Movie Review: World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action, science Fiction
Running Time: 1 Hour 56 Minutes
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez

Synopsis: 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.

Verdict: I don’t mean to sound like Simon Cowell, or any British for that matter, but this film is just absolute rubbish. If you thought ‘Independence Day’ and ‘War of the Worlds’ were bad, this one is way worse. It’s cliche, unoriginal, the dialogues are cheesy and the shaky camera effect is overdone. The only thing that kept me interested was the design of the aliens, aircrafts and machineries. I personally think the best recent extraterrestrial-related movie is still District 9.

Alien incompetency: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE) Firstly, the aliens’ laserguns seem a little weak as hitting the target would only give them a patch of third degree burn. Secondly, one of the aliens actually had a clear backstab shot at Lehiman and it didn’t manage to kill him. Then at the final battle scene, how is it possible for 7 soldiers to hold off the entire army of aliens at their command centre? This should only happen in video games! Furthermore, why the heck did the command centre-cum-mothership float off from the ground anyway? For the humans to have a clearer shot? They don’t even have force fields as shield. Guess the technology of the aliens here aren’t as advanced as the ones in the other alien films (SPOILER ENDS HERE).

Favourite quote: -Santos: “The nasty stuff’s all over my face.” -Harris: “Don’t you let them do that on your first dates?”

Funniest comment on the film: “i love this movie…but its funny how all the black people survive.” -FallGameProductions

Rating: 1.5 / 5

Date for the show: Christy Hii

Her verdict: “I liked the beginning part of the film although the shaky picture gave me a headache. I tend to talk a lot during a movie if it’s not entertaining (and that’s exactly what we did).”

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  1. x goh thuan ho

    your 'Alien incompetency' is wrong, firstly, the third degree burn of that guy had is caused by a explosion on the ground, not the alien's guns, the alien's laserguns is weak ? it killed Mr.Rincon (Michael Pena) with 1 shot in the abdomen. Secondly, the alien did had a clear backstab shot at Lenihan but it hit his bag. finally, few guys in that '7 soldiers' did get killed by aliens, why cannot hold off ? they know how to kill them, they reloaded their ammo at F.O.B, they got explosive weapons. furthermore, its not a mothership, its a command center of aliens in los angeles only, it float off from the ground to get away from the missile strike range, no..they dint want the humans to have a clearer shots, it did use the aliens aircraft drones to block the incoming missiles

  2. toninkush

    @Isaac Yes I always include a second opinion on my reviews. =)

    @x goh thuan ho You are probably right about the laser weapons but I could recall that they caused only burns to most of the marines in the beginning of the film. About the backstab, it clearly shows how useless the alien, or its weapon is. It could not shoot through the bag, nor could it aim at Lenihan's head instead. Lastly, how does getting the command centre floated up gets it away from the air strike range? It's ridiculous to me. I don't even wanna start on the 7-soldiers part.

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