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First Battle Los Angeles Trailer

Posted: Sat, 13th Nov 2010, 5:01am

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Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez and Bridget Moynahan star in Battle los angeles. For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.

Release: March 11 2011

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doP5CnZ97is

Song in the Trailer
Johann Johannsson - Sun's Gone Dim

What do you guys think?
Posted: Sat, 13th Nov 2010, 10:19pm

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is it me or is there suddenly a large boom of alien invasion films?

skyline
Independence day 2&3 (post production stage)
Now this.
Posted: Sat, 13th Nov 2010, 10:23pm

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Looks really cool, and it seems to be a 'movie' movie unlike District 9 (documentary/whatever style), Monster ('boring movie where nothing happens' style), Skyline (Syfy channel TV movie style). So I will see that one.
Posted: Sun, 14th Nov 2010, 12:59am

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Yeah, this movie looks completely badass.

Seriously though, Skyline was probably the worst movie I've ever sen.
Posted: Sun, 14th Nov 2010, 1:52am

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So... this is skyline rehashed?
Posted: Sun, 14th Nov 2010, 2:21am

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Why is everybody talking about Skyline all of a sudden? It's a crappy cash-in of a movie that will be forgotten by next month neutral

This looks like an entertaining take on alien invasion movies, but I saw nothing to indicate it was going to do anything at all original... so I guess I'll just rent the Bluray at some point.
Posted: Sun, 14th Nov 2010, 1:42pm

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Rating: +1

"right, we have found the alien brian in this huge mother ship, we are about to sneak up and destory it rendering the whole enemy fleet useless."

"HOOOO RAAAARRR! RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!"

"damn, there goes the stealth option. Kiss your ass goodbye Earth."
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 7:22am

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Pooky wrote:

Why is everybody talking about Skyline all of a sudden? It's a crappy cash-in of a movie that will be forgotten by next month neutral.
You mean other than this thread? Because I have no idea. I simply brought it up because this looks exactly like Skyline. Of course, Skyline looks like every alien movie that preceded it. Skyline is just the most recent crap release, so we mentioned it.

But seriously, I expect nothing from this film, just like I expected nothing from Skyline.
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 9:33am

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videofxuniverse wrote:

"right, we have found the alien brian in this huge mother ship, we are about to sneak up and destory it rendering the whole enemy fleet useless."

"HOOOO RAAAARRR! RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!!!"

"damn, there goes the stealth option. Kiss your ass goodbye Earth."
haha, genius.

To be honest I though the trailer looked pretty cool. I enjoy the simple lots-of-explosions, aliens, marines and cinematic destruction sequence films from time to time.

I'm just hoping the glorious American military can sweep in and save us Brits at some point in the film.
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 10:47am

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Let's hope a few hipsters get caught in the crossfire.
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 1:27pm

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Love the trailer. Doesn't say anything about how the movie will be though. I'll probably just enjoy that trailer no matter how the film turns out. Seriously though, how can the film ever live up to that trailer?
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 2:52pm

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It looks ok- i usually give most movies a chance as you sometimes enjoy something that you wouldn't otherwise- however this does look a bit like the template alien movie- americans battling aliens with lots of explosions, newsreels etc. I think it's borrowed too much from films of the same genre- it works in some places but then it doesn't gel- it's almost like they've said that they want the most successful bits from each film in the movie no matter how it looks. It's got the epicness of the Transformer films- the handheld/dv style fo cloverfield- documentary style of District 9 and so on. Whilst they work perfectly for those films it just seems like Battle for L.A has just put too much in without really mastering each style.

Having said that i will see it- most trailers aren't necessarily representative of the film (Even though they're supposed to be) i'll probably wait until it's in a bargain bin or i can rent it though- i ain't wasting £6 on it! biggrin
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 3:49pm

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i think that this sort of film could have endless sequels,

Battlefield new york,

Battlefield Washington

Battlefield London

etc... you get the idea
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 3:55pm

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videofxuniverse wrote:

you get the idea
Battle: Johannesburg

Oh, wait...
Posted: Mon, 15th Nov 2010, 4:50pm

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Staff Only wrote:

videofxuniverse wrote:

you get the idea
Battle: Johannesburg

Oh, wait...
oh no they got their hands full with the "fookin paroons"
Posted: Thu, 13th Jan 2011, 12:56pm

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*bump*

Another trailer is out, full length theatrical.

Like!
Posted: Thu, 13th Jan 2011, 6:45pm

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Very skeptical about this one. Trailer looks cool enough, but the premise of aliens coming to take our bounty of resources doesn't really work for me these days.
Posted: Mon, 17th Jan 2011, 12:08am

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The third trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FolsP6xFsKg

Is pretty great, gets the mood perfect. I think I will actually go and see this movie because it feels like it might be something a bit darker than other movies with the same premise/genre.

-Matt
Posted: Mon, 17th Jan 2011, 10:48pm

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Incredible. Another movie about aliens coming to earth and trying to destroy us in the process. That has to be the 5th one in the past two years.
Posted: Mon, 17th Jan 2011, 11:31pm

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videofxuniverse wrote:

i think that this sort of film could have endless sequels,

Battlefield new york,

Battlefield Washington

Battlefield London

etc... you get the idea
...all building up toward the inevitable but awesomely epic BATTLEFIELD EARTH!!!

Oh, wait....
Posted: Tue, 18th Jan 2011, 2:16am

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Axeman wrote:

videofxuniverse wrote:

i think that this sort of film could have endless sequels,

Battlefield new york,

Battlefield Washington

Battlefield London

etc... you get the idea
...all building up toward the inevitable but awesomely epic BATTLEFIELD EARTH!!!
With Travolta and Whitakker reprising their roles!
Posted: Tue, 18th Jan 2011, 1:46pm

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Fools! While you were still learning how to SPELL YOUR NAME, I was being trained to milk every ounce of money out of a film by making endless direct-to-video sequels!
Posted: Wed, 19th Jan 2011, 2:10am

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What I'd like to see is a movie like this where they spend the entire movie defending earth valiantly, only to realize at the end that it was all a big misunderstanding, or that some parts of earth handled the encounter in a way that led to peace instead of annihilation. And I mean with proper subtlety, as opposed to some general deciding to bomb the suckers for no reason. Now that'd be pertinent.
Posted: Wed, 19th Jan 2011, 10:23am

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What I'd like to see is a movie like this where they spend the entire movie defending earth valiantly, only to realize at the end that it was all a big misunderstanding, or that some parts of earth handled the encounter in a way that led to peace instead of annihilation. And I mean with proper subtlety, as opposed to some general deciding to bomb the suckers for no reason. Now that'd be pertinent.
I'd definately be in line to watch that film too.


Battle LA looks like a cool mindless blockbuster though. I'll go watch this in cinemas.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 7:46pm

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How is the movie.

According to the reveiws it doesn't look that good.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 10:15pm

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Ebert's review is particularly funny:

Roger Ebert wrote:

Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you've been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart.
Course, the guy is decidedly behind the times, so I'll probably just rent it to see.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 10:18pm

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Sollthar wrote:

Battle LA looks like a cool mindless blockbuster though. I'll go watch this in cinemas.
I'd say that's pretty accurate. The critics are naturally inclined to hate this kind of movie.... so I wouldn't read to much into the criticism. It's just the usual "stupid script", "shaky/queasy-cam", etc. But really.... you get exactly what you're paying to see: lots of 'splosions and other pretty vfx.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 10:19pm

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Actually, most of the reviews I've been seeing mention that the effects and visual design are themselves pretty terrible. Not sure if that's true or not.
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 10:38pm

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I saw a clip on some late night talk show, and the action looked utterly dreadful and confusing. Has the worst shakycam I've seen since Borne Ultimatum, but even more disorienting since there was little to no visual relationship between the frenetically-cut shots to keep you oriented in space. Granted, it was a 60-second clip, but I don't hold out much hope that the movie as a whole will be markedly better...

Also, does anyone know why the aliens invade Los Angeles? LA and its surrounding area has zero natural resources (which is the supposed reason for their invasion) and it's a daft strategic move if you are trying to take over the country/world.

I guess Occam's Razor may suggest that the aliens simply hate TMZ and Perez Hilton as much as I do, and got tired of doing nothing about it. wink
Posted: Fri, 11th Mar 2011, 11:46pm

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I don't think they only invade Los Angeles..... rather, they invade all the major cities across the globe. I seem to remember a line from the trailer saying that there was a mothership over a bunch of cities, or something like that.

In my last post, I was saying that in general... you shouldn't let the critics influence your decision to see this type of movie., simply because most of them just won't like it. They'll say something like, "yeah... the effects are good... but the script is terrible". But... I've since read a few reviews, including Ebert's review, and a lot of them are pretty much trashing the effects and design of the film. If the critics are criticizing the effects of an effects-driven film... then yeah, maybe this is one to skip. smile
Posted: Sat, 12th Mar 2011, 12:47am

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I guess I'm the only one who didn't notice the shaky cam in Bourne Ultimatum. The whole movie felt pretty stable to me.
Posted: Sat, 12th Mar 2011, 6:40am

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Yep, you're definately the only one. smile


Shame. I rather liked the trailer. Ah well.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 7:07am

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I got dragged to this movie tonight. I was expecting it to just be some brainless but entertaining, action-movie sci-fi effects extravaganza, but boy was I wrong. It was so, so much worse than I expected. There wasn't a single level on which I didn't find this film to be rubbish. The special effects came closest to being good. They weren't all that bad, but there was absolutely nothing original involved.

The sci-fi element didn't actually exist in the film. It could have been Canadians attacking and the plot wouldn't have changed in the slightest. The fact that aliens were involved was completely irrelevant; its actually a war film, not a sci-fi film.

The camerawork is the worst I have seen since The Bourne Ultimatum. Imagine a scene where the camera is hand-held to help convey to the audience the sense that they are actually there, in the moment. Now, imagine that the camera man for that scene is drunk, hopping on one leg on a trampoline while filming, and you will start to get a sense of how stable the camera is. There is not a single shot in the entire film where the camera isn't jerking all over the place, even in the quiet, supposedly character establishing shots before any of the action has started. How they expect you to feel like you are 'in' the story at all when every second you are aware that there is a camera, which is being jarred about as severely as possible, is beyond me. When you are reminded of the existence of the camera every second of every scene, its hard to forget that you are watching a film.

The characters and plot weren't all that much worse than I expected, really. which is very formulaic and really really poor. All in all, I'd rather watch Battlefield Earth than Battle Los Angeles again.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 7:14am

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Axeman wrote:

I'd rather watch Battlefield Earth than Battle Los Angeles again.
Surely you can't be serious?!
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 7:25am

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Heh, that review definately says it all.

*scratches the film from his list*
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 8:19am

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Just as I suspected.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 8:29am

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Thrawn wrote:

But seriously, I expect nothing from this film, just like I expected nothing from Skyline.
You may now praise me.
Posted: Sun, 13th Mar 2011, 5:54pm

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Good call, Thrawn.

The surprising thing was, I didn't expect anything either, and I was still disappointed.
Posted: Mon, 14th Mar 2011, 12:24am

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Wow! Just wow. The negative reviews on the camera work is true. Not only is it shaky cam in 95% of the movie, they do micro zooms in the other 5%. It was completely awkward watching a cemetery scene with a soldier talking to a headstone and the camera jarring all over.

I do agree that this feels more like a military movie more than a sci-fi. Not sure I cared why the aliens were here or what their capabilities were. I felt it did a decent/solid job of conveying the chaos through limited information being given to the soldiers.

I'm not sure I can be that critical of the story since I knew what it was.

It's not a great movie, but I don't think it's as bad as Ebert says.