World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles
When meteors pop out of nowhere and start falling to Earth, it quickly becomes clear that an alien invasion has started. The military do what they can, but seem utterly defenseless against the superior might of the alien invaders. In the midst of all the fighting, we follow a platoon of soldiers who are sent on a mission inside hostile territory in LA to rescue a number of civilians who are trapped at a local police station. They have three hours to complete their mission as then the army will send in airplanes to bomb the entire neighborhood…
Sound and Vision:
If we were to look for positive things with regards to Battle: Los Angeles, the image and sound are definitely to be considered. The contrast is spot-on, textures are life-like, depth and detail are great and also the black levels are what they need to be.
The soundtrack is massive and bombastic, exactly as you would expect from a sci-fi war movie. The subwoofer gets tons of action and also the surrounds hardly ever get a moment of rest. The only minor downpoint would be that at times dialogues tend to get a bit overwhelmed by all the rest, but if you want to show off your surround, Battle: Los Angeles is definitely a disc you can use.
- Behind the Battle
- Aliens in L.A.
- Preparing for Battle
- Creating L.A. in LA
- Command Control
- Directing the Battle
- Boot Camp
- The Freeway Battle
Don’t get all too enthusiastic with all the titles of extras above. Everything combines together is good for just under an hour of extras and the entertainment factor doesn’t go up too high.
Battle: Los Angeles is like a compilation of several other movies. Take District 9, War of the Worlds, Black Hawk Down, Starship Troopers, Saving Private Ryan and Independence Day. Slap them all together, and put some grease on it all to bind it and you’ve got yourself a piece of junkfood. And that’s what this one is.
The director apparently didn’t quite know whether he wanted to go for the realistic feel of shakycam footage or go for more stylized steadycam. The action is eradic and nervous, while as soon as dialogues start flowing, things calm down and the camera shows there’s a possibility for remaining steady. This results in a movie that doesn’t quite know where it wants to go and also the story has that same feeling.
The platoon definitely has issues but they only pop up when they need to, and seems immediately forgotten when they’re no longer necessary. And in the end we get the typical Hollywood ending, meaning everything ends happily and the good guys win. We’ve seen tons of this type of movies, and we’ve seen loads that are better. Even the special effects hardly manage to impress and to be honest: the recent movie “Skyline” (which also tackles an alien invasion) is more compelling than this one, despite – or maybe because – focusing less on the military and more on civilians.
Rental at best.