Battle: Los Angeles (12A)
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez
Friday 11 March 2011
Starship Troopers meets The War of the Worlds. Helicopters buzz the sky and CNN gets hysterical. Planet Earth is under attack again from gun-toting aliens, and as the world's major cities collapse, Los Angeles becomes the last frontier of human resistance (where else did you imagine it would be?).
Aaron Eckhart plays a washed-up staff sergeant hauled out of retirement to fight the good fight with a bunch of rookie marines, initially sceptical of this old war-horse who lost men in Iraq. The battle sequences borrow the visceral shock-and-awe of Saving Private Ryan, with this difference: the whole film is battle sequences. It's just running, shooting, dodging, killing, not badly done but pretty numbing over two hours. Planet-in-peril movies are usually designed to highlight the collective humanity that will see us through the dark. Not here – it's the lock'n'load, gung-ho spirit of the marines that constitutes the real subject of celebration.
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