If you can ignore the fact that Battleship is a movie based on a Hasbro board game, then you might be able to appreciate it as nothing more than a silly Michael Bay-style action adventure. In actuality, the movie has almost nothing to do with the game, which is probably for the best since I don’t recall anything about aliens in the somewhat boring combination of Bingo and Risk. (Seriously, did anyone ever actually finish a game of Battleship?) In the midst of an extremely misguided script, director Peter Berg somehow manages to deliver bits and pieces of a surprisingly entertaining action extravaganza.
At its core, Battleship has a very simple and very familiar premise, predicated on Stephen Hawking’s warning that if aliens were to come to earth, “the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans.” After Earth sends out a deep space signal, an alien fleet arrives just in time for the RIMPAC war games, turning the routine exercises into a full-on intergalactic war. Continue reading at blog.moviepass.com→