Battle: Los Angeles
August 29, 2011
What I really want now is an alien invasion movie where the aliens use mass drivers. (Now that I think of it though, that happened in Starship Troopers, didn’t it? But that wasn’t quite an alien invasion movie. Unless you count the humans as the aliens doing the invading. Sorry, never mind, I’ll stop now.)
I confess, I burst out laughing at the line, “Maybe I can help, I’m a veterinarian.” As if that would give her any greater insight into alien physiology than the squad medic. Ty did warn me, when he tied me to the sofa with margaritas and made me watch it, that the movie doesn’t have a brain in its head. (“It’s not just our water that they want, it’s the unique composition of our water. Our water is liquid!”)
What this movie does have is tactics, and possibly the best opening sequence in an action movie I’ve seen in a very long time. Want to know what an invasion of a coastal city by a technologically superior force might look like from the ground? Here ya go. I would just cut out all of the clumsily shoe-horned info dumpy newscasts, and every single moment of flashback and interpersonal angst. And most of the dialog, actually. Just give me the straight-up military action tactical thought experiment. Hooyah!
Also, Michelle Rodriguez’s character is exactly the kind of woman character I want to see more of. Professional, competent, without any indication that her presence is anything other than normal. And she survives to the end in this one! Let’s get Rodriguez into a leading role now, can we? Please?