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Battle: Los Angeles

Battle: Los Angeles
Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo and Michael Pena

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Nina  
Release date: March 11, 2011 Released by: Columbia Pictures

Finally! An alien invasion movie that wasn't really about alien invasion! Picture this – Earth hanging out one day watching the news about a meteor shower that escalates into a full blown alien attack before you can say where's my gun? This fast paced, action packed, gun shooting, bomb exploding movie is a thrill ride from beginning to end, with enough of a good plot and believable characters to make it worth your movie ticket money.

This movie is about a platoon of marines that are mobilized to recover civilians trapped behind the enemy lines when aliens quickly take control of Los Angeles. Led by Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz, played by Aaron Eckart, who was literally walking to his car after signing his discharge papers when the aliens attack, is put back in charge after a mission in which he lost part of his team. He is carrying this burden as he is put 2nd in command to fresh off the block Lt. William Martinez played by Ramon Rodriguez.

The story is more about the team, coordinated and believable, each individual man functioning in a unit that faces stressful military situations – ambush, heavy fire, impossible combat situations, loss of comrades and an enemy that seems to be part terminator and part alien. The action is a little heavy on the shooting and lucky for us, the alien is not the majority player. The alien invaders seem to be functioning more like drones that are taking commands from a central location. They shoot guns in formation and fall back as a group quickly when things start to go wrong for them.

All the characters lend something to this movie, Michael Pena, always good, and in this one a hero, makes the sacrifice to save his son, Ne-Yo, who is proving to be a good little actor, has some good lines and Bridget Moynahan is believable and not too sappy. Michelle Rodriguez has a great part and you cheer for marines when they have the choice to make it to safety or go back to engage the enemy and they move together as unit, no man left behind. There are great shots of what L.A. might look like if completely destroyed, and the aliens don't take away from the movie with gross shots or unnecessary goriness.

When it's said and done, you don't feel cheated, it was well worth the time and it leaves you with a feeling of hope for humankind. You want to believe that the military forces of the world are this strong and confident and we would have a chance to run any alien off the planet. This is well worth seeing, lots of action and a good story, well worth the price of a hot dog!!

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