Monday, 6 February 2012

Battleship: Super bowl trailer is spectacular, if still derivative, and will have won over many...

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There can be no denying that ever since the first trailer for Peter Berg’s (Hancock, Friday Night Lights) Battleship appeared Universal has been almost s much repairing the bad reception to that trailer as advertising the film. One of the problems the film faced, that the look and sound of much of the alien’s tech was extremely reminiscent of the Transformers live action films, simply hasn’t gone away; there are still numerous times when it feels like you’re watching the deleted scenes on the Transformers: Dark of The Moon Blu-Ray, but that has at least been turned into a strength. It is what it is so at least make it look exciting and like more fun for those who enjoyed that side of Transformers as opposed to just an inferior knock off. “From The Company That Brought You Transformers” features prominently.

Battleship movie: Director explains why aliens are in the story and... it still kinda doesn’t make sense.(Some Spoilers)

The other, and for many a snarkiest, biggest issue was with the alien involvement in a film about the very human Battleship game. Including a force field created ‘game board’ and weapons that resemble the game’s pegs. Well here Universal have simply, and to some extent effectively, dealt with the issue by showing s more of the aliens and how effective they will be as “big summer baddies; as well as the fact that once the information is out there it will only become less of an issue. Everyone knows there are aliens in the story now and they are hardly likely to get more upset / annoyed / bemused by this fact, only more used to it and less bothered.
That said am I the only one who thinks it is way to early to have anyone else try to shout “Fire Everything!” in a film? Sure Eric Bana’s Nero owns the trademark on that line for at least a decade after using it so effectively in J J Abrams’ Star Trek?

You're not Iron Man are you?

“Peter Berg (Hancock) produces and directs Battleship, an epic-scaled action-adventure that unfolds across the seas, in the skies and over land as our planet fights for survival against a superior force. Inspired by Hasbro's classic naval combat game, Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch as Lt. Alex Hopper, a Naval officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones; Brooklyn Decker as Sam Shane, a physical therapist and Hopper's fiancée; Alexander Skarsgard as Hopper's older brother, Stone, Commanding Officer of the USS Sampson; Rihanna as Petty Officer Raikes, Hopper's crewmate and a weapons specialist on the USS John Paul Jones; and international superstar Liam Neeson as Hopper and Stone's superior (and Sam's father), Admiral Shane.”

Battleship is another film that sees global audienes (European especially) benefiting from Hollywood’s belated recognition that football championships (Soccer to some) are the biggest game in town everywhere outside of North America. With the second biggest (The European Championships are apparently The 3rd biggest 'single' sporting event; after the Olympics & The World Cup) taking place this summer, in an Olympic year no less, then there’s going o be a tight squeeze on films hoping to drag football fans away from their TV sets and stadiums. So Battleship will open from the 11th of April, even though it doesn’t hit North America until the 18th of May.

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