Battleship

Battleship

Peter Berg (2012)

125min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The third Hasbro toy-to-film franchise (after Transformers and GI Joe) doesn't mess with a winning format. This is Transformers at sea, with rebellious no-hoper Taylor Kitsch turning naval hero to fight alien invaders - in this case snake-eyed cyborgs who pilot ocean-hopping spacecraft, armed with giant yo-yo weaponry. Once the soap opera settles down, director Peter Berg (Hancock) delivers grand-scale wanton destruction in an unrelenting special-effects extravaganza that's the very definition of dumb fun. Nonsensical and patriotic to a ridiculous degree, the film makes up rules as it goes along and when in doubt, defaults to disaster mode with CGI vistas nabbed from such blockbusters as Titanic, 2012 and Pearl Harbor. Despite her much touted appearance, singer Rihanna barely registers as a gung-ho gunner.

Summary

A reckless slacker joins the Navy, hoping to win the respect of his girlfriend's father, a stern admiral. He and his shipmates are put to the ultimate test as part of a force of vessels that must battle an invading fleet of powerful alien spaceships. Sci-fi adventure, starring Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard.

Cast & Crew

Lt Alex Hopper Taylor Kitsch
Stone Hooper Alexander Skarsgård
Adml Shane Liam Neeson
Cora Raikes Rihanna
Capt Yugi Nagata Tadanobu Asano
Sam Shane Brooklyn Decker
Jimmy "Ordy" Ord Jesse Plemons
US Secretary of Defense Peter MacNicol
Cal Zapata Hamish Linklater
Walter "The Beast" Lynch John Tui
Director Peter Berg
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 Apr 2012
Drama