Battleship stars Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna, and Alexander Skarsgard. They are pitted against large spaceships as the planet is invaded by aliens. It features serious dialogues and loud explosions. But it scores a direct hit with its special effects, fast pace, and good performances from the cast members.
Battleship begins with scientists send a signal to a newly discovered Planet G. It is received by aliens and soon afterwards, ships come from outer space for a surprise attack. Two brothers make a stand for humankind. Commander Stone (Alexander Skarsgard) and his brother Alex try their best to save the planet. They each command their own battleship.
Alex’s girlfriend Samantha (Brooklyn Decker), who is a military physical therapist, is seen trekking through the mountains with a paraplegic played by real-life Iraq veteran Gregory D. Gadson. He is a bilateral above-the-knee amputee who makes his acting debut in this movie. The mountain summit is also the final destination of the aliens, as it’s the only place where they can call for more reinforcements.
Battleship is directed by Peter Berg, who is also the same man responsible for Hancock. It feels like he tries to be like Michael Bay for this movie as each shot is rendered with a warm glow. Editing of Battleship makes it coherent.
Battleship is a movie that should not be taken seriously. In a way it is like Pearl Harbor but with aliens and with a not so serious attitude. The aliens are human-sized with transforming weapons. The CGI make them look good.
One of the highlights of Battleship is when Yugi Nagata (Tadanobu Asano), captain of a Japanese naval destroyer, finds a way to search and destroy the alien spaceships. He uses old weather buoys as the sailors track enemy wave patterns on a grid that changes if something moves in the water. It’s a clever way of adapting the classic game into the big screen.