Release year: 2012
Director: Peter Berg
Screenwriter: Jon Hoeber, Eric Hoeber
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Hamish Linklater, Gregory D. Gadson
Young and reckless Alex (Kitsch) joins the navy and his protective brother (Skarsgård) after one too many incidents with the law. When an alien invasion happens near their naval war ship, Alex must step up and take things seriously to protect the world from being taken over.
Loosely based on the board game by the same name, Battleship is an adrenaline-packed joyride of impressive visual effects, sea battles and noisy fun. Both Kitsch (John Carter, 2012) and Skarsgård (Straw Dogs, 2011) bring plenty of testosterone, even though singer Rhianna (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, 2017) almost tops them on that, but they also deliver more than decent acting to a famously dumb genre where explosions rates higher than conversation. Not that there aren’t plenty of action and battle scenes (after all, it is called Battleship) it just also provides small human stories intertwined in between the action-sequences which lifts the story and keeps you caring for the characters. There are some nice surprises ( the Mick Canales character and the way the way two different countries join forces being two) and there some cliches, but you would expect that in an action movie about alien invasion. The board game is merely inspiration for the movie, yet there are a scene that plays clear homage to the classic board game and adds a nostalgic feeling that are only added when the veterans enter the picture in a style that has you cheering. As it should, the movie deliver action, fun and plenty of battles.
The movie is based on the Milton Bradley game “Battleship”, which has been manufactured since 1931. Some of the artillery in the film is shaped like the pegs used in the game. The original paper and pencil version of the game predates World War I.
Picture copyrights: UIP