I went to see “Battle: Los Angeles” Saturday night with a friend of mine, and I actually liked it for the most part. I don’t want people to think that I am necessarily complaining about the film itself. The film itself was good. It portrayed what could possibly happen when aliens invade and how humans would possibly react to them. It wasn’t funny stuff.
The movie started out really fast and made you feel sympathy for the soldiers. This is where I thought the film was really good. It was somewhat of a social commentary on how soldiers lose people in wars and how they feel about it.
The staff sergeant lost a bunch of his men and his soldiers were all upset about him, but they still had to follow orders from him since he was the one that was in charge. You had to feel sorry for him.
Over time you saw a bonding between soldiers over sympathy for each other. One soldier wished to see his wife back home, and another soldier wished to get married to his girlfriend. Some people didn’t even make it out alive. In one scene a helicopter went up full of people in it and they all blew up. They thought all hope was lost. It was rumored that the aliens wanted to be on Earth for their water.
This is where I think everything went wrong in the film. I came to the film hoping to see humans being wiped out but soon the film revealed just how primitive the aliens were.
The staff sergeant discovered that the aliens could only see or hear people based on the electronic signals that they carried. As soon as they discovered this fact, they told everyone to turn off their cell-phones and radios. At that point in time—the mass slaughter seemed to just stop all and the aliens were left looking really dumb. These aliens could only see based on electrical signals.
What kind of aliens are that dumb? On top of that, the staff sergeant was able to lure an alien ship over by a radio frequency and blow it up with ONE SINGLE GRENADE! Most alien ships can withstand tons of human fire (and resistance is usually futile). But no, one single grenade can kill an alien ship.
To make matters worse, the aliens themselves could only withstand 100 shots of bullets from their body armor and if you shot to the right of where a human heart would normally be you could just easily kill them. You could literally kill an opposing alien by just stabbing their heart. That makes no sense.
Aliens are supposed to be fearsome and awesome creatures! They aren’t supposed to be weak creatures that use the same kinds of weapons as humans do. They had ONE machine that was really awesome, that was basically a gigantic flame-thrower, and their ships had lasers, but other than that their weapons seemed pretty low-tech as far as the alien race goes.
Don’t get me started on their mother-ship. Their mother-ship was really weak. Yes, the mother ship is the ship that controlled all the alien’s air forces and given something that has such a high priority like that, one would think that it would be better guarded right? Guess again.
The humans were easily able to destroy their mother ship by launching ONE LASER GUIDED ROCKET at it. Once they had a direct hit on the mother-ship, the whole thing blew up. What kind of aliens build a mother-ship that can be destroyed so easily? After the humans blow up the mother-ship you can see them going back to the military base and then telling everyone else how they destroyed the mother ship, so the rest of the human resistance can beat them more. If the aliens had better technology they could have won but no, they underestimated the humans.