Battle Los Angeles

March 11th, 2011

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Battle Los Angeles

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A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.9/10 (75,999 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan

Los Angeles and other cities around the world are being bombarded by meteors that seem to be slowing down once they hit the earth's atmosphere. The earth is suddenly being invaded by space aliens that have landed off the shore of LA, and who begin killing everybody along the beach. The military is ordered into action. Marine Staff Sergeant Nantz (Aaron Eckhart), who was about to retire, is reassigned to a new platoon. The platoon, flown by chopper to the forward operating base at Santa Monica Airport, is being led by a new 2nd Lt. Martinez (Ramon Rodriguez). They are sent on a mission to rescue some civilians who are trapped at the police station within alien territory. They only have 3 hours to complete their mission and get out before the Air Force bombs that zone.

Aaron Eckhart - Sgt. Michael Nantz
Ramon Rodriguez - 2nd Lt. William Martinez
Will Rothhaar - Cpl. Lee Imlay
Cory Hardrict - Cpl. Jason Lockett
Jim Parrack - LCpl. Peter Kerns
Gino Anthony Pesi - Cpl. Nick Stavrou
Ne-Yo - Cpl. Kevin Harris
James Hiroyuki Liao - LCpl. Steven Mottola
Noel Fisher - Pfc. Shaun Lenihan
Bridget Moynahan - Michele
Adetokumboh M'Cormack - Corpsman Jibril Adukwu
Bryce Cass - Hector Rincon
Michael Peña - Joe Rincon
Joey King - Kirsten
Michelle Rodriguez - TSgt. Elena Santos


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 11 March 2011

Filming Locations: Barksdale Air Force Base - 40 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: MXN 9,854,252 (Mexico) (11 March 2011)

Gross: $83,441,911 (USA) (22 May 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cpl. Oswald's military unit ("40th ID") is a real unit - The 40th Infantry Division (Mechanized), known as the "Sunshine Division", is a modular division of the United States Army. It is a four brigade combat team division with National Guardsmen from throughout the Pacific/Western United States and Oceania. Its Division Headquarters is located at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the early scenes set in Camp Pendleton, several A-10's are shown on the flight line. A-10's are flown exclusively by the U.S. Air Force, not the Marines. MCAS Camp Pendleton houses only helicopter squadrons, and fixed wing close air support aircraft such as F/A-18's and AV-8B Harriers would be launched from other nearby Marine bases such as Miramar.

[first lines]
Reporter on TV: unprecedented meteor shower falling off the coast of Tokyo. The entire city is mesmerized by this incredible sight. Two hours after the first contact, an unidentified enemy has reached our coastlines in a swift and militaristic attack. Right now one thing is clear: The world is at war.

User Review

Hoorah, I guess..

Rating: 1/10

Just Saw this Film at an advanced screening in Long Beach.

Battle: Los Angeles is the tale of Staff Sargeant Nantz' last day as a marine. Without spelling it out or drawing a diagram, the audience and the marine platoon we are following, are immediately deployed into Los Angeles for reasons they do not know. Soon we learn that indeed Aliens are landing off the shore of LA and killing everyone on the beach. The platoon we are following is sent on a mission to get some survivors from a gas station several miles from the coast. Generic movie ensues.

The film is shot like Bourne with epilepsy. I'm 21 years old and not too old to follow the action on screen, its just really, really, annoying when 80% of the shots are extremely herky jerky close-ups. There is not a single steady shot in the entire film. Not one. The intensity of the effect wears off right after the first alien is killed. After that the movie spiralled downhill deep, deep into the realm of the cliché. I'm going to name a few character's roles that are in this film, see if you can recognize them from other films you've seen. Experienced, hardened leader who gets a new platoon. Young officer straight out of officer's school who can't handle the action. Bad ass chick who can shoot. Soft and sweet nurse who gets picked up along the way. An Asian guy, a black guy, a white dude from the south, and a rookie make up the main part of the platoon. There is a scene where tension is high and its just a damn dog making noise. Start to see where this is going? This movie had some good things going for it. Its use of silence was well done. The blasting boom of the gunshots were startlingly realistic. The alien spacecrafts are awesome. The aliens themselves are pretty cool. Its just that the screenplay is terrible. SOOOOOO cliché in every way. This is your standard war movie just with Aliens. The ending is just as cliché as the rest of the film. Don't fool yourself into thinking it will actually be difficult to beat the aliens. 0 thought involved.

Hopefully Mr. Liebesman has better luck with the final product of Clash 2 than he did with this. Everyone I saw the movie with thought it was pretty bad. Movies like this that I totally enjoyed: District 9, Cloverfield, Avatar (somewhat), City of God (cinematography) and Blackhawk Down. All much, much better than this.

District 9 and the Bourne Identity had a really stupid baby.

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