Battle Los Angeles
Release year: 2011
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Screenwriter: Christopher Bertolini
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Peña, Will Rothhaar, Ne-Yo, Adetokumboh M’Cormack
When Los Angeles and other cities are being bombarded by meteors a squadron of U.S. Marines are sent in to what turns out to be a battle against alien invasion.
One of the most noticable things about Liebesman’s (Wrath of the Titans, 2012) sci-fi action is its documentary filming style that gives a touch of realism to a fantastic story. The noisy and violent action sequences gives a sense of being right in the middle of the war and though it might annoy some, it does make it stand out from most of its genre. Eckhart (Olympus Has Fallen, 2013) stands in the middle as the calm center, both of the platoon as well as the movie. With his chiseled good looks and sense of integrity he is a perfect cast as the natural leader, willing both the men and us to give in to his natural leadership. Working like a straight forward war movie, only with aliens, Battle Los Angeles keeps you gripped as the team struggle to get survivors out of the war zone and gives a frightening perspective of what could really happen if an alien invasion took place.
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.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures