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Actors: Rihanna, Liam Neeson / Director: Peter Berg / Studio: Universal Pictures UK / Release Date: 10 Sep 2012

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      05.03.2014 19:48
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      Not for me!

      I became interested in this movie after hearing that Rihanna, who I am quite a fan of, was starring in this movie. Battleship is an Action-Adventure movie which was released in the United Kingdom in 2012 and was directed by Peter Berg. As well as Rihanna, the movie stars Liam Neeson and Brooklyn Decker. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.00.

      ~ * The Plot * ~

      The movie is basically about a battle in which the planet is in need of saving from a super force? Will they be able to save the world? Watch Battleship to find out.

      To be honest, I wouldn't have been interested in such a film as I don't really like 'far fetched' movies and so the only reason I wanted to see this film was because Rihanna was in it and I wanted to see what kind of an actress she would be. I have to say the movie is very poor really; the plot is too far-fetched to find believable - I know a lot of films are far fetched, yet they make them seem believable, but there just wasn't anything believable about it.

      The acting wasn't that great either, although I guess that the fact that the script was really bad didn't help things - the lines were just so predictable and you just knew what was going to come next, which made things a bit boring as there were no suprises. Rihanna, as an actress was definitely too try hard and I just couldn't take her seriously.

      I guess the only good thing about this movie were the special effects; they were quite impressive to be honest and made the movie seem exciting (the only actual exciting thing about the movie). I liked that fact that the movie was filmed in a way that you felt as though you were actually there.

      All in all, I would not recommend this movie! I found it to be very boring!! This movie could have been sooooo much better, but I think that plot was very weak and the script wasn't that great. To be honest, I think they relied on Rihanna to 'make this film', and it just didn't work. Sorry, but it's a no from me!

      Thanks for reading!
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      20.03.2013 01:17
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      Entertaining alien invasion film based very loosely on the board game 'Battleships'

      Battleship is an enjoyable film that does nothing spectacular yet entertains from start to finish. Based loosely on the board game of the same name, it features a young gung ho naval officer (Taylor Kitsch) who finds himself as Earth's last hope against a sea based alien invasion.

      Is that all you need to know about the plot? Pretty much. There really is nothing complicated about the film in the slightest. Kitsch plays Lieutenant Alex Hopper, in love with his superior's daughter and playing second fiddle to his hero brother in all forms of his career. It therefore stands to reason that when the aliens attack it's this loose cannon who has to lead the navy's available forces to defend the world.

      The way this all comes about is done in typical Hollywood fashion. There is a smidgeon of believability about some of the events, but the truth is that this is about as far fetched as they come. Directed by Peter Berg, it would be a fitting addition to the back catalogue of Michael Bay, such are the explosions, superlatives and general fun on show here. There are plenty of chest pumping moments, heroic acts, and equal amounts of stupidity and cheesy humour. It doesn't try to be anything it isn't , and as a result it ends up being an enjoyable film.

      The special effects are very good, particularly those involving the aquatic battle scenes. Add the aliens into the mix (sort of robots really) and you have more elements of the film that have been played safe but done well. Kitsch has a little niche here that suits him almost as much as his role in Friday Night Lights and is a far cry from the disaster that is John Carter. The cast is full of recognisables, with Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Sarsgaard playing some keen roles, and Kitsch's FNL co-star Jesse Plemons gives a strong performance, as we've come to expect from him and his southern drawl.

      But it's not the cast that impresses. Perhaps it's a certain sense of military pride, but the way in which the naval vessels are commanded, be it accurate or not, is supremely done, none moreso than the largest of all ships in the board game and the title of the film, the battleship. I thought the way in which it all came together was very predictable, but also showed a certain amount of respect for the way in which things used to be done, balancing old and new technology and exploring ways in which to find the chink in an enemy's armour, so to speak. Watching one of these ships in action must have been a sight indeed, and while the film doesn't look at this as it's focal point, it certainly allows a respectable time to it during battle.

      Cinematic brilliance it is not, but if you're after a decent action film and you're a fan of Michael Bay style films, then this is the sort of thing for you. It doesn't have the sheer fan base fun that Avengers does, nor does it have the cult feel good factor of Transformers, but if you were obsessed with the board game as a kid then you may be able to come close to feeling this sort of thing for this film. It's action for the most part, and low attention needing action is sometimes just what you need. It may be nothing special but it's certainly worth a watch. Recommended.

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        30.09.2012 19:34
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        Battleship is the US at its best - cheesy and entertaining

        My review of "Battleship" is slightly different to the norm as it was a film I originally watched onboard a Virgin Atlantic 747 nicknamed Hot Lips flying at 40000ft and at 620mph on our way back from a 2 week vacation at Disney World in Florida. Furthermore, the film although only 2 hours 12 minutes long took me a minimum of 4 hours to watch partly because of snacks and more importantly because of the passengers in front of us that kept trying to drop their seats down and I would have to pause the film to push their seats back up - until we had a bit of a coming together suggesting it may be allowed but it just isn't done (unless the passenger behind is okay with it).

        I had seen a trailer for the film at my local Vue cinema quite a while ago and I have to admit I wasn't convinced then that it was a film that I wanted to watch although I quite probably would have bought it a while after it had been released on dvd when the price had dropped. It is currently on sale on dvd at all major supermarkets, HMV and online through Amazon for around £12-£15 and also available on bluray for and extra £3-£5 dependant on where you buy it. Battleship was available as part of our inflight entertainment on both journeys and on the way out was on a loop that meant when I turned the film on it was already part way through and could not be restarted. However, our flight home had virgin Atlantic's new VERA system with touchscreen tvs that allowed us to fast forward and rewind which came in very useful in watching this film.

        My first impression of this film (from what I saw when I switched to it on the way out) was that it was quite dull and predictable. However, after watching it from the beginning I have to admit that I quite liked Battleship although the film to me seemed to be a mix of at least 2 other films - Independence Day and Top Gun. How? Well, in Top Gun it is pretty much about a "Maverick" naval fighter pilot (Tom Cruise) who saves the world from armageddon (or at least his aircraft carrier from being destroyed), meets the ideal woman, has a breakdown after the death of his best friend and after becoming the hero returns to his ideal partner. In Independence Day it's the heroes David Levinson and Steven Hiller (Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith) saving earth from an alien invasion. To me Battleship pulls together these plots with a slightly different slant - still a maverick main character and still saving the world from destruction by an alien threat. And.... Still good enough for me to buy the dvd!

        The Plot:
        NASA discovers a planet similar to Earth that they suspect to be capable of sustaining life and transmits a signal with the intention of communicating with new life forms from its site on Hawaii. At the same point Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) tries to impress a girl he has only just met by promising to bring her back her favourite food from a fast food shop only to find it closing as he arrives and despite his attempts they refuse to serve him. Once the shop is empty Alex breaks in, heats up the snack and leaves payment on the counter but sets off the intruder alarms and is caught on cctv. As he returns he is chased by the police and is stunned twice by them as he attempts to hand the snack over. What he doesn't know however that the girl is in fact Samantha Shane who is the daughter of his brother's commanding officer, Admiral Terrance Shane (Liam Neeson) United States Fleet Commander.

        Fearing repercussions Commander Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) dissuades his brother from any further involvement with Samantha. Alex later decides to marry Samantha and out of tradition plans on asking Admiral Shane for his permission. Stone and Samantha manage to persuade Admiral Shane to see Alex (who by now is a Lieutenant in the US Navy) for him to ask the question but Alex is considered a loose cannon by the admiral and his meeting does not go to plan and never actually has the opportunity. Furthermore, the navy is planning to discharge him on disciplinary grounds.

        On the anniversary of Pearl Harbor a naval exercise (RIMPAC) is organised off the coast of Hawaii with navies from across the world and leading up to this a football match takes place between the US and Japan during which Alex and Captain Nagata are at loggerheads and Nagata deliberately kicks him in the face giving away a penalty that could see the US level the match. Alex takes the penalty himself and misses losing the US the match giving the nave further ammunition for his dismissal.

        However, as the exercise starts an alien communications ship crash lands in Hong Kong and is followed by four alien ships landing in the sea and their mothership erects a tower which creates a force field around the Hawaiian islands. Three destroyers are caught inside the force field - The USS Sampson commanded by Stone, the Myoko commanded by Nagata and the USS John Paul Jones on which Alex serves as a tactical officer. Alex attempts to make contact and is forced back. Shots are fired and alien technology proves to be far superior to their own when bombs stick to the ships and wheel like bombs cut through the ships and change direction before exploding. Stone is killed and his ship is completely destroyed and Nagata is one of few survivors from the Myoko.

        At the same time Samantha a physiotherapist on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu is accompanying a retired army veteran, Mick Canales trying to learn to use prosthetic legs and are met by Carl Zapata, a fleeing scientist that has fled the nearby communications array. Zapata informs them that NASA's attempts at making contact have been turned against them and is will be used to make contact with the alien homeworld to launch an invasion against planet Earth if they can use NASA's satellite when the array lines up with it. Zapata is persuaded to retrieve a radio so that Samantha can make contact with the USS John Paul Jones.

        Nagata persuades Alex to use tsunami warning buoys in an attempt to track the alien vessels and in a dramatic night battle they destroy two alien ships. They later learn that the aliens are sensitive to sunlight and they use this to lure a third alien ship towards shore where both ships are destroyed. Alex is determined to destroy the mothership and the communications array which is being occupied by the aliens. His only hope is the USS Missouri a battleship from World War II that was berthed at Pearl Harbor since being decommissioned and was now a floating museum crewed by a handful of US war veterans.

        The crew agree to help Alex and they head out for sea to fire at the communications array. The Missouri manages to destroy the force field maintained by the mothership and is severely damaged by the aliens. However, with its final shell the Missouri hits and destroys the communications array and the aliens manning it. With the force field down and the Missouri defenceless Admiral Shane is able to launch an all out attack on the mothership.

        With the alien threat removed Admiral Shane holds an awards ceremony with Alex, Nagata, Canales and veterans all receiving medals and awards. Alex in addition is promoted and given command of his own ship and Admiral Shane agrees to him marrying Samantha after Alex's exploits and Samantha has told her father the full story of how he had tried to get her the snack.

        I enjoyed this film because this is the type of film I just like to watch (as is Independence Day and Top Gun). The dvd is now part of my collection. However, like many others I have not watched it as yet. The dvd itself has no additional features but can be watched in many languages. The bluray however comes with an electronic version and can be downloaded from the clouds.

        There are however lots of anomalies / impracticalities throughout the film that you just have to accept to make sense of it. These include how they managed to start the battleship so quickly and why it had live ammunition onboard. I would certainly recommend this as an addition to your dvd collection. Certainly the phrase cheesy does come to mind but I find these type of films exciting - you either love it or hate it and it has lots of special effects.

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          29.09.2012 08:44

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          Worth a watch and possibly two

          Good old fashioned basic story line of Aliens coming to earth and as with all my reviews I am trying to tell you how good it is without telling you the plot. Alien spacecraft verses the American military and heading that up is Liam Neeson as the Admiral of a combined practice fleet on exercise.

          There is always a girl for th hero and no diference in this movie, plot is about killing all the aliens as they attempt ot sewt up a transmitter for their race to invade. However their technology far surpasses the earth's - as it usually does - and the Hero has to find a way of getting through their defences - it comes in the unlikely shape of a second world war batleship )hence the name of the film)

          Stunning special effects and please dont watch it if you are prone to saying "that could never happen" I believe thats the point of these films - to make the impossible -possible.

          Considering all the action takes place in a small location = mainly at sea, i consider this film to be extremley watchable and well worth a second watch just to capture all the detail. The plot isnot unlike any other - save the world plot. Dont look here for lists of actors it just wastes space

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          30.06.2012 05:14
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          Aside from a few detours and hiccups, "Battleship" stays loyal to its audience

          Now why can't scientists, astronauts and other intellectually curious people just mind their own business? The only reason why aliens from outer space decide to attack Earth in "Battleship" is because a group of smart people decided it would be a great idea to try and contact other life-forms from distant planets. As if Earth doesn't have enough problems on its own already, they want to invite more strangeness and unknown entities to their home. Firing some colourful and powerful signals from satellite dishes in Hawaii to the newly discovered Planet G, it's only a matter of time until some irritated alien vessels (5 of them, to be more exact) land and wreak havoc on mankind.

          Thankfully for the human race, there happens to be a (don't laugh) RIMPAC training session taking place, in which naval forces from all around the world participate in a series of military exercises. I say "world" but the ones who actually end up fighting are Americans (duh...) and the Japanese. When the alien ships first land, the humans are quite rightfully confused as to just what they are dealing with. But when a mysterious force-field interferes with all sorts of radio signals and traps only three of the human ships in the enclosed area, the technologically advanced alien ships seem more menacing than ever. It's three of them against the three of humans.

          Leading the sailors into battle is Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), introduced to the audience as a talented, brave officer but an equally aimless and hot-tempered one. His unacceptable behaviour in the past has landed him in trouble, and unexpectedly assuming the role as the leader is a shock even to him. The human vessels are heavily out-gunned, and charging straight into the enemy turns out to be a bad idea, resulting in heavy losses: time to incorporate some clever tactics to their fight. With the help from a Japanese captain (Tadanobu Asano), the humans try to predict their enemy's next position on their naval grid; basically a concept very similar to playing the board-game of the same name on which this film is based.

          It does take a while for the aliens to land on Earth - which partly explains the dull, entirely human aspect of the script. There is some painfully awful dialogue, corny romance and despite its attempt at humour, even more awkward dialogue. Alex has an older brother Stone (Alexander Skarsgård), who can't stand his younger sibling's lack of discipline and motivation in life. Alex's girlfriend Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), who he manages to seduce with a reasonably comic incident involving breaking and entering, stealing, and a chicken burrito, is also his commanding Admiral's (Liam Neeson) daughter. He's been trying for days to finally work up the courage to ask him permission for his daughter's hand in marriage. Being the goofball screw-up that he is, he realises that this will be no easy job. Easy characters, simple, predictable development, and yet Peter Berg (director) still takes a while to move past this long, plodding sequence of human relationships.

          Much more impressive and satisfying are the battle scenes that of course have the impressive special effects as well as some intriguing underlying tactical methods to go with the vast action. The many missiles, bombs, bullets and ships are all beautifully designed with much flash and every single blast and explosion occurs with such thunderous sound that although the actual space in which the good are fighting the bad is rather restricted, we feel the full force of its power and heated excitement. And what a pleasant surprise it is to find that we can all follow the carefully mapped out, bombastic action scenes. So already on that front, "Battleship" sails miles ahead in terms of quality compared to any of the "Transformers" sequels. It's a good thing the script doesn't bother with much dialogue here; wisely holding back on something that they know cannot win anyone over with.

          Kitsch, in his second big, expensive, special-effects-loaded epic of 2012, after "John Carter," never quite stands out as the hero type of guy, especially as we see him as a meandering drunk with messy hair, but even as he cleans up his act (which consists of him getting a haircut), he loses even more originality in his character. There is very little actually memorable in anything he does as a leader, and he makes a rather insignificant one. The rest of the cast, aside from a couple of sidekicks who are there for lightening up the mood, is given even less to play with. Rihanna, who everyone expected to crash and burn in her motion picture debut, is neither good nor bad, because she doesn't have a lot to do except handle some big guns and shoot at the aliens. Neeson is also thoroughly wasted here, being out of the action for most parts and appearing out nowhere in the beginning and the end.

          But if you're going into "Battleship" hoping for something sophisticated you have the wrong mind-set. It's about being shamelessly entertaining, and unapologetically patriotic. Good, as in Earth, as in America, will always prevail and this has been the way for years. With morale-boosting soundtrack placed at the most crucial moments, Berg also brings out some unexpected individuals to fight this battle, including retired navy officers and a disabled marine. The entry sequence of the retired soldiers in particular is unbelievably cringing, drawn out to stir up national pride and feel-good factor, but to a certain extent, this works. And as the oldies start dusting off their skills and get stuck in to fight, there is that overwhelming sense of optimism and bravery which when combined, can be one heck of a mixture. I'm a sucker for emotional manipulation on a grand level - and "Battleship" really nails that spot.

          There are plot holes abound, starting from just why the aliens do what they're doing (their actions and purpose become less and less clear/important as the film goes on) but "Battleship" is not an exercise for the mind. It's a fun, dumb (yes, some scenes and characters are so mind-numbingly stupid but at least they do attract some unintentional laughter) film that aims to entertain, and despite its obvious flaws, Berg packs in enough energy and visuals to marvel at to grip us from start to finish.

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            I saw the trailer for the film and dismissed it almost immediately as something I wouldn't see. To be honest thinking back there was only really one reason for this - Rihanna. Other than that it looked like my kind of film and something I would enjoy, but the fact that Rihanna stars in it put me off and made me think it would be a load of rubbish and that it would all centre around her. However after it had been out a few weeks we headed to the cinema and found this was the only thing on at a decent time so decided to give it a try.

            It was released on 11 April in the UK and as far as I'm aware has now stopped showing at the cinema. It was directed by Peter Berg.

            **Plot**

            The film opens showing NASA researchers sending a signal out to a planet they have discovered which they believe is very similar to earth, therefore could be home to extraterrestrials. We are then introduced to main character Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) who, it soon become apparent, is intelligent but chooses to live a pointless life drinking and getting in trouble with the police. His older brother Commander Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) is the complete opposite and is successful and in control.

            We see him meet and try to impress a woman in a bar who is called Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker) who happens to be the daughter of Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) who commands the US Pacific Fleet and is the boss of Alexs brother.

            The film then jumps forward 7 years and we see that Alex Hopper has finally cleaned up his act and is now a lietenant and is in a long-term relationship with Samantha. Both brothers go out on their separate ships on a naval exercise with several other ships, but are soon interrupted by the landing of alien ship which has arrived along with 5 other ships in response to the signal sent by NASA 7 years ago.

            One of the 5 ships crashes in Hong Kong, while the other 3 land near Hawaii, and this the 5th ship lands in the sea near the US ships. The crew of the ships soon realise that there is an invisible force field around the Hawaiian Islands they are sailing around, trapping them in a war zone. The majority of the ships in the fleet are destroyed by the aliens and the commanding officers of John Paul Jones (the boat that Alex Hopper is on) and he is the most senior officer left on board so becomes commander.

            We then follow the battle between the aliens and the battleships, with the humans fighting to save our planet which the aliens are trying to take over.

            **My Opinion**

            I was aware whilst writing the plot summary that this film probably sounds pretty pathetic, but when you're watching it, it isn't actually that bad. It moves at a fast pace and doesn't dwell on anything for too long which worked well as the idea of the film is that it is a frantic panic to save humanity on our planet and the men have little time to think.

            I suppose the film is quite stereotypical of this genre and is quite predictable throughout, yet I found it to be one of those feel-good films where everything all to be lost but they keep fighting anyway. And I almost didn't care how predictable it was. At the same time though, it was quite different to anything I've seen before. Yes, I've seen films where the aliens land and threaten to take over the world, but the fact that the battles took place on water and were limited to one area and one group of people made this a bit different.

            The film was entertaining and kept me interested throughout. I think it was helped along slightly by the sub-stories involving Samantha (Alex's girlfriend) who happens to be on the Hawaiian island where the NASA communication devices are based and where 3 of the alien ships have landed. She is with an ex-soldier who has had both legs amputated after an explosion, and they both try to stop the aliens from communicating with their planet via the NASA base. The sub-story helped the film along by taking us away from the battle scenes at sea, which alone would have probably become a bit boring due to the constant same setting.

            Despite all this I couldn't help leaving the cinema rolling my eyes thinking this was a typical American movie and found that it was generally quite cheesy. The romance element is played on several times in form of the relationship between Alex and Samantha. I don't think a romance was entirely necessary in the film, but got the feeling the film makers thought that it 'had' to contain a romance or it wouldn't be a success.

            **Acting**

            I was a bit indifferent about the acting in this film, yes it is a dramatic film, but I found the acting cheesy and overly dramatic. I didn't feel any of the main characters were convincing and none of them did anything that I hadn't seen before, instead they seemed to follow the typical performances that we have all seen in films like this before. I hadn't seen many of the actors in this film in anything before so didn't have any opinion on them before I went in, but found the performances unmemorable.

            Liam Neeson stars in the film as Admiral Shane (Samanthas father) but isn't a main character as he doesn't sail with the ships therefore finds himself outside the force-field. His performance was up to his usual high standards but he wasn't in the film enough to make up for the overall poor acting by the rest of the cast.

            And finally Rihanna, who was the reason I nearly didn't see this film, and she wasn't actually that bad! I was worried she would be a main character and therefore be out of her depth abd deliver an over the top, embarrassing performance. But she actually played a relatively minor character that wasn't too challenging, but did feature enough in the film to be noticed, and her acting, although not groundbreaking, was fine and she came across as calm and believable.

            **Film Production**

            It would appear that this was where the majority of the films budget went. The effects used in the film, particularly when showing the advanced alien ships and weapons, was amazing. I was so impressed with the effects and felt they saved the film in some respects. I think without this level of special effects the film would have ended up looking low budget. Of course, no amount of effects can make up for poor acting in a film, but they certainly made it more watchable and gave me something to remember the film for.

            **Overall Opinion**

            There are extreme positives and negatives to this film which make it hard to give it a rating. The acting is hopeless and the overall concept behind the film and plot is predictable and unoriginal. However it does do things a little bit different and gives some new offerings to the genre. The effects are amazing and some of the best I have seen in any film.

            To sum it up I would say that if you enjoy a good battle scene involving advanced weaponry from another planet and appreciate special effects, but are prepared for a feel-good film that is slightly predictable and can put up with poor acting, give this a go. I wouldn't recommend it to many people but would say its worth a go if you're bored and in the mood for this kind of thing. Oh, and don't let Rihanna put you off watching it as she's not that bad!!

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