Battleship – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 13, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Sarah Aubrey, Peter Berg, Brian Goldner, Duncan Henderson, Bennett Schneir, Scott Stuber
DIRECTOR – Peter Berg
WRITER – Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber
CAST – Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson
MUSIC – Steve Jablonsky
Aliens are attacking the earth again and of course, in a convenient Hollywood decree it is the US at the centre of the attack again. A few years back, NASA glimpsed the possibility of a planet with its own galaxy, sun and conditions conducive for life and built a satellite to contact it. But now the game has changed and it is the other planet that is calling the shots. It’s receivers on earth are trying to establish contact with the mother planet and in doing so turning earth into a huge pile of debris. The enemy is huge and invincible and the home team is too inexperienced. What next?
At the centre of the attack is a mammoth alien battleship, actually three of its kind filled with unstoppable fiery gizmos and ammo so potent, one of them could blow up a mountain. Besides, they have uber-cool technology, stuff that makes up Hollywood’s dearest fantasies. In the midst of all this is an almost Shakespearean hero, a man full of courage, arrogance and talent but with a great character flaw, lack of wisdom in the eye of challenge. A part of the US Navy battle-training program, he is left as the captain of his naval vessel, the only surviving vessel of the three battling the aliens. It’s a neat little logical spoke thrown in to make matters worse, much like the entire film’s universe that has simple logic and common sense used to better effect than any amount of scientific mumbo jumbo would have, or normally does.
The film is all about its spectacular special effects. The gigantic alien ship designed like a vicious animal dives in and out of the waters a number of times all the while roaring like the devil himself. It’s spectacular if you are a fan of that kind of stuff. There is incessant destruction and detailed shots of ships, buildings, bridges being torn apart mercilessly through their gut. While at times it becomes too much but the visual effects make it fascinating especially because there is little gore involved. Some fantastic cinematography and editing evoke the gasping response a film of this intent is wont to evoke.
The film rests on its intentions of providing extreme thrills and visceral drama. In this it pulls trick after trick from kitsch films we’ve left behind long back. However, a fortunate mix of decent performances, sensible sci-fi and astonishing visuals never let this dilute the experience. You do wonder what Liam Neeson and Rihanna are doing in a film like this though.