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Battle: Los Angeles

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent alien invasion movie is a waste of time.

Movie PG-13 2011 116 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 16+

Has strong messages of: commitment, dedication, heroism, bravery, and the will to overcome seemingly impossible odds.

I don’t know why this movie was not rated well, because my son and I loved it! Great movie! I almost didn’t watch it because of some bad reviews - glad I didn’t listen to them. Amazing battle scenes that were very realistic. The depiction of an alien invasion was well done, believable, and the scenes of the vast destruction of Los Angeles were epic. Majority of acting was good throughout - especially main characters. This movie has strong messages of: commitment, dedication, heroism, bravery, and the will to overcome seemingly impossible odds. Also had some moving dramatic scenes. Very entertaining from start to finish with lots of unexpected things happening. Definitely recommend this movie! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Parents notes: Zero sex/nudity; zero drugs; frequent, violent war scenes with lots of people dying (not gratuitous, just realistic war scenes); strong language/swearing, but realistically I think most people would have lots of similar language if aliens invaded and were destroying everything and everyone in sight! Not for younger kids due to violent and scary war scenes as well as sadness from people dying.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (61 ):

Director Jonathan Liebesman unhesitatingly leaps into the fray with his camera twitching and lurching, capturing more flying metal and concrete dust than actual characters or aliens. But even though he chooses, disappointingly, not to linger on the invading creatures, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES is not a subtle movie. It's 100% devoted to rampant destruction.

It's possible to actually recognize some of the actors -- Eckhart, Michael Pena, Bridget Moynahan, etc. -- through the haze and the Marine uniforms and helmets, but none of them has anything much to say; sometimes it's hard to hear anything above the noise, and sometimes the music blares at the top of everything. There's hardly a breather or a moment to connect with anyone. Once upon a time, alien invasion movies were about ideas. They usually managed to tell us something about what it means to be human. Battle: Los Angeles only shows what it's like to waste everyone's time and money.

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