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Title:   Battle Los Angeles
Director:   Jonathan Liebesman
Year:   2011
Genre:   War
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   06.29.12

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
06.29.12Netflix Sometimes you're in the mood for a cliched war movie, and I know I've thought before that it would be cool to see a standard war movie except the enemy is aliens. Not like ID4 where you're in the white house and shit but just like a Viet Nam or WWII movie where you're on the front lines with the grunts... but with aliens. Well that is this movie.

I really high hopes for this. I was holding out, thinking it might have been underrated upon release or something like that. I think it kind of is because a lot of it is pretty sweet. Unfortunately, it's kind of ruined by just how many cliche moments are in here. It's like there was some criteria where every line spoken by a human has to have appeared in at least 4 movies before. They had transcripts that they ran checks on for every page handed in. At first it was kind of comforting, like maybe they were doing it deliberately to root me in the genre as much as they could because the alien stuff is so far out. As the movie went on though and the boring dipshit machismo hoorah-iness of every action of every actor in every shot continued I got to wishing that it was a better war movie. Intolerable if it were human enemies, it ended up being at least watchable for me because of the way they treated the alien invasion. Half-Life 2 definitely came to mind. Gears of War came to mind. District 9 came to mind. I guess my hope would be that this would live up to those but instead it just had tiny glimmers here and there. Should've by all rights been better.
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