Battle of Los Angeles Movie Review
Written by Charlotte Stear
DVD released by The Asylum
Written and Directed by Mark Atkins
2011, 91 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on March 22nd, 2011
Kel Mitchell as Lt. Tyler Laughlin
Nia Peeples as Karla
Dylan Vox as Capt. Pete Rodgers
Gerald Webb as Lt. Jeffery Newman
Theresa June Tao as Solano
Tim Abell as Colonel Macon
Darin Cooper as Captain Hadron
So first things first, when someone says "Hey, do you want to watch Battle Of Los Angeles?" Double check what they mean. If you simply assume it's the all action film starring Aaron Eckhart, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Yes that's right, someone thought it would be a great idea to make another with a similar plot, a pretty much identical name with the same alien space ship hovering over LA, so even the cover will confuse you. We know the cash in meter here is going to be off the charts even before the DVD is in the player.
The story is pretty basic; aliens have invaded and are attacking Los Angeles. It is up to a team from the National Guardsman to get to the city to destroy the aliens and reclaim their city. It's a hard plot to sum up really as there was a distinct lack of much of one after the first section of the film.
It begins so abruptly I felt like there was a whole first section missing. I like the idea of putting us straight in the action, but it just doesn't work here. It could have been a good way of starting a no-holds-barred science fiction thriller, sadly it doesn't take long to notice this is a very, very low budget film with an average cast and stale script. It starts off messy and gets worse from there.
So along with the army fighting these aliens we are inexplicably introduced to Nia Peeples character, Karla, who is a samurai sword swinging, cat suit wearing agent who actually slices alien spaceships with her sword. This is not the only random character popping up, we also have a fighter pilot from 1942 crash landing his plane at the beginning who has somehow managed to travel in time. But be warned, this guy is not all he seems to be. Basically, from this you can pretty much summarise this film is a mess of ridiculous plotlines that go nowhere, characters that are just too fantastical to comprehend and acting so bad it's painful.
Battle Of Los Angeles is a patchwork of other peoples work. It takes influence from pretty much every science fiction film ever made. The most blatant steals come from Independence Day, Battle: Los Angeles and War of The Worlds, in fact I had to pause it in horror when I actually heard the line, "I've got to get me one of these!" If this was some sort of spoof then maybe you could understand them lifting lines from the original influences, but here it's just plain weird and doesn't fit, instead of being humorous it just made me cringe.
Some of the acting does entertain in that it is pretty comical, the one thing that did get me through this ordeal was Robert Daniel Pike's performance as Commander Wakes, mainly for the fact he defends him and his colleagues with only a pistol that he fires at the invading spaceships. What a guy.
This film is truly terrible, it's not even bad enough to be entertaining. It is too drawn out and considering it is only 90 minutes long that is a bad sign. Its main failure is that it takes itself too seriously, the acting is over the top and the effects are laughable. You have been warned.
Video, Audio and Special features:
Video, audio and special features will not be graded as this was a screener.