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Monday, May 21, 2012

Battleship -- Movie Review by Shelby Patrick

Peter Berg directs this epic action sci fi movie in an all-out battle for earth across land, sea, and air. Stars include Taylor Kitsch (Lt. Alex Hopper), Alexander Skarsgard (Commander Stone Hopper), Brooklyn Decker (Sam Shane), Rihanna (Petty Officer Raikes), and Liam Neeson (Admiral Shane). The movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action and destruction, and brief language.

Battleship: The Movie has been compared to the board game by Hasbro but only has a brief scene in the 2 hour and 11 minute movie that even remotely resembles the game. The story is about a group of scientists who discover a planet very similar to Earth so attempt to send communication through space via a satellite. Eventually, it is picked up by alien technology and five ships are sent to Earth in response. They are not friendly and have no intention of coming in peace. One of the alien ships lands in the sea, near a navy training exercise and this begins the battle for Earth.

The music choice was great for an action flick, using such great songs like Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier, 25 Lighters by ZZ Top, and Interstate Love Song by Stone Temple Pilots.

Most of the acting was awesome. Taylor Kitsch started off as a funny kid with no aspects for a bright future and then turned into a leader as he helped save the world. Alexander Skarsgard played the loyal older brother who tried desperately to keep his younger sibling in line and out of trouble. Rihanna wasn't too bad, although there were a few scenes in which the dialoge seemed stilted. And of course Liam Neeson was the professional international movie star and well-loved in his role as admiral and Kitsch's and Skarsgard's superior.

Be warned: The first hour of the movie dealt with the personal lives of the Hopper brothers. The real action didn't begin until halfway through when the alien vessels landed for their invasion. Afterwards, it became non-stop, edge of your seat thrills. There were both casualties and shouts of joy that will leave you feeling as if you just rode an emotional rollercoaster. But by the end, you're glad you spent a few bucks to see a good movie.

If you are into the science fiction, alien invasion, action flicks, I would suggest giving Battleship a try. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate it a 4. It's a definite must see.

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