Battle Los Angeles (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 97 minutes.
OK for children.
This is mindless action after
the first 15 minutes of setup, although why they wanted to set anything
up in this is beyond me. Some funny-looking aliens are attacking earth
for its water and a small group of marines, led by Aaron Eckhart, who is
long in the tooth and ready to retire, is the only thing that stands
between the aliens and victory.
The entire movie is action,
with the marines shooting aliens with millions of bullets, and the
aliens completely destroying Los Angeles, although in reality the movie
is set in Santa Monica. Santa Monica might have a cause of action
against whomever it was entitling the movie ďLos Angeles.Ē
There is a big laugh line near
the end of the film, although nobody got it in my screening, which was a
normal showing in a Los Angeles theater. This small squad goes forth to
rescue some civilians in Santa Monica. As I said, they fire millions of
bullets with their automatic weapons. They arenít visibly carrying any
supplies and thereís no headquarters to which they can return to reload.
So they fire all these bullets throughout the 97 minutes. Then with
about 10 minutes to go one of the characters says, ďIím running out of
ammo.Ē Running out? It seems as if each gun holds over a million rounds
because we never see anybody reload.
Another anomaly is that the
squad is trying to move some civilians to the Los Angeles Police Station
on 10th street. But there is no Los Angeles Police Station on
10th Street. There is no Los Angeles Police Station in Santa
Monica. It would be like having an NYPD Station in Los Angeles. The LAPD
Station is on Purdue in West Los Angeles. When they finally show a
picture of it, itís entitled ďLos Angeles Police Station, West Los
Angeles.Ē Maybe this will only bother Angelenos, but it bothered me.
The movie will probably be of
more interest to people who live on the West Side, like me, because they
use the names of familiar streets, like Pico and Olympic Boulevards. But
the locations are so shot up, there really arenít any familiar sites,
except for the aerial shots of the city.
Itís not particularly violent
because the aliens are so funny-looking (actually they look like robots,
even though they do have non-machined insides). So when they are being
machine-gunned, itís not the graphic violence one sees in so many movies
The pace is fast enough and
the goal of victory so seemingly elusive that this is a pretty
entertaining ride, despite the total lack of story and character