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The battle for Earth begins at sea in this epic action-adventure starring Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson. An international naval coalition becomes the world’s last hope for survival as they engage a hostile alien force of unimaginable strength. Ripping across sea, sky and land, Battleship is “a big bold blast” (MSN Movies), packed with spectacular visual effects and explosive action.
Following the success of Transformers and G.I. Joe, Hasbro brings another of its beloved properties to the big screen, with explosive and cheerfully improbable results. The situation: Aliens splash down outside Hawaii, surrounding the islands with an impenetrable force field and wreaking havoc on the captive population. While the world outside watches helplessly, a skeleton crew of naval officers and civilians (led by Taylor Kitsch's cocky washout and Rihanna's weapons expert) must figure out a way to save the planet while being seriously outgunned. Director Peter Berg, whose previous films The Rundown and Hancock displayed a playful tweaking of genre conventions, keeps things surprisingly high and tight here, depicting military tactics and the chain of command with an honest respect, including casting actual combat veterans in pivotal supporting roles. While such a reverent approach is certainly admirable, it coexists uneasily with the inherent goofiness of the premise, particularly during the climactic scene where the heroes sit down in front of a grid and, yes, fire a missile at B7. (Note: Nobody actually gets to say "You sunk my battleship," but Liam Neeson, in an extended cameo as an admiral, sure looks like he wants to.) However, while the narrative might be missing a few pieces, Berg's film undeniably delivers the action-movie goods, staging a number of all-out combat scenes with verve and ingenuity. (Special kudos to whoever designed the main weapon of the aliens, a razor-toothed sphere of gears that chews up the scenery with a tangible sense of delight.) Audiences looking for coherence may need to keep on looking, but Battleship definitely sports the maximum number of bangs for the summer-movie buck. Bring on Kerplunk: The Motion Picture. --Andrew Wright
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Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) is the captain of an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. His brother Alex (Taylor Kitsch) has no job and sleeps on Stone's couch. One night after Alex embarasses himself trying to impress Samantha Shane (Brooklyn Decker), Stone informs his brother that he must join the Navy to learn some discipline.
Fast-forward: Alex is now an officer aboard his own destroyer, the USS John Paul Jones. He's still in love with Samantha, but she is the daughter of Vice-Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson), and the admiral has no use for Alex. But things are about to change.
With no warning, a massive alien force of unimaginable strength has landed in the Pacific Ocean. An international coalition of ships on manuvers is the only shield. But, the alien's firepower is superior to anything the ships have. Soon, ships are left sinking. A seemingly unbreakable force field is surrounding the aliens, making destruction nearly impossible. But Alex, after witnessing the destruction of his brother's ship, must spring into action before it's too late.
Overall, I thought "Battleship" was a pretty good movie. The special effects are the highlight of this film. The battle sequences are exciting, and the sinking of the John Paul Jones is one of the most exciting and realistic in the movie. Kitsch, Decker, Skarsgard, and Neeson give good performances in their roles. Rhianna makes her movie debut as Petty Officer Cora Raikes, and she gives a strong performance.
"Battleship" packs fast-paced action with thrilling special effects. Recommended.
Rihanna is in this movie - and actually plays a character that I really liked quite a bit - though it was not what I might have expected. This won't be one of the best movies you ever watched, but it's a good one - it was enjoyed by all - our 12 year old loves it, we enjoyed it, and my adult kids enjoyed it.