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A Movie Review on Battleship (2012)

Updated on November 11, 2012
Theatrical Poster for Battleship
Theatrical Poster for Battleship | Source

Battleship is based off of the Hasbro board game of the same name. The object of the board game is to sink your opponents ships by chooseing coordinates where you will be firing your missiles at. Two, three, or four hits and you sink their Battleship. The game was hugely popular back in mid 1990's and can still be founds in stores across America. The film is loosely based on the board game, becoming more of a sci-fi action blockbuster than sticking to the formula of the game. Instead of pitting two navy's against each other, the film uses an attack from aliens as its premise.

The movie follows Alex Hopper, played by Taylor Kitsch (John Carter, Savages), and his crew on board a navy destroyer who must battle against an invading alien force. Due to our desire to contact those living beyond our solar system, we end up giving this violent species a direct path to earth. When Hopper's Destroyer, along with two other Destroyers, get trapped inside of an alien force field, they must face off against this alien threat alone.

The movie was widely panned by critics, with it currently holding a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes. While the visual effects and action scenes are praised by some, many find the movies terrible dialogue and ridiculous story hard to look past. Audience reception didn't fair very well either with the movie only bringing in $65 million total at the domestic box office, a huge disappointment for a summer blockbuster. Battleship is widely considered a massive box office flop.

I didn't find the movie to be as bad as many critics made it out to be. Although the story was slightly far-fetched, I found it to be moderately entertaining. Aliens attack, and the Navy is all that stands between them and taking over the world. I don't think the movie was meant to be thought provoking by any stretch, but to just be a turn-off-your-brain sci-fi action flick, which is succeeds at. The visual effects are great, and the action scenes are quite entertaining, proving that Director Peter Berg can handle his share of action scenes. When you finally get to see a Battleship unload on an alien ship it's really quite impressive.

Screen shot of an alien ship in Battleship
Screen shot of an alien ship in Battleship | Source

The acting definitely could have been better, which was hurt even more by the absolutely terrible dialogue. Many of the actors deliver some of the most ridiculous, unnecessary lines. Liam Neeson definitely stands out as the best performance of the movie, even though is is only in it for a handful of scenes. Taylor Kitsch doesn't do that terrible of a job with his role. While he is not the best actor, hes not the worst either. I sort of feel bad for him with him being in two of the biggest box office flops of the entire year, and possibly the biggest for many years to come, the other being John Carter.The rest of the supporting cast, including Rihanna and Brooklyn Decker, do a moderate job in their roles, with a few sticking out as being truly terrible.

The movie, promoted heavily as being based off of the Hasbro game of the same name, only contains one scene where it actually pays homage to the Battleship game. There is a scene where the crew of the USS Sampson uses Tsunami Buoys to track the movements of the alien ships, who jump from spot to spot in the ocean. When the destroyer is set to fire upon the alien ship they call out the buoy number as the target. Eagle one-one buoy is E11, similar to the coordinates on the game board. This is really the only time they reference or pay homage to the board game.

Battleship is plague by terrible dialogue, and moderate-terrible acting from its cast. The impressive visual effects and entertaining action sequences are what keeps this movie afloat. I was able to look past the terrible dialogue and acting, and thoroughly enjoy the movie. It will never land itself on one of my top 10's but for a mindless action flick, I liked it. Shut your brain off and enjoy it for what it is, a mindless sci-fi action flick.


Battleship was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 28th 2012.

Directed by Peter Berg. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, and Brooklyn Decker.

Rated PG-13. Runtime: 131 Minutes


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