Battleship is a classic alien vs human action movie. With massive action scenes often resulting in something being blown up, occasionally funny dialogue and generic warfare, you could easily mistake this for another very expensive Michael Bay style two hour action scene. However I believe there is something interesting underneath the initial impressions, something that perhaps makes this movie worth seeing.
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In Battleship the US government and NASA decide to send radio signals into space, to another planet (Planet G) which is similar to Earth in an attempt to contact other intelligent life forms. The aliens receive the signal and fly to earth where they land in the middle of the ocean, near three navy ships during a training exercise. The alien ships appear hostile because they block the ships from leaving an electromagnetic dome they create. Other ships try to help from the outside but ultimately it turns into a fight between the aliens and three Navy battleships, which soon turns into one battleship, The Captain of that ship is Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), a man regarded as being lazy, incompetent and lacking leadership skills.
Other things go on outside this dome, with the movie sweeping off to show Hoppers girlfriend (Brooklyn Decker) infiltrating alien communications, the government freaking out as the government usually does in these sorts of movies and the military trying to figure out how to get through the dome. However the main focus stays on Alex Hopper and his ship throughout the movie.
This is fairly stock standard stuff, and this movie will get the usual action movie goers and make a tidy profit but the impact will be minimal. With this in mind there are a couple of things that make this worth seeing. An interesting technique Battleship uses to personify the aliens is to occasionally show the situation literally through their eyes. This is intriguing because it demonstrates is the way in which the aliens interpret the humans and earth without having to create a story for them. Although I don't believe this idea is properly explored , it shows potential and added a layer of complexity to a fairly simple plot. This along with a great acting performance by Liam Neeson, gives Battleship something a little unique, just enough to keep me watching
Battleship is an average movie. It's patriotic, the action scenes are well choreographed and the scale is massive but it also has a simple plot, mediocre acting (Neeson being the exception) and falls short of its own expectations. It won't amaze you and you probably won't remember it next month, but it'll keep you entertained and interested while it lasts.