Battle Los Angeles (2011) – 6/10 science fiction war movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer: Christopher Bertolini
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Producer: Ori Marmur
Aaron Eckhart: Ssgt. Michael Nantz
Michelle Rodriguez: Tsgt. Elena Santos
Ramon Rodriguez: 2nd Lt. William Martinez
Bridget Moynahan: Michele
Ne-Yo: Cpl. Kevin Harris
Michael Peña: Joe Ringon

Battle Los Angeles (2011)

As several meteorites containing identical objects crash to Earth at the same time off the coast of the world’s highest population centres, the military scramble to combat what is clearly an orchestrated invasion. But when your opponents are so technologically advanced as to invade from outer space, what can man do to stop them?


Agreeable attempt to produce a serious, focused, straight-forward military movie where the enemy just happen to be aliens. However, this produces a struggle between the Hollywood alien invasion (they invade the whole earth at once, have a simplistic motivation and get defeated simplistically and everything must explode with a giant fireball but no splash damage) and the realistic combat (every character is given a role, rank and full name – most unusual – and they even, occasionally, reload… with giant fireball ordnance). Additionally, the contemporary editing style removes all shape, story and sense of space from the action. The overall effect is thrilling enough but not memorable or distinct.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, mild swear words, crude innuendo and war violence, unpleasant and slightly gory scenes.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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One thought on “Battle Los Angeles (2011) – 6/10 science fiction war movie review

  1. Battle: Los Angeles was such a good movie! The special effects were the best thing about the movie, especially with all of the alien craft that was in there, it was amazing! Currently, I am in Vegas waiting for the CES to start, and I didn’t want to have to pay for the movie through my hotel, so I just streamed the movie to my laptop using my Blockbuster Movie Pass. I didn’t even have to pay extra just to watch the movie on my laptop! I can watch it on my TV at home as well or even go to the Blockbuster store and rent the DVD. DISH is pretty much giving it away for free too. Whether or not I worked for DISH, I would still use the Blockbuster Movie Pass because I’d be broke without it from all the movies I’ve watched!

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