Release date: 18 May 2012We also Suggest: I am number four, Green Lantern, Battle Los Angles , Hulk
Showing at: Renaissance Sun City , Renaissance Nile City Cinema , Genena , City Center , Renaissance Metro Cairo , Bandar Cinema (Maadi) , Renaissance 6th of October , Golf City Cinema
Starring: Taylor Kitsch , Liam Neeson , Brooklyn Decker , Alexander Skarsgard , Rihanna , Jesse Plemons , Tadanobu Asano
Director: Peter Berg
Duration: 131 min
Rating: stars: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars
As naval ships from around the world gather off of the coast of Hawaii for annual exercises, a beacon sent into space has reached its destination, a planet with a similar atmosphere as Earth that's sent five spaceships filled with hostile aliens as envoys. Creating a domed force field around a portion of the fleet, it's up to the crew of the destroyer USS John Paul Jones and one hot-headed lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) to put up a stop to the aliens' plans to bring more ships to Earth and take it over.
Surely everyone has played it at some point or another. If you haven’t played it, then surely you’ve seen people play it, or heard it referenced across popular culture. “You sunk my battleship” is a catchcry echoed from the multitudinous mouths of children (and adults) across the world.
Now Hasbro have teamed together with Universal Pictures to bring their board game Battleship to the silver screen. How, one may ask, does a studio go about adapting a board game to the big screen? Several have pondered said question, and the answer is so predictable that you can smell it a mile off. That answer would involve aliens thanks to Red screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber.
Brothers Alex (Taylor Kitsch) and Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard) are both part of the naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. Stone is the hero, and Alex is a feeble bad-boy with the pretty blonde girlfriend Samantha (Brooklyn Decker) whose father is the admiral (Liam Neeson). Meanwhile, scientists have recently discovered an analogous planet existing in the solar system and have imaginatively named it Planet G.
Syphoning down five intergalactic ships, the alien inhabitants attempt to set up a power source in the Pacific Ocean. Conveniently, the aliens see metal as an antagonist (as opposed to humans who are in the clear) and attack appropriately. Enlisting the help of Japanese naval officers, — and his team, including Raikes (pop star Rihanna in her feature film debut), set up a grid like system that allows them to bomb the vessels in the style of the board game.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in making Battleship look like a typical Hollywood CGI blockbuster. And it is just that, thanks to Peter Berg’s appropriate handling of the material. Sound constantly pierces and special effects continually light up the screen by exploding ships left, right and centre. There’s no doubt that spectacle and sensation is paramount to the film’s alluring aesthetic. Seeing frequent explosions and buildings collapse engages an audience in collective reminiscent memories of similar occurrences, both fictional and factual.
See the official movie website: http://www.battleshipmovie.com/