Screening Room: BATTLESHIP

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

When the fate of mankind is under attack from extra-terrestrial forces and will be determined at sea…

American scientists find a planet in another solar system that has a similar life-supporting environment to earth. What do they do? Beam a message that you can actually see in the form of light into space. What does it lead to? An attack that promises to wipe out the human race.

While all this is happening, the U.S. Navy is conducting a multi-national exercise in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. Three of the vessels are trapped in the force field created by the alien space ships that establish a base in the middle of the ocean. Will humans succeed in pushing back the alien attack?

“Battleship” is inspired by the Hasbro board game that many children play, combining some strategy and a bit of luck, to destroy the battleships of the opponent. Just like the three “Transformers” movies, this is a loud spectacle that only caters to one kind of audience: action fans. The movie, with not much of a plot, banks on its special effects and that is pretty much all there is to it.

For the Chinese audience, it feels kind of strange to see Hong Kong’s Bank of China tower being destroyed in the alien attack in a fashion similar to how World Trade Center came down in the September 11 attack. Another long scene which left me squirming in my seat is the soccer match at the beginning between the U.S. and Japanese Navy’s. Numerous flags of the Japanese Navy were flying proudly around the field. I am not sure if Hollywood knows that these are the same flags that represent the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. I cannot imagine myself being the only person feeling uncomfortable with this.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Universal Pictures.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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