Battleship was yet another hollywood Sci-fi action movie, that for one reason or another didn’t live up to it’s budget or cast. While some actions scenes were cool, it was ultimately slow, often cheesy and had one of the most predictable scripts of all time. I found myself constantly guessing what the next line would be and constantly getting it right!
Starring Taylor Kitsch, best known for his other 2012 Sci-fi movie John Carter, as Lieutenant Alex Hopper in the US Navy, Kitsch plays a character who in my opinion is not very likeable. Liam Neeson also features as Admiral Shane, in what was also an unusually unlikeable character as well. To top it off, Rihanna is for some reason quite a major character, and while she wasn’t actually that bad, she was still a very strange person to have fit the role as the only female on board the ship.
The movie is very slow for the first hour with no action scenes whatsoever as we get an unecessirily long background story of all the characters. It’s more like a boring Drama show to begin with which would surely annoy the demorgraphics this film is aimed at.
Once the concept of sending signals to a mysterious planet that may bare living organisms comes into play, the movie picks up a little with some suspense and intrigue at what these ‘objects’ coming towards Earth are. Panic sets in and the movie actually starts to have some life and purpose.
However without giving too much away, it slowly dies down again as the lines and plot become mostly predictable and put bluntly, boring. The CGI of it all is pretty decent though, and there’s a few good scenes that had me actually interested in what was going on. The soundtrack is ok, with ACDC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ keeping me awake late on in the movie.
The final 10-15 minutes had a good build up, which was a pleasant surprise after almost 2 hours of trying to make the most of an average movie. However, with all it’s flaws, Battleship does a decent enough job of passing time and while I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it, I definitely didn’t hate it with a passion or anything.
There will be some demographics who like this, namely those who like action and perhaps want to unwind and sit back and watch some decent enough explosions and shooting. I also decided to stay for the whole credits as I just had a tiny feeling there would be a post credits sequence, so if you do end up seeing it make sure you stay for that. Overall it was not a movie I liked or would recommend, but if you were set on seeing it then it might be worth a look. C