With the impending doom of 2012 just around the corner every movie about an apocalypse is probably going to resonate a little more with me than it should. Don’t give me that look; I’m a slightly paranoid pessimist with an active imagination and an inability to resist watching movies involving such destruction… And though it doesn’t bring anything new story wise, Battle: Los Angeles does do enough to make it worth seeing among the countless other titles.
Though alien invasions are hardly anything new, Battle: LA decides to scale down an overwhelming, globe-spanning alien attack by sticking the camera within the action encountered by a small band of marines. Post the introductory bits to familiarize the viewer with the men they will be following, the film has no reason to cut between different groups once the chaos begins. There are no cuts to the president’s devastated face as he learns the news, no secret underground facilities ready to reveal the studies they have been conducting on these aliens for years, etc. [Read more...]