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Monday, 6 February 2012
Battleship: Super bowl trailer is spectacular, if still derivative, and will have won over many...
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.
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.