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Review: Don’t Expect Too Much of ‘Battlefield: Los Angeles’ and You’ll Be Fine

Battlefield: Los Angeles
Columbia Pictures

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez

Summary: Somewhere in Hollywood a group of people gathered in a room and thought if they combined “Black Hawk Down” and “District 9” they could get the next “Independence Day”. Sadly that’s not what happened.

One day aliens decide to attack Earth so the military has to fight back. SSgt. Michael Nantz (Eckhart) is a disenchanted marine who is one assignment away from retirement. He has seen too much combat and has lost too many men, but now aliens showed up and ruined all of his plans. Along the way he saves some civilians (Moynahan) and teams up with other soldiers (Rodriguez) to bring the aliens down.

On the plus side there’s a lot of action and lots of stuff blows up. But on the negative side, they use hand-held camera shots (shaky-cam) and much of the dialogue comes off as a recruitment video to join the marines. Basically, don’t go in expecting too much and you won’t be too disappointed.  Grade:  C

Trivia: Most of this film was actually shot in Louisiana due to tax incentives. The abbreviation for Louisiana and Los Angeles is the same, LA.

Rated: PG-13 – For intense war violence and some language.

Here’s the trailer for Battlefield: Los Angeles.

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