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Battle Los Angeles

on 9/5/2011

A Marine staff sear gent (Aaron Eckhart) leads his platoon in a last standoff against extraterrestrials that have invaded earth. News reports come in showing numerous cities on every continent being destroyed. On the west coast of North America, Los Angeles is the target. Eckhart does a good job. But at first I was surprised to see him in this role. I was not convinced at first. But by the end, he has developed the character rather well. You will probably recognize some other actors from movies of similar settings and storylines. There is action and pyrotechnics throughout this movie. And it would almost have been a “B” movie, except that there are some genuine human relationship themes interwoven into the plot. There are acts of bravery and heroism. There are children to be saved. The marines give their all to defeat the alien enemy, no matter how much destruction the enemy has already done. Everyone fights to the end. And there is the implication that all humanity could be united, and would be, against an alien foe. So why can’t humanity be united now? There are some worthy questions and issues dealt with in this movie. It may surprise you and be better than you imagine.

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A marine staff sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of los angeles from alien invaders.

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Studio Sony
SKU 221258928
UPC 043396376915
UPC 14 00043396376915
Format DVD
Release Date 2/19/2013
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Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
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ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Battle: Los Angeles" takes a big "what would happen if" premise - in this case, a massive alien invasion - and then fulfills that premise by taking it seriously. Not self-seriously. The movie is lots of fun, but it stays true to the terms it establishes, telling the story through the eyes of one Marine platoon assigned to rescue civilians in Santa Monica...In this way, we see the aliens only as the guys see them - first, in just brief glimpses, then later, in intimate and grotesque detail. We get acclimated to battle. And the whole time we feel the anxiety of knowing we're only getting a piece of the story, that other battles are waging, on the East Coast, in Paris, in London, in Japan, and that victory seems almost inconceivable..."Battle: Los Angeles" is not in the big-picture, crowd-pleasing tradition of "Independence Day." Think of it as "The Hurt Locker" of alien invasion movies...Essential to the movie's success is Aaron Eckhart, who plays a Marine staff sergeant as though he were in a World War II movie: no camping it up, no comedy, no winking at the audience, no smiling. He's just a tough guy, with lots of emotional scars, who is very good at his job. Eckhart's commitment to the movie's reality, which is as fierce as the sergeant's commitment to his men, takes what otherwise might merely have been outlandish and makes it believable, and frightening...Christopher Bertolini's screenplay isn't big on witty repartee, but he takes time to introduce each character, and throughout Bertolini and director Jonathan Liebesman find ways to define every phase of the catastrophe in human terms. No shortcuts were taken in the crafting of the story...The battle in "Battle: Los Angeles" is grab-the-armrest tense until the last seconds.
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Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
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DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Widescreen, English, French
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Armond White, New York Press ...a consistent depiction of military performance, duty and sacrifice that is so unexpected that the film's genre transforms from fantasy to war movie.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe This is what a grunt's-eye-view of alien invasion looks like.

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