By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist July 27, 2011 at 2:22AM
Update: We've added the official trailer from Yahoo below.
So the countdown has ended on the official website and...nothing happened...but as seems to be usual these days, another territory has spilled the beans early and the first trailer for "Battleship" is now online and this is what 200 million dollars looks like.
Yes, the board game is now an alien invasion movie and it looks about as soggy as you might expect from a far too expensive summer blockbuster. Starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgard, Rihanna, Hamish Linklater and Brooklyn Decker (whose ample assets are used right from the start), the trailer starts out with your standard rom-com set up -- taciturn Pops doesn't approve of rebel kid -- before turning into an sci-fi something or other with Liam Neeson coolly ordering that his ship fire all their weapons at the disappointingly generic looking alien ships. Here's the uphill battle "Battleship" faces -- it's arriving in the wake of a slew of alien invasion movies ("Skyline," "Battle: Los Angeles," "Cowboys & Aliens," and hell, even "Transformers") -- and if the creature/ship design is really this bland, it will have to do a lot more to distinguish itself as just another run through similar territory.
Does Peter Berg's film "degrade" cinema as James Cameron suggested last year? No. Is it anything worth getting excited for at this point? Unfortunately, that's a no as well. Put on your water goggles and nose plugs and check out the trailer below. “Battleship” opens on May 18, 2012. [via Cinemateaser]