By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn March 10, 2011 at 5:54AM
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."