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Battle L.A.

Most of my nerdery resides in the realms of film and comics. It’s not often that I venture into the gaming world aside from the Final Fantasy franchise; however, my friends are quite different. Since returning from Africa in 2004 I’ve spent countless hours watching them triumph over video game after video game, a lot of which were first-person-shooters.

I’ve watched Luke slide through the slipstream and battle the Covenant in Halo; and seen John assume the role of Marcus Fenix to fight against the Locust Horde in Gears of War. Then there is JLB and his gun-toting journey through time via the Call of Duty series. Having never fired a single shot myself, my experience with first-person-shooters remains extensive thanks to the time invested by these weekend warriors.

The reason I share this slice of information with you is two-fold: first, because of the important role video games have played in modern movie making; and two, because of the part they play in today’s feature film in particular.

Battle: Los Angelos is Relativity Media’s latest production, and like the rest of their library it’s already inspired a lot of interesting conversation. While their last partnership with Sony produced a computer friendly film in Social Network, this effort is more console worthy. Battle L.A. is certainly going to inspire comparisons to Alien Invasion films of the past, but such parallel’s seem short-sighted. This Oorah-screaming-bullet-riddled-war-of-the-worlds is more visually reminiscent of the gaming franchises mentioned above.

Aaron Eckhart’s play’s lead as “Staff Sgt”; the strong and silent type willing to win be any means necessary. If his rank-over-name status isn’t enough, let me bridge the gap and say that this character is an honorable salute to the beloved Master Chief. However, the gaming parallel’s extend far beyond just it’s great protagonist. The scripts heavy military jargon, amply modified weaponry, hi-tech battle armor, and cool multi-purpose vehicles all made me reminisce over fun afternoon’s with friends and a Blockbuster rental.

If you’re prepared to see the land of sins and starlets be bombarded by a horde of heartless aliens you are gonna love Battle: Lost Angelos. However, if you’re thinking that the extraterrestrial thing has been done to death, and you’ve gotta better things to do than tell me this: have you ever seen a movie like this on the big screen?

Because that’s how it looked to me and my life at the movies :)

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I personally really loved this movie, hence why I saw it twice! #BattleLA is a crazy and intense ride into the action and chaos of war. Eckart did a Great job with Staff Sergeant Nantz! Cant wait to cop this on blur ray!

    • Anonymous

      It definitely was a great display in sights and sounds, and it really got ALIEN INVASION WEEKEND off to a great start. Also, it was awesome to return to the Queensway Cineplex and attend my first opening night release of 2011. A of landmarks achieved with this viewing, (like film #25), but all that aside it was great to see your pet project launch off to number one. Congrats on winning the box office buddy!!!

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  • Chris Elliott

    That’s cool dog. It’s funny how desensitized we have all become from this shit. Cool piece though. It ain’t my thing thing, but I respect it.

    holla

    • Anonymous

      Glad you enjoyed the read. It definitely isn’t your cup of tea, but it is a great visual experience nonetheless. Happy that you support no matter, as that’s what matters most. SLIME!!!

  • Chris Elliott

    That’s cool dog. It’s funny how desensitized we have all become from this shit. Cool piece though. It ain’t my thing thing, but I respect it.

    holla

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