Hollywood can never break-off its fascination for World Vs Alien concept. For years it has been churning out such flicks that have stereotyped storylines of alien like creatures devastating the world life and few manage (particularly the military forces) manage to win over them.
Oops! It looks so clichéd and so is Battle: Los Angeles released as ‘2011 Azhivin Arambam’ in Tamil. Released by Sony Pictures with more prints, it doesn’t stand out in any aspect as a special movie. Moreover, it lacks the grip in narration, perfection in technical aspects.
To be precise the hand-held close up shots and unnecessary moments makes the viewers quite annoyed.
For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world - Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world's great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It's up to a Marine Staff Sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they've ever encountered before.
Director Jonathan Liebesman seems to have taken things lightly assuming that anything presented to the audiences will be received. There isn’t even a single point where we tend to come across the interesting sequences. The dialogues are so ready-made and the screenplay is so tedious that even a child watching such movie for the first would fail to recognize a movie and instead perceive it to be a video game with joystick in the hands of an invisible person.
The visual effects are so inadequate and fail to live up to our expectations. On the performance front, the actors look amateurish and their characterizations so prototyped.
On the whole, ‘Battle: Los Angeles (2011) is a commercial potboiler from Hollywood studios. With many big tickets arriving by next week, it has less probabilities of surviving at box office.
What works: Nothing in particular
What doesn’t work: Narrative and Technical aspects
Verdict: Below Average
Production: Jeffrey Chemoy
Direction: Jonathan Liebesman
Star-casts: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and others
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Lukas Wagner