Full of thrills and spills, Battleship the movie starring Rihanna is a real sci-fi action thriller.
Being an international business traveller on aircraft allows you to catch up with all the latest films without ever going to the cinema. In fact going to the cinema is such a rare occurrence for me that I struggle to recall the last time that I did.
Battleship the movie is a film I’ve waited to see for a long time. As a big admirer of Rihanna it naturally worked with a big name celebrity to draw me into want to watch the film.
As much as I am a big fan, it is fair to admit she faced strong competition in the looks stake from the other female lead Brooklyn Decker, who played the lead female love interest Sam Shane.
Battleship the movie though is more a sci-fi, fantasy, military action film to have any deep love interest appeal. The all action military heroes come to the fore in this shot-em-up thriller. Attempts are made to develop the characters and some personal storyline of the lead characters. For instance the male lead character Alex Hopper (played by Taylor Kitsch) is a down and out bum who makes good by joining the military. This then falls foul to his character flaws and he is destined to be booted out of the Navy once an international military naval exercise comes to an end.
In true Hollywood style things turnaround as he becomes the hero of the piece as he helps to save the day leading a bunch of surviving key characters who defeat the aliens who’ve invaded the earth.
The character setting is built up in Battleship the movie with Alex Hopper dating Sam Shane, who is the daughter of the Navy Admiral Shane (played by Liam Neeson). In typical Hollywood fashion which Battleship clearly scripts to, Admiral Shane doesn’t like Hopper. This dashes Alex’s courage to seek the Admiral’s approval for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
The headline plot is more around an alien invasion. In the early part of this century, the story goes that a far away planet (Planet G) has been discovered and it resembles characteristics similar to Earth. As a result it is suspected that it is the best chance to find a planet supporting life. By 2006 a satellite system is set up to send communication signals to Planet G to find out if life exists.
By 2012 these signals reap rewards when Planet G sends five probes through space to land on earth. One probe appears to crash into a satellite and deviates from its course and crash lands into Hong Kong, killing thousands.
The other probes land in the Pacific, near Hawaii which is where the communication system focused on Planet G is set up.
Of course, the timing coincides with the joint military exercise so all acting nations involved are part of the exercise to find out what is going on.
Ally McBeal fans will soon perk up interest as this is when we first see Peter MacNicol who plays the role of Secretary of Defense. This is when the various military and intelligence agencies try to figure out what is going on.
Our lead character of Alex Hopper plus Raikes (Rihanna) are part of the three who go to make initial contact with the probes which have landed in the ocean.
As the aliens establish their presence in Battleship the movie, they send out a force field like shield to gear themselves up to lock in around the Hawaiian islands. It is soon established that the crashed probe was the communication link for the aliens. Without it they set out to take control of the Hawaiian communications and contact home, in true ET style.
The film inspired by the Hasbro game, Battleship the movie then enters full military mode as a battle of weaponry and guile ensues. Special effects fans will love some of the drama in this action thriller.
Our lead Alex, then comes to the fore when his brother is killed in combat so he, as next in command, takes control of his naval destroyer U.S.S. John Paul Jones.
Eventually the aliens seem to have an upper hand yet a lower ranking officer raises a point of weakness in the aliens by comparing them to his pet lizard, of all things. His instincts are correct though and help the military even up the battle.
The John Paul Jones is lost in battle and the main characters take charge of the decommissioned U.S.S. Missouri, an old US Navy Battleship.
It is from here that the game, from which inspiration is derived, comes to light. The big guns on the ship are fired based on coordinates of the likes of “E11” which mimic the famous kids toy.
By this stage Captain Nagata has already taken command of naval affairs for those trapped within the forcefield surrounding the Hawaiian islands. The book “The Art of War” is quoted a few times in Battleship the movie to provide some military inspiration to proceedings.
In the end of course, the humans reign supreme and overcome what appears to be a far superior enemy. Alex also gets to ask the admiral if he can marry his daughter. The response is a clear “No”. Yet we are clearly directed to believe that it turns out well in the end with thumbs up from both Sam and Alex.
Overall Battleshipthe movie plays strongly on its special effects and some headline names playing some of the lead characters. The script is far from inspirational yet after all it is an action movie.
The creators of the Battleship aliens maybe lacked true ingenuity in their design of the aliens. They are very human like with arms, legs, plus facial features very much like our own. The ships and weaponry of the aliens feel like something from Transformers rather than out of this world.
The acting is pretty much standard with no lame performances. Rihanna makes a credible debut in a serious acting role. However the challenges were not too great. No long speeches and basic one or two liners acting on or challenging captain’s orders.
The rest of the cast are convincing enough but as I say, the script was not challenging. “Let’s go” and “What was that?” are pretty standard fare. Also, since I was watching a plane edited edition it appeared as though numerous expletives were edited out.
For all you film buffs here are the primary cast members of Battleship the movie:-
- Lieutenant Alex Hopper – Taylor Kitsch (looks like Kevin Sinfield)
- Commander Stone Hopper – Alexander Skarsgard
- Petty Officer CORA “WEPS” Raikes – Rihanna
- Sam – Brooklyn Decker
- Captain Yugi Nagata – Tadanobu Asano
- Cal Zapata – Hamish Linklater
- Admiral Shane – Liam Neeson
- Secretary of Defense – Peter MacNicol
Battleship the movie is a film for sci-fi buffs and action hunters. The film is an interesting debut for Rihanna who chose not to go down the rom-com route.
Have you seen Battleship the movie? If so please leave a comment below as to whether you agree or disagree with my view.
Overall I would say that Battleship is not a film that would draw me in for the storyline and plot. This is more down to my taste than the quality of the film.
For me Battleship the movie would score a 7 out of 10.
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