Saturday, March 26, 2011

Battle: Los Angeles

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. Small objects that appear to be meteorites crash near the beaches of several major cities. Upon closer examination they are determined to be mechanical. Alien creatures, which look like a mixture between animals and robots, start walking out of the ocean and attacking the surrounding cities. A group of marines is sent into Camp Pendleton to defend Los Angeles. They are led in battle by Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who had just applied for retirement.

The story is based on a false alarm that occurred on February 24 and 25, 1942, when mysterious objects fell over Los Angeles, inciting fears that they were being attacked by the Japanese. Director Jonathan Liebesman intended for this to be a military film. The actors went through three weeks of boot camp. Filming was shot in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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