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First Trailer For Mario Van Peebles, Carl Weathers Starrer "American Battleship" Rip-Off - "Battleship"

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 22, 2012 11:07 AM
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Scheduled to be released on home video just before the big screen Battleship will open in theaters... Mario Van Peebles and Carl "Action Jackson" Weathers star in what is essentially a rip-off of the big screen Battleship movie, titled American Battelship

The synopsis for American Battelship reads:

When a fleet of mysterious ships wage war against the Earth, only the crew of the USS Iowa, the last American battleship, can prevent global armageddon.

Sound familiar? If you've read the synopsis and watched the trailers for Peter berg's Battleship (co-starring Rihanna), which we posted here, it should. 

Directing American Battleship is Thunder Levin (responsible for 2008's Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood; remember that one? I heard it killed in South Dakota).

American Battleship is scheduled to be released on DVD/VOD on May 15th; Peter Berg's Battleship is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 18th. Hah!

I should note that the company behind American Battelship (The Asylum Home Entertainment) has done this kind of thing before; for example, this year they released Battle of Los Angeles (starring Kel Mitchell and Nia Peeples) on home video during the same week that the then-upcoming big-budget studio movie, Battle: Los Angeles, opened in theaters.

And they've released a trailer of American Battleship, which is embedded below; ya know, I gotta say, this actually could be an improvement on Peter Berg's flick :)

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  • Inye Wokoma | March 22, 2012 11:01 PMReply


    "Fire the big guns."

    Oh, I'm loving it! I much prefer my corn without pretense.

  • Inye Wokoma | March 22, 2012 10:58 PMReply

    Mockbusting as political and cultural critique and satire. The layered implications could be rich.

  • DAX | March 22, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    It's funny how we would call something coming out of Hollywood a rip-off of something else when we know full well that that town is vicious and corrupt! I wouldn't doubt that scripts and ideas are being stolen and the lesser financed films try to come out as soon as possible. I would think If you steal my idea I have to get mine out since it is my baby and now you've stolen it, not saying that's what happened here but I trust no one in that town!

  • Akimbo | March 22, 2012 12:41 PM

    No, Dax, this is a legit rip-off. It's called a "mockbuster." They make these low-budget versions of bigger movies and hope you or your grandma gets confused while DVD shopping at Walmart. Ka-ching.

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