Battleship sinks without trace

Battleship sinks without trace

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The film Battleship has little connection to the once-popular Battleship game. Clearly the filmmakers - led by director Peter Berg - were looking for a strong brand to anchor the film. It's a marketing ploy meant to sell tickets but it comes off as cheap, and even a little sleazy.

It would be the same if, instead of naming his classic The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock had gone with Angry Birds - if the game had come before the film, of course.

A group of extraterrestrial ships land on earth. Slacker-turned-navy lieutenant Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) turns out to be the highest ranking officer left in a fleet almost annihilated by the aliens. That leaves him and crew member Raikes (Rihanna), Captain Nagata (Tadanobu Asano) and others to save the world from catastrophe.

The entire film is like one big commercial. Even though there are some respected actors - Liam Neeson, for example, who is underused and just going through the motions - Battleship screams "pay day" more than anything related to artistic pursuits.

I'm surprised the film didn't slip in the "You sank my battleship" buzz line. This tongue-in-cheek reference might have sold a few million tickets more, and the added irony added something of worth to this lopsided, commercial mess.

YP Rating: 2/5



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