Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Length: 131mins = 2hrs 11mins
Recommendation: Oh yes. Even if you think no, do try it. Loads of action and great humor too.
Based on the classic Hasbro naval combat game, Battleship is the story of an international fleet of ships who come across an alien armada while on Naval war games exercise. An intense battle is fought on sea, land and air. What do the aliens want?
My Thoughts and Summary:
Alex Hopper is a smart man, but lazy at times. His brother, Stone, decides Alex is joining the Navy with him after breaking into a gas station store to get a chicken burrito for a beautiful woman at the bar. A woman who happens to be his brothers Admirals' daughter. We then find ourselves at the Naval games between different countries hosted in Hawaii. Alex ends up in a fight with Captain Yugi Nagata, after reprimand by Admiral Shane Alex can't work up the courage to ask him for approval of his daughters hand in marriage. Alex learns after leaving for the exercises that when they return he will be kicked out of the Navy for his disciplinary actions. Once out at sea Aliens, who have picked up the transmitted signal from a Hawaii station sent to a world that is similar to Earth, land on Earth in the sea. Our war game ships come across them and some trapped inside the barrier created by the Aliens fight. While investigating the alien ship, an attack is made and ships go down, including the one Alex's ship leaving Alex as Commanding Officer. Alex then takes the fight into his own hands with the talents of those with him.
I have to say I wasn't to keen on getting this movie. I really didn't think it would be one I could get into, even with the alien aspect. Boy was I wrong! Really. I was shocked I enjoyed this movie so much. Maybe going in with not much hope helped but I really enjoyed it.
There was very good humor. Alex is fun to watch, even though he does some stupid things, but brings a lightness to the serious situation. I really liked him from the get go. The way his personality was played up with the other characters as well. I was taken by him.
The fights! Oh wow. Really great to see battle at sea, not something I see all that often anymore. Was well done. And the mention of Art of War was brought up several times, and that no one understands the meaning of 'fight your enemy where they are not.' But by the end, Alex finds a way to do this. hee hee.
Now we can't forget the signal station on land. That is brought into focus with the girlfriend, and what the aliens are trying to do here. This also brings the battle to land, and air.
One thing I really loved here, the mention of veterans. Veterans are mentioned and honored in the beginning, and they are brought back in the end. This was a great aspect to include into the movie. Wonderful! Really. If you watch the movie, you will respect this as well. And those old guys are kick arse! LOL!
Really wonderfully done to hold the interest and full of action and blowing up. My husband really enjoyed this movie just as much as my son. Both made it a point to say "Very good!" after watching. Well done to all of us.