True Blood....you get the picture. Simply put the film is one long epic firefight between us....and THEM!
Let me get into two things about this film from the get go. The first is that this movie really suffers whenever anybody is talking and not fighting. Some basic military dialogue that's part of the fighting (go over there and kill that thing!) is tolerable, but everything else....yikes. Second this is very much a video game film. The structure of the film with characters getting stronger (leveling up), getting in different vehicles, exploring new environments, facing bosses, is all straight up video game status. This video game similarity isn't a knock on the film, in fact the producers boasted of it at Comic con.
But if you're gonna make the film like a video game and boast about it, you gotta go all in! Where was the "big bad" guy that Eckhart would have to face off against in final (Mortal?) combat? Where were the weapon upgrades? The sniper spree montage? Ask my boy moto, you gotta have the sniper spree! These elements were missing and damaged the film. In general though, if you're going to see a movie called "Battle: Los Angeles" you're expecting in the words of my wise uncle Ted "marines fighting aliens with a excellent special effects!" And that's pretty much all you got.
**Stay tuned on Wednesday for a deeper analysis of the film.