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5 Ridiculous Lines From "Battle Los Angeles."

by Eric Kohn
March 10, 2011 5:54 AM
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By now it should come as no surprise that the thinly conceived alien invasion movie "Battle Los Angeles" is a serious dud. But even the whiff of awfulness conveyed by the trailer (below) and those nondescript posters can't fully convey the absurdity of this vaguely fascist and blatantly pro-war parable, in which Aaron Eckhart leads a team of soldiers into a severely damaged Los Angeles in the wake of an attack from some barely tangible foe.

So barely visible that they're basically an abstract threat, the aliens in "Battle Los Angeles" basically fill in the blank where any old enemy will do, placing the facile emphasis on the military's drive to restore order. At least they talk like they mean it. A few highlights--or lowlights, rather--from the screenplay:

"I'd rather be in Afghanistan."

"That was some serious John Wayne shit."

"‎"I've got that sticky stuff all over my mouth...why are you laughing?"

"Marines don't quit."

"It sounds like the punch line to some bad joke."


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  • actionman | July 22, 2011 6:36 AMReply

    GREAT action flick. It's not rocket-scientist's fucking ALIENS FIGHTING SOLDIERS.

  • Jesse Arnold | July 21, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    Wow. Never been called a "shill" before. Had to look that one up.

    That has to be what I am, because apparently no one could like this movie just because they choose to. Would now be a bad time to mention I also like most Michael Bay movies? I also like comedies, dramas, animation, sci-fi, thrillers, monster movies, and the occasional romance flick.

    I just like movies.

    I don't believe that this movie was made for any reason other than someone had an idea, and someone else thought it could make a good movie, and be profitable. Yes, Hollywood makes movies to make money. I have no illusions about that. As for everything else in the previous post...let's just agree to disagree.

  • Sabretruthtiger | July 12, 2011 2:32 AMReply

    Jesse 'Shill' Arnold. It's blatant globalist pro-war propaganda "You're my little marine" give me a break.
    It's well known to anyone with their head not up their rectum that the military advises and lends equipment in return for editing the movie scripts to serve their interests.
    Now how about a movie on the US torturing and killing women and children in the middle east? The military don't fight for democracy, they fight purely for the interests of the Rothchild-led banking cabal that controls all the Western nations.
    I don't hold anything against the good troops that have their heart in the right place and want to fight for democracy and peace but they don't realise they're being used. They're then cast aside and have their benefits taken away and demonised as homegrown terrorists.

    This movie and it's ilk are designed to condition us to being eliminated and being in a war zone, which is precisely what the eugenicist globalists have in mind for us. Forcible population reduction. It's also to condition us to believe the fake alien threat they're going to stage to unite everyone behind their world government. All western Governments releasing their x-files at once and the saturation of hollywood with alien invasion films? You'd have to be brain dead not to see the staging.

  • Jesse Arnold | July 3, 2011 12:54 PMReply


    Just a movie fan and proud uncle. I have never served in the military. But I am proud of the many members in my family tree that have.

    Would it really matter if I was?

  • joe van wood | July 3, 2011 10:45 AMReply

    I think Jesse Arnold may be a recruiter in the military.

  • Jesse Arnold | July 3, 2011 6:23 AMReply

    Sir, I have to disagree with you about this movie.

    Are there some cheesy lines? I won't argue that. I don't think you listed any of them here. In context those lines were spot on.

    What was absurd about this movie? Granted I don't believe we will ever see an alien invasion of earth. A squad of Marines are sent to secure an area and rescue civilians. Pretty straight forward if you ask me.

    "Fascist" What? What was fascist about this movie? Please tell me you're not referring to the hierarchy of military command. You really lost me with that comment.

    "Blatantly Pro-War" Again I ask, where do you draw that conclusion from? Should the characters have just surrendered?

    You've offered nothing to back up any of your assumptions about this movie. I do not think this was the best movie I have seen, but it was not as bad as you're making it out be. You are entitled to your opinion, but could you at lease explain why.

    The movie was thrilling. In context of an invasion story I thought the movie was quite exciting. Staff Sergeant Nantz (Eckhart) was a well conceived character. The rumors about him amongst the marines, the confrontations with his younger commanding 2nd Lieutenant, all great character stuff. Not to mention the journey he goes on over the course of the roughly 48 hour time period.

    It was exciting to watch a movie in this genre completely from the view point of the military. There were no heroic speeches by political leaders, no rise to the top civilian hacker genius. It was simply military. We didn't watch the whole world go to hell, just LA.

    The marines themselves were great individually and as a unit. Having just witnessed my nephew follow in his grandfather's steps and graduate from the USMC, Parris Island the week before this released on video, I was impressed with how much they captured the persona of young marines.

    I don't believe this movie is pro-war. It certainly suggests we defend ourselves if attacked. That I have no problem with whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie in theaters, and even more so now on video. I've said my piece.

    Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

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