The Battle for Earth Begins at Sea
Battleship (2012) is a sci-fi naval war movie based on the classic Hasbro naval combat game, Battleship. I played the game once and I really like it! :D
Synopsis: Young and reckless Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) gets himself into trouble when he tries to court Sam (Brooklyn Decker) who so happens to be the daughter of U.S. Navy's Vice Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson). Frustrated by his behavior, his brother Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgård) enlists him into the U.S. Navy. He's assigned as a lieutenant onboard USS John Paul Jones with crew mates Raikes (Rihanna), Ordy (Jesse Plemons), and Beast (John Tui). Together with naval fleet from 13 other nations, the ships are out in the Pacific ocean for a military exercise. Things get out of hand when they encounter an unknown gigantic vessel floating in the middle of the ocean.
Meanwhile back on shore on Oahu, Hawaii, Sam teams up with a double-amputee war hero Mick Canales (real-life Iraq veteran Lt. Col. Greg Gadson) and a communications nerd Dr. Zapata (Hamish Linklater) to foil the aliens' attempts of sending transmission back to their home planet.
I watched this movie twice and honestly speaking, it's more than just a brainless popcorn movie! Battleship is definitely an impressive action-packed blockbuster movie masterfully directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom). Initially, it seems like Hasbro's propaganda move and it's quite hard not to compare Battleship with Transformers. You see the similarities? Brought to you by Hasbro, robots / ETs, things get blown up, a young reluctant hero (Taylor Kitsch versus Shia LaBeouf). Well, if it truly is Hasbro's tactic, it sure is a good one.
With its simple plot strengthened by impressive action sequences, astounding visual effect, intense score by Steve Jablonsky, and a great script with comic-relief moments, Battleship is definitely a winner!
More so, director Peter Berg has these to say and they truly are strong supporting elements of this movie.
How was it taking the USS Missouri out on the sea? "Awesome. That was awesome... And we had all these veterans, these men in their nineties, who came out, put their uniforms on, and they were crying. The ship was out there and people were going crazy. It hadn't been out in ages. Battleship is intended to be a fun movie, but I make no secret of the fact that I'm a huge supporter of soldiers and veterans, and we have real veterans who lost their limbs in our movie. Those guys, the old men that all come out in the end, are all real veterans, and I get emotional around that. It was a great experience for me." [via]
How did you find working with veterans such as Gregory Gadson? "Greg I found in an article on modern prosthetic in National Geographic, and I was flipping through it. I knew I had this character of a wounded soldier, I turn open a page, and there was Greg Gadson in his uniform, all muscle. Like The Rock from here [torso] up, and this intense look, and these two wild-looking robot legs, I'm like 'holy shit, I want that guy'... The veterans, we used veterans' administrations to find living - because a lot of these guys are in their late 90s, one of these guys was 102 - guys who served in World War Two and could still get around, move around. And these guys, there were about forty of them, and they just had the time of their life." [via]
About comic-relief moments, pay attention to Ordy, Dr. Zapata, and also the interaction between Alex Hopper and Captain Nagata (Tadanobu Asano who acts as Hogun in the movie Thor). You will love them! :)
All-in-all, Battleship has proven itself to be a successful addition to the sci-fi alien invasion movie genre. Watch this awesome movie now if you haven't!
Oh, and it causes me to want to buy the Battleship game by Hasbro as well! :D