After the world's great cities fall, a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon make a last stand against alien invaders.
" The film, constructed by people of serious talent, is designed to put you through the wringer, and that's exactly what it does. This is a total war scenario, people. Man up or stand back. Hoo-rah! "
" You can't help but wish there had been a lot more heart in this Marine's story. "
" Like an angry tenant bent on revenge, the movie industry has depicted the destruction of Los Angeles with staggering consistency if not a wealth of imagination. "
" H.G. Wells did it better. This movie spends so much yawn-inducing time on variations of the same combat scenario that its final showdown feels rushed. "
" This film feels so much like a videogame your hands keep reaching for controllers -- shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens, shoot the aliens. "
" If the talk had been surgically removed, leaving only the sights and sounds of combat, this could have been a striking, semiabstract display of aggressive energy; as it is, any viewer over twelve will go for the laughs. "
" Battle takes its fight so seriously that it's hard to get behind the mission. "
" Disaster films will really get interesting when they start running out of iconic skylines to destroy. How about "Battle: Wichita" or "Deep Impact: Albany"? "
" Excitement? Not so much. "
" Don't mean to boast, but I can suspend my disbelief as willingly as any credulous moviegoer. Yet not even an industrial crane would have helped here. Nope, Battle: Los Angeles completely defeated me. "
" ..the real problem with this picture, shaky-cam visuals aside... is its insistent, talky, unnecessary earnestness, which adds a good fifteen minutes of flab to the picture... "
" Eckhart's commitment to the movie's reality, which is as fierce as the sergeant's commitment to his men, takes what otherwise might merely have been outlandish and makes it believable, and frightening. "
" It's like watching other people play a video game "
" As a narrative, the cartoonish Battle: Los Angeles makes the cartoonish Independence Day look as nuanced as Saving Private Ryan. "
" As it stands, Battle: Los Angeles is good dumb fun. A little less talking and a little weirder alien and it might have been something more. "
" Terminally stupid. "
" A loud, frenetic, viscerally gripping two-hour tour of duty that mostly plays fair by the rules of the genre and mostly avoids macho posturing. "
" As it lurches from Act II to Act III, "Battle: Loss Angeles" reveals itself to be a lousy movie. "
" This silly extraterrestrial-invasion epic somehow manages the feat of making the destruction of La La Land seem tedious. "
" With his hawklike profile and square jaw, the hyperstalwart Eckhart looks like a comic-book hero and acts like one, too. He's so stalwart he creaks. "
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