and a rookie make up the main part of the platoon. There is a scenewhere tension is high and its just a damn dog making noise. Start tosee where this is going? This movie had some good things going for it.Its use of silence was well done. The blasting boom of the gunshotswere startlingly realistic. The alien spacecrafts are awesome. Thealiens themselves are pretty cool. Its just that the screenplay isterrible. SOOOOOO cliché in every way. This is your standard war moviejust with Aliens. The ending is just as cliché as the rest of the film.Don't fool yourself into thinking it will actually be difficult to beatthe aliens. 0 thought involved.

    Hopefully Mr. Liebesman has better luck with the final product of Clash2 than he did with this. Everyone I saw the movie with thought it waspretty bad. Movies like this that I totally enjoyed: District 9,Cloverfield, Avatar (somewhat), City of God (cinematography) andBlackhawk Down. All much, much better than this.

    District 9 and the Bourne Identity had a really stupid baby.

  2. johnhehir72 from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    Poor character development and a worn out storyline make this a veryforgettable film. I really didn't care who or when the next death wouldbe. I probably wouldn't mind as much if at least one of the charactershad been an annoying ass but it seems everyone was a hero, which endsup making nobody the hero.

    I had no sense of dread from the alien invaders. In fact, if they hadchanged the aliens to an invading human army I think the film wouldhave worked better. For all the special effects, the aliens might havewell been cardboard cut-outs. It wouldn't have made them lessinteresting.

    I came away from the cinema feeling like i had just watched a ratherlong advert for the marine enlistment division.

  3. chas819 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    This movie made Skyline look good! Maybe I missed a key part while Iwas completely baffled that this is the movie they decided to make whenthey had millions of dollars to spend. Why? Completely predictable, acast of characters nobody cares about, and we're required to suspendbelief time after time just to move the story along.

    Aliens arrive and invade, but it's OK, they don't have air support. Howdid they get here then? They have very advanced weapons, but apparentlyhave spent no time learning to aim. It takes lots and lots of bulletsto kill the aliens at first, but after a while just one will make themexplode. And any time our marines make a significant kill, all actionstops so they can Hoo Raa each other and dance a bit. Nevermind thefirefight, the aliens will wait.

    Add in shaky camera work and this mess was virtually unwatchable. MaybeI still have a well developed attention span, so I need more than 10minutes of action, some filler, 15 minutes of action, more filler,action, filler, lather rinse repeat end.

    It's movies like this where I think we should be able to ask forrefunds! Maybe punitive damages!

  4. sstallion from Darlington, England
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    I went into this movie with low expectations after the relativedisappointment which was skyline, a film that promised so much from thetrailer and delivered far less.

    However, im glad to say any misgivings I had were quickly expelled. Nowdon't get me wrong, this isn't the greatest film ever made, and in manyways it fails to hold a candle to the likes of independence day, whichin my opinion is one of the greatest films of its type ever made. Itdoes however, bring a much more up close and personal aspect to analien invasion. Its more like watching a war filmed in Iraq orsomething, but that in itself is what separates it from a muddle ofrecent alien invasion movies that fails to ignite any kind of fire inthe mind.

    The film moves at an unrelenting pace, with good action sequences andcgi to boot, its predictable at times and the ending fails to come upwith something clever or original, but hey … you cant have everything!!!

  5. csteele1 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    I saw the movie trailer so I really didn't expect anything more than anentertaining B rated science fiction flick. No need for spoilers (againI saw the trailer). It was a pleasant surprise.

    I actually saw a VERY entertaining kick @$$ A-/B+ rated science fictionmovie. The plot was in the realm of possibility, given thecircumstance. The characters seemed plausible, given the range of theactors. The action kept me on the edge of my seat. All good signs.

    Personally, we need more science fiction movies. If you agree, and youdon't require perfection in EVERY film viewing experience — go seethis movie.

    Take it at face value and enjoy it.

    I did.

  6. John Harrison from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    I saw this film the other day, and I actually really liked it. It wasexactly what I expected (maybe a little better). If you want to watch areally well thought out film with lots of character development andinteresting subplots this is not the film for you. If you want to watcha bunch of U.S. Marines beat the tar out of invading spacefreaks, thenthis is the film for you. From when we first encounter the aliens tosometime in the middle, the movie is a nonstop thrill ride. Stuffexplodes, aliens get splattered, humans get burned by lasers. In caseyou didn't already suspect, this film is very violent. Although thereisn't a lot of blood, there are certainly a lot of deaths. The actionis unpredictable and zany. One minute everyone will be walkingsomewhere between point A and B, the next, they're crouching behindburned out cars and houses as aliens pour ungodly hellfire onto themfrom above. The special effects were also quite good, with theexception of a couple bad animations here and there. That being said,the movie suffers when it slows down. The dialogue is poorly written,and delivered decently, but not well. Aaron Eckhart however did awonderful job as a stony faced marine staff sergeant who keeps a coolhead when under fire. Most of the storyline is pretty standard warmovie/alien invasion stuff. You know, when after a bunch of fightingeveryone gets discouraged and then the leader gives a big motivationalspeech and the inspirational music plays and everyone feels heroic.

    So don't expect a masterpiece of modern cinema, expect alien guts andlots of shooting and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

  7. from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    If you are really looking to waste two hours of your precious life,then feel free to give this piece of crap a try. It's awful… justawful. The production company is called "Original Films", which isironic because there is absolutely nothing original about this movie inany way. It is cliché after cliché. From a marine who wants to retirebeing called in to a "one last job" scenario, to a kid loosing hisfather and begging "please wake up" over heavy synthetic violins. It'sawful… just awful.

    There is no objective, no plot, no story, nothing but flying bulletsand low-fi "dancing" CG aliens. With the high budget of this movieyou'd think that they could at least afford good looking CG. Theanimation and special effects in Terminator 2 were far superior… andthat was made in 1991… 20 years ago!!

    There's a simple game you can play with this movie. Whoever fallsasleep first, wins. Yes, it's that boring.

    But what is really depressing about this is the fact that Aaron Eckhartis a fantastic actor. It is a real mystery why he chose to be a part ofthis misguided production. He wasn't bad in this movie, either, butgiven the fact that there was no story, no character development, andsoul-killingly lackluster dialogue, even his finely tuned chops weren'tenough to make this movie entertaining.

  8. Biggest_Loser from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) is an ageing soldier whois set for retirement. In his previous tour of Iraq he was one of theonly survivors in his unit and speculation surrounds what happened tohis men. When an alien invasion strikes the Earth however, he isbrought back into the action to help lead a group of young andinexperienced soldiers. One of them is set to be married and another isexpecting the birth of his child. As the rest of the Earth seems to bedefeated, Los Angeles remains as one of the last posts. With the helpof some civilians including a father and son, a veterinarian (BridgetMoynahan) and also TSgt. Elena Santos (Michelle Rodriguez), the unitworks to clear out the city, moving towards an extraction point, beforethe area can be bombed out.

    Calling Battle: Los Angeles the equivalent of a video game would begiving it too much credit. Jonathan Liebesman's irredeemable sci-fiaction film is the antithesis of 2010's Monsters. This is anunoriginal, primitive and mindless recruitment video for the Call ofDuty and MTV Generation. The soldiers here, armed with high poweredassault weapons, don't so much act as scream grunt speak and backslapeach other in a bid to look and sound cool. Take note of pop singerNe-Yo's casting and Michelle Rodriguez as a hardened fighter. Bigstretch. But video game enthusiasts would be better served sticking tothe virtual battlefield because the shabbiness of this picture is oneof its few surprises. Shaky cam makes an unwelcome return here, withframing so ridiculously tight in the opening stages that the cameraseems to be attached to the actors' heads. Later battles are dismallyover edited with rapid fire cutting that the film is indecipherableabout who is being blown up. Forget about characters or developmentbecause by the first gunfight the scriptwriter already has too. Thereis no urgency or tension as we have no one to barrack for. As a vieweryou're expected to catch flies as you admire explosion, afterexplosion, after explosion.

    The entirety of the film, save for some painfully rushed and clichédexposition, is made up of overlong battle sequences and standoffs.Moments of sacrifice and 'you go on without me' pleas, are unmoving anddo little to compensate for the lack of narrative. Restricting theperspective of the film to a single military unit also means that thereis little conception about the rest of the invasion. Only brief newsheadlines on the televisions give minimal information, like how thealiens are scavenging our water. Point being, the film seems moreinterested in being loud, rather than in the science, the aliens oreven the human reactions. The cynic in me suggests that you see verylittle of the aliens up close because of how unconvincing they are.From afar they look like they're made from scrap metal. Try not tolaugh as Nantz carves one up like a Christmas ham, looking for aweakness. What makes this more poisonous than other incompetent actionfilms is the increasing transparency of the film's pro-military agenda.Along with the compassionless violence, the message seems to be thatyou're never too young or too old for the military. Luckily, Eckharthas a face made out of granite because it must be the only way he cankeep it straight when spouting embarrassing propaganda like 'marinesdon't quit' and telling a little boy, 'I need you to be my littlemarine'. I found that and Battle: Los Angeles success at the US boxoffice (it debuted at number one) to be scarier than any alien threat.Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  9. rparham from Gainesville, Florida
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    The alien invasion film is certainly nothing original. Recently, andupcoming, I can think of no less than 4 film and TV versions of thisbasic tale. Battle: Los Angeles doesn't bring anything new, plot wise,to this scenario. In fact, it operates on the thinnest of plot and somevery underdeveloped characters. The only somewhat unique aspect, atleast for an alien invasion story, is its gritty "you are there"aspect, filmed in a hand-held, jerky, thick of the action style. Thisisn't revolutionary either, but Battle: Los Angeles does manage tosqueeze some momentum out of its running length.

    As mentioned above, Battle: Los Angeles' plot can be summed up rathersuccinctly: Aliens land on Earth throughout the globe, including nearLos Angeles. This alien force, operating with ground forces, begins tooverrun the various cities they arrive at, and LA is no different. Asquad of marines, led by Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhardt) isdispatched to attempt to retrieve possible civilian presence from aSanta Monica police station behind the front lines of the fighting.They encounter heavy resistance, and must find a way back to theirforward operating base while keeping the civilians under theirprotection, and themselves, alive.

    Battle: Los Angeles is obviously influenced, visually, by movies suchas Black Hawk Down and Saving Private Ryan in the staging of itsaction. Much of the film is photographed with hand-held camera moves,the focus constantly whipping around, disorienting both the charactersand the audience. While the technique is hardly unique, it does work toa degree in Battle: Los Angeles, bringing a different approach to afamiliar plot. This isn't about scientists trying to figure out whatthe aliens want, or politicians wringing their hands about the "bigdecisions" in the midst of an alien onslaught. Battle: Los Angeleskeeps its focus exclusively on the soldiers in the thick of battle,presenting the action in a no-holds barred manner. It is refreshing, atleast from that perspective, to see a harder-edged, more realistic takeon this material.

    On the other hand, Battle: Los Angeles is a bit weak on the characterfront. The most development is given to Sergeant Nantz, who had justrecently returned from a tour in Iraq where lives were lost and manyassume he was to blame. This plays into several moments in the film,influencing other characters regarding the decisions he makes duringthe events of the story. Beyond that, aside from a few obligatoryreferences to someone's relative or background, none of the othercharacters see much development. Physically, they are different enoughto stand out from one another, but they are all mostly blank slates.There isn't complete detachment from the audience, several moments havesome resonance emotionally, but not as much as if the filmmakers hadtaken some time to flesh the people out a bit more.

    Battle: Los Angeles also suffers from being a bit overlong, and it'srelentless, action oriented approach means that a lot of similar scenesplay out over and over again: Marines trapped in combat, things don'tlook good, a character makes a choice or sacrifice, they manage tosubdue their attackers, and then the film moves to the next scene inthis same format. There is also little or no development of the alienmenace. Snippets of television coverage featuring scientific expertsfills in a little of the backstory to them, but it is mostlyincidental. However, Battle: Los Angeles is not created in that style,it is about the action going on with the marines in the thick of it,and stays in that mode.

    Aaron Eckhardt proves again his ability to sell a character, and heimbues Sergeant Nantz with a vigor and a degree of weariness that youbuy into. Most of the other actors do a decent job of making us believein these people as Marines in the thick of combat. A few recognizablenames take roles, including Michele Rodriguez as an Air Force tech whojoins up with the Marines and Bridget Moynihan as a civilian they aretrying to protect, but neither has much to work with in regards totheir characters other than to look tough or scared, respectively.

    Battle: Los Angeles is certainly no masterpiece. It doesn't deviatemuch from the alien invasion template in regards to the broad strokesof its plot, and the style it was filmed in has been pioneered by otherfilms. That being said, the film is engaging enough, and applies itsstyle to a source material in a way that at least gives a differentperspective on a familiar narrative framework. That doesn't make for atremendous film, but not one that is completely in need of avoidance bythe filmgoing public.

  10. evenscoobyhadaclue from Notts, UK
    29 Mar 2012, 3:52 pm

    From watching the TV trailers for this film, I was expecting a prettyfast paced, alien invasion, action flick. If I judged films on thisalone, it would get full marks. However, I was left feeling quite leftdown by this film.

    The over-abundance in cheesy lines, frankly annoying camera work, andmassively predictable scenes could have been forgiven if this film hadbeen a "b" movie, as that's what we have grown to expect from thatgenre. Also, despite the film being quite action packed from theget-go, I found that it dragged on and on, and definitely could havebeen better if it was at least a half-hour shorter.

    To expand a little on the camera work, it is very jumpy with jerkymotion and features repetitive amounts of "fast-zoom-in-really-close"style "effect", which is OK in some situations, but it does getmassively overused in this flick. Another overused "effect" is the"looking-down-the-scope-trying-to-find- an-enemy" effect. By mid-way inthe film, I wish I had actually started counting how many times thisview was used, as I'm positive it was in double-figures. I know theseeffects can add to the feeling you're there with the heroes, but whenit's just the same effect of looking down the sight at some smoke andconcrete rubble, looking for shadows, over and over again, you tend toget put off it quite quickly.

    The SFX are "ok". There is a heck of a lot of it in the film (as you'dexpect, given the plot), and whilst some of the models are quite welldetailed and could pass as believable, some of them are franklyamateurish – especially when zoomed in on (for instance, you canclearly tell that some of the "3d" metal work is simply textures on aflat surface, which offer no depth or moving light), which ruins thescene for you, as you can't help but notice it's a model, rather thansome alien hardware.

    Talking about the script now, I cannot convey to you just how muchcheese is spouted by the actors in the film. I swear you can even seethe anguish on Aaron Eckhart's face as he reels out yet another corny,predictable, and frankly unrealistic one-liner. It honestly gets to thepoint, where you're laughing at just how bad it gets at some points. Itis extremely "B" movieish, which would be fine IN a "B" movie. However,this film is touting itself as a mainstream, high budget, seriousaction flick, where this sort of poor script writing shouldn't befound. In films like Independence Day, where they inject humour, light-heartedness and a "don't take it seriously" ambiance throughout, thisscript may well have worked – even been quite funny. But sadly, this isputting itself in with films like District 9 (Alien angle)and BlackHawk Down (Close combat / Brotherhood of men angle) and it really isn'tin the same league as either.

    Which just leaves the plot, which sadly is overly predictable anddoesn't offer much in respect to tension, suspense or twists, butinstead gives predictability, repetitiveness and sadly nothing new.Whilst it is constantly moving forward, and rarely breaks from theaction, you can't help but feel that the film starts to drag.

    To summarize, if it was a "B" movie, it would have been a pretty darngood one. However, since it's touting itself as a Action Thriller, I'mafraid it doesn't rate highly once you compare it to other offerings inthe same genre – even if you go back ten years!

    For those of you that do want to see it, I strongly recommend waitingfor the DVD release to come out, then be discounted, before buying.

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